What our Students have Achieved

In order to assess student achievement, Stillman analyzes a variety of data that measure students’ success in college and in preparing students to be productive citizens after graduation.  These data sets provide an assessment of the extent to which Stillman has achieved its goals of producing graduates who:

  • Exhibit competence in their discipline;
  • Qualify for admission to and success in graduate and professional schools or for entry into selected careers; and
  • Manifest the ability to do independent research, demonstrate objective scholarship, and exhibit creative production/performance appropriate to their disciplines.

The data sets measured include degrees awarded by discipline, course completion, retention and graduation rates, placement in graduate and professional schools, and teacher certification.  The tables below summarize these indicators of student success.

Degrees Awarded by Discipline

Stillman evaluates the number and percentage of students in each academic discipline in the overall student body each year.  The average percentage of students enrolled per discipline over four years plus or minus 2% is used as the expected outcome for degrees awarded by discipline.

Discipline 2010

2011

2011

2012

2012

2013

2013

2014

2014

2015

2015

2016

2016

2017

2017

2018

2018

2019

Art

 

1 4 3 1 1 2 3 0 1
Biology

 

20 23 31 24 37 24 26 14 16
Business Administration

 

17 22 32 25 24 23 23 20 20
Criminal Justice NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 2
Elementary Education

 

1 5 2 6 1 7 2 0 1
 

English

 

2 8 5 5 1 2 3 3 1
 

General Studies

 

2 13 7 8 5 8 7 8 6
Health and Physical Education 15 6 21 20 17 16 7 3 11
 

History

 

13 10 14 15 10 5 11 6 2
 

Journalism

 

4 9 1 5 3 10 5 3 5
 

Mathematics

 

1 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 0
 

Music

 

2 4 3 4 2 1 1 3 2
 

Psychology

 

4 12 12 11 19 20 18 11 24
Religion

 

1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Theology

 

0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 3
TOTAL

 

83 117 135 125 122 121 107 72 94

 


Course Completion

Stillman measures student achievement each semester in terms of passing grades awarded within the General Education Curriculum and by each Academic Department.  Earning passing grades within the General Education Curriculum and within the Academic Department ensure that a student will be making progress towards completing degree requirements.  The U.S. Department of Education requires that students complete 67% or more of all courses for which they enroll.  Therefore, Stillman uses this percentage as a benchmark for completion rates of the various subject areas.   This assessment allows the College to monitor the success of each Academic Department.

