Tracking Student Success

The College of Business and Management consistently tracks the academic progress of our students to achieve their goals of receiving a degree from us as well as their professional goals.

1. Student Retention and Graduation

Retention and graduation rates are important metrics for assessing student success. The College measures retention by tracking each cohort of first-time students from first year to second year based on the fiscal year of entry. About 75% of business students who began seeking CBM degrees in Fall 2018 returned to the College in Fall 2019.

Table 1 below reflects first year to second year retention rates for students in the CBM:

Table 1: Second year Retention Rate of Students

Entry First Year Year Two
2013 71.90%
2014 70.80%
2015 72.20%
2016 70.20%
2017 75.10%
2018 75.00%

Source: UIS Institutional Research

As the Table 2 below indicates, after four years from the start of a student at the CBM  49% of students receive a degree from the CBM, 3% from other undergraduate program in UIS, 11% are continuing their studies at the CBM, and 36% is not retained. After eight years, approximately 56% receives a degree from the CBM, 4% from other programs at UIS, 1.2% study at UIS, and 39% is not retained. These results are similar to the national mean graduation rate for public universities at 6 years (61%)  (National Center for Education Statistics, 2020). Chart 1 presents a visual representation of the CBM’s retention using a ten-year timeframe.

Table 2: Graduation Rate of Students

Yrs@CBM N Grad Total Grad CBM Grad UIS Current Student Current Student Current Student Not Retained
1 year 3,290 0.8% 0.6% 0.2% 99.2% 99.2% 0.0% 0.0%
2 Years 3,060 17.9% 17.2% 0.7% 58.0% 54.3% 3.7% 24.1%
3 Years 2,790 37.9% 36.3% 1.5% 29.7% 26.5% 3.2% 32.4%
4 Years 2,526 51.6% 48.5% 3.1% 12.0% 10.6% 1.3% 36.5%
5 Years 2,209 56.4% 52.4% 4.0% 5.7% 5.1% 0.7% 37.8%
6 Years 1,890 58.6% 54.2% 4.3% 3.1% 2.9% 0.2% 38.4%
7 Years 1,545 59.4% 55.0% 4.3% 1.9% 1.7% 0.2% 38.8%
8+ Years 1,216 59.8% 55.7% 4.1% 1.2% 1.2% 0.0% 39.0%

Source: UIS Institutional Research

Chart 1 presents visually the percentage of students who graduate from their first year at UIS to 10 years later. In Year 0 the large majority of students are enrolled in the college or graduated. As years progress the number of students graduating increases and plateaus around 59% in the sixth year. The majority of these students (55% out of the 59%) graduate with a CBM degree, 4% with a degree from a different college, 3% are still studying at UIS, and 38% have left the university.

Chart 1: Graduation Rate of Students

Source: UIS Institutional Research

 

2. Post-graduation plans: Employment and Graduate School

In a recent survey by UIS Institutional Research, the majority of CBM graduates who answered the survey were working full time (62%). Around a quarter of the graduates who answered the survey are working toward getting accepted into a graduate program. Some of our best students continue their studies in prestigious law schools or doctorate programs. For example, Mr. Oluseyi O Elliott (MIS, 2018) is currently a PhD student in business administration with a concentration in MIS at the Washington state University or Ms. Heba Qazi (Business Administration-Honors, 2019) who is attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, working to obtain her J.D. in 2022 and become an attorney.

Table 3: Current Plans of all Graduating Students

Plans  N %
Working full-time            39 61.9%
Working full-time, engaged in volunteer service             3 4.8%
Working full-time, enrolling in additional education (Accepted to program)             7 11.1%
Working full-time, enrolling in additional education (Not yet accepted to program)             3 4.8%
Working part-time             4 6.3%
Working part-time, enrolling in additional education (Accepted to program)             3 4.8%
Enrolling in additional education             1 1.6%
Seeking additional education             1 1.6%
Seeking employment             1 1.6%
Unemployed and not seeking employment             1 1.6%

TOTAL

           63

Number of responses 63 out of 309 graduates (Spring 2020)

In a recent survey of students enrolled in MGT 488: Strategic Management: The Capstone in Spring 2021, (total of students contacted 71, number of responses 37 for a response rate of 52%. Survey was available until early April), around 38% of the respondents work full-time, 6% work part-time, 31% have plans to start graduate school in the near future, and 13% are actively looking for a job. Out of the students who shared their status of their job search, 50% are considering an offer, 33% have not received offers, and 17% have not started looking for a job yet.

Figure 2: Job Search/Status