DATA AND ANALYSES

For the Data and Analyses section, key performance indicators are presented, including Student Satisfaction Rates, Graduation Rates, Retention Rates, Achievement of Student Learning Outcomes (Core Competencies), Student Success Rates, and Student Course Evaluations Analysis.  The data include the percentage metrics and the number of students the data represents.

 

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Westcliff University White Paper on WSCUC Graduation Dashboard

A White Paper is defined as an authoritative report giving information on an issue. The first report published below is written by Giang Do, a Research Analyst in the Westcliff Department of Institutional Research. The subject of the paper relates to an analysis of two metrics developed by WSCUC, the unit redemption rate (URR) and the absolute graduation rate (AGR).  This original research compares the rates associated with 15 different schools, organized in three different groups organized by similarity, so as to determine if different types of schools can be adequately compared by the use of these rates.

The principal finding is that the more stable a school has been (in terms of enrollment) and the longer it has been accredited by WSCUC, the higher their rates.  If a school experiences a period of high enrollment growth, regardless of its age (such as Patten University), its rates are subsequently reduced. A conclusion of the paper is this factor may limit the validity of significant comparisons between schools if this data is used by itself, particularly if applied as a measurement of student success.

Please fill out the Contact Form and request access to the White Paper in the comment box.



Institutional learning outcomes (Core Competencies) are assessed by university core faculty in each program.  Learning outcomes assessment rubrics are utilized for each core competency. There are seven core competencies that Westcliff University assesses for student learning outcomes.

The curriculum and assignments at Westcliff University are based on Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs).  They are aligned with what students learn throughout each session.  The ILO achievements evaluate the impact the institution has on the students’ educational environment.

 




 

Student End-of-Course Evaluations 2016-2017 Analysis

 


Research is made available to provide a valuable source that compares Westcliff University with other postsecondary institutions in benchmarks of key performance indicators (KPI) to show their similarities and differences.  This section also provides important public assessable information on higher education trends.  Trends showing increases in enrollment, diversity and international students in US postsecondary institutions.   

Benchmarks of Key Performance Indicators

Numbers standing alone have minimal significance until they are assessed by making a comparison against equivalent standards. This analysis compares five metrics for Westcliff with similar statistics for 19 different public and private, accredited schools. In two of the categories, Westcliff rates are the best (student to faculty ratio and loan default rate). For the other rates, Westcliff is ranked in the top 25 percent of the school analyzed on the average.

 kpiwestcliff

Note: Institutions are ordered based on Student: Faculty Ratio from highest to lowest
Sources:
College Scorecard – Department of Education
CollegeFactual.com, CampusExplorer.com
National Center for Education Statistics
Federal Student Aid – Database
Westcliff University DIR
Legend:
**: Enrollment number excludes completers and withdrew students
n.a: Data are not available
Cost of Tuition For National Average: the annual cost of tuition for private for-profit institutions was chosen as it is similar to WU financial structure.

 

Trend Data

Westcliff frequently conducts environmental scans of various aspects of the domestic and international marketplaces in order to be able to measure the impact of changes on higher education in general and on Westcliff specifically, from the past, the present and which are projected to occur in the future.  Included in this section is a selection of scans which are indicative of the type of data which are reviewed by Westcliff as a matter of course.

Selected Statistics for International Students

      Selected Statistics of US Education Statistics to 2026

Higher Education Global Trends and Emerging Opportunities

 

Westcliff University White Paper on WSCUC Graduation Dashboard

A White Paper is defined as an authoritative report giving information on an issue. The first report published below is written by Giang Do, a Research Analyst in the Westcliff Department of Institutional Research. The subject of the paper relates to an analysis of two metrics developed by WSCUC, the unit redemption rate (URR) and the absolute graduation rate (AGR).  This original research compares the rates associated with 15 different schools, organized in three different groups organized by similarity, so as to determine if different types of schools can be adequately compared by the use of these rates.

The principal finding is that the more stable a school has been (in terms of enrollment) and the longer it has been accredited by WSCUC, the higher their rates.  If a school experiences a period of high enrollment growth, regardless of its age (such as Patten University), its rates are subsequently reduced. A conclusion of the paper is this factor may limit the validity of significant comparisons between schools if this data is used by itself, particularly if applied as a measurement of student success.

Please fill out the Contact Form and request access to the White Paper in the comment box.