Spring 2019 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1537 1085 71%
English 105 68 65%
Fine Arts 254 186 73%
Mathematics 68 45 66%
Natural Sciences 160 122 76%
Psychology 270 213 79%
Religion & Theology 168 112 67%
Social Sciences 263 217 83%
Business 313 234 75%
Education 123 91 74%
Health & Physical Education 213 157 74%
Fall 2018 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1734 1159 67%
English 115 76 66%
Fine Arts 198 133 67%
Mathematics 90 46 51%
Natural Sciences 215 125 58%
Psychology 351 290 83%
Religion & Theology 164 127 77%
Social Sciences 217 172 79%
Business 362 260 72%
Education 77 53 69%
Health & Physical Education 182 118 65%
Spring 2018 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1383 988 71%
English 65 44 68%
Fine Arts 137 101 74%
Mathematics 99 55 56%
Natural Sciences 135 86 64%
Psychology 232 201 87%
Religion & Theology 115 84 73%
Social Sciences 160 121 76%
Business 219 170 78%
Education 74 50 68%
Health & Physical Education 139 82 59%
Fall 2017 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1461 1058 72%
English 80 61 76%
Fine Arts 100 80 80%
Mathematics 92 55 60%
Natural Sciences 185 141 76%
Psychology 332 265 80%
Religion & Theology 138 113 82%
Social Sciences 109 85 78%
Business 249 166 67%
Education 95 82 86%
Health & Physical Education 133 82 62%
Spring 2017 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1078 707 66%
English 73 50 68%
Fine Arts 205 185 90%
Mathematics 80 50 63%
Natural Sciences 202 146 72%
Psychology 237 231 85%
Religion & Theology 111 80 72%
Social Sciences 159 140 88%
Business 360 279 78%
Education 66 47 71%
Health & Physical Education 119 67 56%
Fall 2016 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1519 1042 68%
English 81 54 67%
Fine Arts 168 154 92%
Mathematics 52 29 56%
Natural Sciences 226 151 67%
Psychology 286 227 79%
Religion & Theology 123 86 70%
Social Sciences 66 46 70%
Business 316 269 85%
Education 85 63 74%
Health & Physical Education 89 60 67%
Spring 2016 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1455 953 66%
English 84 73 87%
Fine Arts 235 197 84%
Mathematics 90 49 55%
Natural Sciences 261 216 83%
Psychology 230 195 85%
Religion & Theology 122 77 63%
Social Sciences 196 174 89%
Business 366 309 84%
Education 94 59 63%
Health & Physical Education 161 100 62%
Fall 2015 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 2241 1656 74%
English 148 117 79%
Fine Arts 226 179 79%
Mathematics 77 47 61%
Natural Sciences 324 242 75%
Psychology 219 182 83%
Religion & Theology 175 135 77%
Social Sciences 176 137 78%
Business 490 396 81%
Education 121 95 79%
Health & Physical Education 201 142 71%
Spring 2015 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1682 1270 76%
English 107 88 82%
Fine Arts 205 176 86%
Mathematics 119 84 71%
Natural Sciences 326 244 75%
Psychology 271 221 82%
Religion & Theology 180 132 73%
Social Sciences 202 168 83%
Business 382 327 86%
Education 83 73 88%
Health & Physical Education 302 190 63%
Fall 2014 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 2264 1757 78%
English 165 129 78%
Fine Arts 186 159 85%
Mathematics 95 63 66%
Natural Sciences 371 287 77%
Psychology 322 276 86%
Religion & Theology 158 125 79%
Social Sciences 170 127 75%
Business 336 297 88%
Education 129 100 78%
Health & Physical Education 249 192 77%
Spring 2014 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1661 1190 72%
English 183 138 75%
Fine Arts 267 226 85%
Mathematics 138 91 66%
Natural Sciences 402 324 81%
Psychology 344 250 73%
Religion & Theology 156 117 75%
Social Sciences 224 181 81%
Business 404 330 82%
Education 84 68 81%
Health & Physical Education 287 217 76%
Fall 2013 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1780 1328 75%
English 165 132 80%
Fine Arts 246 190 77%
Mathematics 141 92 65%
Natural Sciences 365 295 81%
Psychology 352 258 73%
Religion & Theology 167 146 87%
Social Sciences 190 167 88%
Business 325 260 80%
Education 154 132 86%
Health & Physical Education 275 228 83%
Spring 2013 Students Enrolled Passing Grades Completion Rate
General Education 1515 1172 77%
English 187 139 74%
Fine Arts 360 290 81%
Mathematics 147 93 63%
Natural Sciences 363 307 85%
Psychology 299 214 72%
Religion & Theology 168 116 69%
Social Sciences 251 226 90%
Business 462 377 82%
Education 103 75 73%
Health & Physical Education 340 289 85%

 


Retention and Graduation Rates

Stillman measures retention rates of first-time, full-time students who are seeking bachelor’s degrees who return to the College to continue their studies the following fall. The expected outcome for Freshman Retention Rate is 60%.

 
Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

Fall 2016

Fall 2017

Fall 2017

Fall 2018

Fall 2018

Fall 2019

 61%  61%  61% 67% 40% 52% 68% 63%

Stillman measures the graduation rate of students completing their bachelor’s degree within 4-years, 6-years, and 8-years. The expected outcome for 4-year graduation rate is 16%; the expected outcome for 6-year graduation rate is 25%; and the expected outcome for 8-year graduation rate is 29%.

Cohort 4-Year Rate 6-Year Rate 8-Year Rate
2003 14 21 23
2004 15 24 26
2005 22 34 38
2006 15 25 38
2007 17 26 27
2008 12 20 22
2009 10 23 28
2010 8 18 NA
2011 20 28 NA
2012 17 29 NA
2013 19 27 NA

 


GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL AND JOB PLACEMENT

Stillman monitors the placement of graduates into graduate/professional school and into employment both within and outside the graduate’s discipline. The target level for graduate/professional school placement is 18%.  The target level for placement within employment related to the graduate’s discipline is 25%.

Year of Graduation

Percentage Placed in Graduate/Professional School

Percentage Placed in Work within Discipline

Percentage Placed in Work outside of discipline

2010

16

13

5

2011

7

24

7

2012

23

50

8

2013

13

40

6

2014

26

13

8

2015

11

10

0

2016

28

36

8

2017

20

33

17

2018

11

38

15

2019

28

NA

NA

 


Teacher Certification and Licensure
Stillman measures student success and achievement by tracking the number of students who obtain teacher certification with the Alabama State Department of Education.  The expected outcome is 100%.

Academic Year Number Taking Tests Number Passing Tests Pass Rate
2009-2010 11 11 100%
2010-2011 10 10 100%
2011-2012 5 5 100%
2012-2013 2 2 100%
2013-2014 5 5 100%
2014-2015 1 1 100%
2015-2016 8 8 100%
2016-2017 3 3 100%
2017-2018 1 1 100%
2018-2019 3 3 100%