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Measures of Institutional Effectiveness


Updated May 1, 2015; Table legend below
Metric Type Name Actual Actual Change % Peer Average Time Period
Campus Profile
Total enrollment 24,294 -1.24% 25,372 2013-14
Annual change in total enrollment -1.24% 36.41% -0.69% 2013-14
Percent of undergraduate students receiving Pell grants 40.0% 2.56% 33.0% 2012-13
Race/ethnicity diversity as a percent of total students 19.5% 3.18% 23.8% 2013-14
  Race/ethnicity diversity as a percent of total staff 16.8%   19.9% 2013-14
  Race/ethnicity diversity as a percent of total instructional staff 13.8%   13.2% 2013-14
Average high school GPA of incoming freshmen 3.35 0.90% 3.30 2014-15
Student Outcomes
Six-year graduation rate 54.9% -1.44% 55.8% 2007-08
Bachelor degrees awarded per 100 FYES undergraduate students 22.1 1.38% 20.0 2012-13
Graduate degrees awarded per 100 FYES graduate students 46.2 5.00% 39.0 2012-13
Second year retention rate 74.0% 1.37% 76.9% 2012-13
Outreach
International students as a percent of total 6.9% 7.81% 5.3% 2013-14
  Number of seniors surveyed that participated in Study Abroad 12.00%   13.00% 2013-14
  Number of seniors surveyed that participated in Community Service or Volunteer Work 48.00%   50.00% 2013-14
Research
Research expenditures per traditionally ranked faculty US $28,889 -13.19% US $108,972 2012-13
Federal research expenditures per traditionally ranked faculty US $15,194 -14.62% US $59,204 2012-13
Finance
Institutional support per FYES 2,377 24.78% 2,604 2012-13
Endowment per FTE student US $12,566 32.27% US $11,157 2012-13
Alumni giving rate (undergraduate) 6.0% -25.00% 14.0% 2012-13

Institutional Effectiveness Measures Print Version

Legend

Each of the measures of institutional effectiveness appears as part of the university scorecard.  A status indicator appears far left column, along with other values that describe the status of a measure. These indicators allow the user to see detail about how far above or below the peer average the measure is.  The symbol and color depend on how the measure performs compared to the peer average and are based on the tolerances set.  The current tolerance is set to 10% of the peer average.

Symbol Color Performance
Green Circle Green More than one tolerance above target
Green Half Circle Partially Green Within one tolerance above target
Yellow Diamond Yellow Within one tolerance of the target
Red Half Square Partially Red More than one tolerance below target
Red Square Red More than two tolerances below target

Also provided is a trend indicator, just right of the status indicator. The trend indicator shows the direction of change in the performance of a measure (i.e. whether it is improving, staying the same, or getting worse). Trends are determined by comparing performance from one year to the next. The trend indicator shows an improvement or a decline in performance using up or down arrows and based on whether the performance has changed at least 5%. A dash is used to indicate no change or less than 5% change. It is important to note, that a performance improvement can be represented by a green down arrow if a decline in the measure value indicates a positive.

Data provided with each measure include, in order of column appearance, the value of the indicator for WMU (Actual), the percentage change from the prior year (Actual Change %), the peer average for the same year (Peer Average), and the time period of the data presented (Time Period). (Depicted below.)

Metric Type Name Actual Actual Change % Peer Average Time Period
Six-year graduation rate 54.9% -1.44% 55.8% 2007-08

As an illustrative example, if one were to examine the six-year graduation rate measure, one would see that WMU’s six-year graduation rate for the 2007-08 cohort is 54.9%. The change from the prior year’s six-year graduation rate was -1.44%. The average six-year graduation rate of WMU’s Carnegie peers was 55.8% for the same cohort. Therefore, the status indicator is a yellow diamond indicating that WMU’s six-year graduation rate is within one tolerance of the peer average. The trend indicator is a red down arrow because the difference between the peer average and WMU’s actual six-year graduation rate decreased over 5% between the 2006-07 and 2007-08 cohorts.