Student Achievement and Academic Quality
Goldey-Beacom College takes pride in the many
accomplishments of its students, faculty, and alumni – both in and outside
the classroom. Through an extensive outcomes assessment program, the College
annually reviews concrete measures of student achievement ranging from
student projects to placement rates to employer feedback. Every measure is
then reviewed to determine where and how the College can do better. A plan
is put in place, and the data is reviewed again one year later.
GBC also regularly measures a variety of components in the
learning environment to guarantee academic quality. As one important
measure of academic quality, the College regularly assesses the
accomplishments and credentials of the faculty – the heart of the
institution. Additionally, all academic programs are reviewed annually
in accordance with the established process.
Take a moment to review the most recent data on quality
and student achievement:
- The mean cumulative GPA for
undergraduate degree students in 2010-11 was 3.08.
- For the entering cohort class of
2004, 43% of students had graduated within the six-year
window (first-time, full-time, Fall-entry baccalaureate
students), above the national average for comparable groups.
- The percentage of first-time,
full-time Fall-entry baccalaureate students who return for
the Sophomore year exceeds ACT and IPEDS benchmarks and
ranged from 84% (2005) to 76% (2010).
- For the most recent baccalaureate
graduates (2011), 94% were employed within three months of
graduation (or pursuing graduate studies, not currently
seeking work due to relocation, etc.). For those graduating
with masters degrees, 90% were employed.
- Of those baccalaureate graduates,
76% found work related to their major course of study and
75% reported satisfaction with their current job. 85% of
master level graduates found work related to their course of
study, and 72% reported satisfaction with their current job.
(See Career Services
(http://www.gbc.edu/career/placements.html) for more detail
on job success of graduates).
- When employers were asked to rate
how well-prepared GBC graduates were:
Administration Majors received a 4.50 on a
- Accounting Majors
received a 5.0 on a 5-point scale.
- MBA graduates
received a 4.68 on a 5-point scale.
- Master of
Management graduates received a 4.35 on a
- At GBC, graduating students
demonstrate expertise in their major by completing a senior
paper in their field which is then evaluated by an expert
reader on that topic. For the most recent class, expert
readers’ evaluations on the matrix rubric were as follows:
- Accounting Majors
received an average 5.45 of 7 points.
Administration Majors received an average
5.57 of 7 points
- A more detailed listing of specific
learning results for business majors can be found
- 100% of full-time faculty have
earned a doctoral degree in the field in which they teach.
- The College has an 8:1 student to
computer ratio, supplemented by a campus-wide wireless
- On the nationally administered National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), over 66% of
first-year students agreed that GBC provides a supportive
campus environment, significantly above the national average
and above the College’s “selected peers.” Likewise, GBC
seniors rated their overall educational experience a 3.35 of
4 possible points -- again, considerably above the overall
NSSE average for all students and well above the selected
- For the 2010-11 academic year, the
average class size was 28.7 students.