Student Achievement

Institutional Effectiveness Assessment
Professional Licensure and Certification Rates
Graduation and Retention Rates
Alumni Survey Results and Employment Status
Highlighted Assessment Results
Student Learning Outcomes

Institutional Effectiveness Assessment

Gwynedd Mercy University has established a deep commitment to outcomes assessment and to the use of data for the decision-making process at all levels: course, program, university, and institution. Using a systematic and value-based inquiry process, faculty and staff analyze the existing evidence as to what students are truly learning. The University understands that this thorough and documented scrutiny of student learning and achievement leads to improvements, as well as to acknowledgments of effective practice.

University Assessment Plan (2017-2023) (PDF) 

Professional Licensure and Certification Rates

Certification and Licensure Pass Rates for all applicable programs (PDF) - Applicable programs covered in this document include: Education, Nursing, Radiation Therapy, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care. For additional detail on teacher preparation, please refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Education Teacher Preparation Pass Rates website and search under Gwynedd Mercy University. You also can find additional information regarding GMercyU's Teacher Preparation Program through the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.

Gwynedd Mercy University's Title II Program Report 2018-2019 (PDF)

Many of GMercyU's programs were designed to meet the licensure requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. If you reside in a different state, you should carefully review your home state’s licensure requirements prior to enrolling into a program. For more information, please visit our Program Licensure Requirement page.

Graduation and Retention Rates

FIRST-TO-SECOND YEAR RETENTION RATES
Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME STUDENTS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES

(Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2019 and Returned in Fall 2020)
 

OVERALL GRADUATION RATE AND TRANSFER-OUT RATE

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.


BACHELOR'S DEGREE GRADUATION RATES
Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.


GRADUATION RATES FOR STUDENTS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2012 or Fall 2014
6-YEAR GRADUATION RATE BY GENDER FOR STUDENTS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES



6-YEAR GRADUATION RATE BY RACE/ETHNICITY FOR STUDENTS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program

Race/Ethnicity Six-Year Graduation Rate
Asian 80%
Black or African American 15%
Hispanic/Latino 80%
White 66%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 50%


Additional information on GMercyU's graduation rates may be found on the National Center for Education Statistics website.

Alumni Survey Results and Employment Status

GMercyU’s Career Development Office surveys recent graduates to gather information about their employment and graduate school attendance rates. Below are the results collected from surveys of recent graduates. 

2020-2021 Post-Graduate Survey - University Results (PDF)
2019-2020 Post-Graduate Survey - University Results (PDF)
2018-2019 Post-Graduate Survey - University Results (PDF)
 

Highlighted Assessment Results

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results 2018
For more than 15 years, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) has collected information from first-year and senior students about the characteristics and quality of their undergraduate experience. GMercyU participates in this national survey every four years and uses the findings to positively impact educational practices.

According to the NSSE 2018 survey results, 72% of Seniors rated their entire educational experience at this institution as "Excellent" or "Good."

View the full National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Results, 2018 (PDF) 

 

Student Learning Outcomes

Continuing at successively higher levels across their college studies, students should prepare for twenty-first-century challenges by gaining or becoming:

1. Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts.
Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring
 

2. Intellectual and Practical Skills, including

  • inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving

Practices extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards for performance
 

3. Personal and Social Responsibility, including

  • Civic knowledge and engagement—local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges
 

4. Integrative and Applied Learning, including

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies

Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems
 

5. Immersed in the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas for

  • Women – Advocating for the lives/rights of women.
  • Earth – Encouraging sustainable practices
  • Racism – Urging a dismantling of institutional racism.
  • Immigration – Supporting persons who have been displaced.
  • Non-violence – Promoting peaceful discourse/discernment/decision-making.