Southern Polytechnic State University

Business Administration Department

Response to CHEA Standard 12

Business Administration department at Southern Polytechnic State University complies with the requirement mandated by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Standard 12, Paragraph 12(B)(1), 2010 CHEA Recognition Policy and Procedures. For clarity reason, the following specific excerpts are provided below.

1.    Describe the accreditation standards that require each accredited institution or program to provide information to the public about its performance, including student achievement. This description must address the performance of the entire institution or program in contrast to select information about individual students.

2.    Provide evidence, such as information presented on a website or in printed documents, that demonstrates that accredited programs or institutions provide information to the public on student achievement.   

In our prior report, we provided extensive information on a variety of venue of dissemination through periodical reports on institution and program performance that are available to public. Please see our specific web page at http://www.spsu.edu/business/dissemination.htm

The current report provides additional detailed information and evidence of institution and program achievements and has been placed on the dissemination web page for public to view. Please note that the results of program assessment using program outcomes for Business and Accounting have been already disseminated and can be found at the following web site: http://www.drnorth.net/ACBSP/Prior_to_2010_Table_I.htm

This portion of the report contains four major components as follows.

 

A.   Retention and Graduation Rates – Business Administration Department and Institution (SPSU)

The following table depicts the percentage of business administration and institution undergraduate bachelor’s programs retention and graduation rates. 

Retention and Graduation Rates

 %- In Same Major

Business Undergraduate Bachelor's Programs

 

 

 Retention Rate-  201108-201208 (One Year Rate)

 

         First-time full-time freshmen (BOR definition)

46.2

         New transfer full-time

50.0

 

 

Graduation Rate-  200608-201205 (Six Year Rate)

 

         First-time full-time freshmen (BOR definition)

8.3

         New transfer full-time

22.7

 

SPSU Undergraduate Bachelor's Programs

 

 

 

 Retention Rate-  201108-201208 (One Year Rate)

 

        First-time full-time freshmen (BOR definition)

64.1

        New transfer full-time

61.5

 

 

Graduation Rate-  200608-201205 (Six Year Rate)

 

       First-time full-time freshmen (BOR definition)

21.1

       New transfer full-time

37.4

  

These % are based upon being retained or graduating in the initial major and does not look at those who changed majors.

 

 

 

B.   Retention, Progression & Graduation – Institution, School (ET&M), and Business Administration

The table below depicts a decade of data pertaining to retention, progression and graduation of institution, school (ET&M), and Business Administration students with a brief interpretation and action for improvements.  Note that Accounting is not discussed in any of these reports because Accounting did not start until 2009 so it has no six-year graduation rate data yet.

Retention, Progression and Graduation

2005-2011

SPSU

ET&M

Business

Interpretation

Action for improvement

All New Students

39.0%

40.1%

28.9%

BA graduated significantly less students than ET&M and SPSU. The vast majority of Business students are transfer students (84.2%), many of who are coming from other majors after having difficulty in that major. Additionally, Business has a significant number of baseball and basketball players and these are not traditionally good students.

·   Establish more rigorous advising.

·   Provide mentoring.

·   Provide tutoring session.

First-time Freshmen

32.6%

34.0%

16.7%

Very few business students are recruited by SPSU. While 16.7% is low, it is based on only six students’ total. Had just one more student graduated, our numbers would be higher than the SPSU average.

The University should consider making more of an effort to recruit business (and accounting) students.

Transfers

45.4%

46.1%

31.3%

A large percentage of business transfer students either had difficulty in another major and so transferred to business or they transferred in from either a two-year school or a TCSG school. As a result, these are not strong students to begin with so a lower completion rate is to be expected.

It would be useful if the report would break down the data by the school/major from which the student came so we could see if any particular area was having a problem.

2004-2010

SPSU

ET&M

Business

Interpretation

Action for improvement

All New Students

37.5%

35.9%

37.9%

This is based on fewer students than 2005-2011, 29 instead of 38.

See 2005-2011 table above.

First-time Freshmen

33.1%

32.2%

33.3%

This is based on 12 freshmen rather than the six in the 2005-2011 report. Because we have so few incoming freshmen, this number will be highly volatile.

See 2005-2011 table above.

Transfers

43.2%

40.8%

41.2%

This is based on fewer students than 2005-2011. Due to the small size, this number will be highly volatile.

See 2005-2011 table above.

2003-2009

SPSU

ET&M

Business

Interpretation

Action for improvement

All New Students

32.4%

35.6%

41.7%

For the three years under review, this is the largest number of incoming students, 48.

See 2005-2011 table above.

First-time Freshmen

28.7%

30.6%

12.5%

This is based on only eight students with one of them graduating.

See 2005-2011 table above.

Transfers

37.1%

41.1%

47.5%

This is the highest performance by the transfer students.

See 2005-2011 table above.

 

 

C.   Pass Rate Indicator – A sample semester data

Additional students’ achievement indicator may be tracked by passing rate of major courses. Specifically, using a 80 percent first-time pass rate benchmark, most courses were successful. For instance, in spring and fall 2012, the following courses had less than 80 percent. The following sample semester table (Spring and Fall 2012) shows a list of courses that had less than 80 percent pass rate.

Percent First-Time Pass Rate

The following courses had less than 80 percent

       Spring 2012

       Fall 2012

 

  • MGNT 4115 (68.8%)
  • ACCT 2101 (68.9%)
  • MGNT 3145 (72.2%)
  • MGNT 4903 (72.7%)

This is a special topics course.

  • MGNT 3125 (74.3%)
  • ACCT 4562 (75.0%)
  • ECON 1101 (75.2%)
  • ACCT 3230 (75.9%)
  • MGNT 3135 (76.5%)
  • MGNT 3205 (77.3%)
  • ACCT 4530 (77.8%)

 

 

  • MGNT 4151 (67.3%)
  • ACCT 2101 (68.0%)
  • ACCT 4560 (69.2%)
  • MGNT 3125 (70.7%)
  • ECON 1101 (71.9%)
  • MGNT 3145 (73.3%)
  • MGNT 3135 (75.7%)
  • MGNT 7503 (77.8%)
  • MGNT 4903 (78.3%)
  • ACCT 2102 (78.6%)

 

 

 

D.   Job Placement Rates

Employment statistics of Business and Accounting Majors are shown for four consecutive years (2008-2011) in the following table. Please note that Accounting program began on 2010, therefore there are no data to report for the prior years.

Business & Accounting Majors

Employment Statistics

Year

Number Reporting/

Employed

Business

Number Reporting/

Employed

Accounting

Number Reporting/

Employed

MBA

2011

43/14

32.56%

3/1

33.33%

27/16

59.26%

2010

7/3

42.86%

 

 

13/8

61.54%

2009

22/8

36.36%

 

 

21/11

52.38%

2008

10/4

40%

 

 

14/6

42.86%

 

 

 

 

 

Prepared on May 2013