Institutional Research and Effectiveness
Consistent with its mission of developing men with disciplined minds who lead lives of leadership and service, Morehouse College has identified four student achievement criteria; Retention, Graduation, Post Baccalaureate Placement and Morehouse Graduates in Underrepresented Disciplines to evaluate institutional effectiveness with respect to student achievement. Each criterion aligns with the institutions 2015-2019 Strategic Plan. Post Baccalaureate placement and Morehouse Graduates in Underrepresented Disciplines are outcomes of the College's mission. Retention Rates and Graduation Rates are comprehensive measures of Morehouse students’success.
The College monitors first to second-year retention rates as a measure of the success of its educational programs. For the past four years, Morehouse averaged a first-year retention rate of 81%. There was a slight decline in Fall 2016. The College aims to exceed the national average retention rate for African American male students by 10%. However, in lieu of national retention rate data for African American men specifically, the College monitors its performance relative to the national average retention rate for all students enrolled at four-year colleges and universities as summarized in the figures below.
The College monitors graduation rates as a measure of the success of its educational programs. The six-year graduation rate for cohorts entering from 2008 to 2010 averaged 51%, with 50% of the most recent cohort (2010) graduating within six years. The College has established benchmarks and stretch goals for its four-year and six-year graduation rates as presented in the figures below. Because of the steady decrease in the years shown the institution has called for the Strategic Plan to be inclusive of Student Advisement and General Education curriculum modifications. In addition, the College monitors its six-year graduation rate performance relative to the national average for Black men attending four-year colleges and universities.
Post Baccalaureate Placement
Not only must Morehouse men graduate to lead lives of leadership and service, but they are also expected to contribute to society. Therefore, the College monitors students’ placement rates after graduation as a measure of the success of its educational programs. The college obtains information annually on job placement as well as graduate and professional school acceptance from the College’s Senior Exit Survey and the National Student Clearinghouse.
Division of Business & Economics Post Baccalaureate Placement
The College's Division of Business Administration and Economics (BAE) collects job placement data (representing one third of the College) as part of its AACSB accreditation. The Department of Career Planning and Placement-Business monitors placement for graduates of the Division of Business Administration and Economics. The average job placement rate for graduates of the Division of Business Administration and Economics from 2014-2018 is 86%. The majority of BAE graduates receive an employment offer.
Morehouse Graduates in Underrepresented Disciplines
One way that Morehouse demonstrates leadership with its young men and through its young men is by leading the nation in the production of graduates in various underrepresented disciplines. Over the past ten years, Morehouse has led the nation in African American male graduates in seven disciplines and ranks in the top five in a total of thirteen academic disciplines. The college monitors its degrees conferred by discipline for African American men relative to other institutions. This information is summarized in the table below.
NOTE: In its Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that institutions publish "statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals." The disclosure above is intended to satisfy this SACSCOC policy. This information is updated during the fall term of each academic year.