Data and Analyses

For the Data and Analyses section, key performance indicators are presented, includes enrollment, demographics, retention rates, graduation rates (comprising data disaggregated by gender, age and race), student satisfaction rate, and student learning outcome achievements (disaggregated by demographics). The data include the actual numeric results, the percentage metrics, and an indication of the number of students who are the subject of the data.


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The graduation data include Westcliff University Retention Rates (both IPEDS and BPPE reporting method), IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey (GRS), WSCUC Absolute Graduation Rate (ARR) and Unit Redemption Rate (URR) along with narrative explanations of how the rates are calculated. All surveys and charts presented via this site includes: percentage metrics and achieved numbers, along with actual numbers of students associated with each measurement. Also, included is a comparison of the Westcliff University’s ARR and URR with those rates from other comparable WSCUC accredited schools (the comparison analysis could be found under the Graduation Rate Dashboard tab).

Graduation Rate measures students completing their program within the 100% or 150% timeframe. For example, a student in a 4-year undergraduate is expected to graduate within 4-years (100%) or 6-years (150%).  The rate is based on the entering cohort with exceptions.  The graduation rate is also broken down into three demographic components: gender, race, and age.

Notes: The DBA (3 years) and BA Ed (4 years) Program started in 2015; therefore, no graduation data available yet.

Westcliff University Graduation Rates by Programs




Westcliff University Graduation Rates Disaggregated by Demographics



The data includes Student success rates and First year Retention Rates. The rates measure entering students and whether they continue at the school the following year. Students who graduate within the first year are excluded from the data.

Student Success

Student success rate is measured by the number of graduates and the number of students who still enrolled at 100% program length divided by the total number of students in the cohort.  Student success rate gauges both student performance and how well the institution provides for its students.  When a student graduates from Westcliff University (WU), this indicates that the student’s academic performance surpasses and succeeds the rigorous standards set forth by the institution.  Furthermore, when a student continues to be enrolled at WU, it suggests not only is the student’s academic performance is up to par, but also that the university provides an educational environment that the student is willing to stay and keep on succeeding.  In particular, WU achieved a student success rate of over 80% in each program in 2017, with Bachelor of Education achieving a student success rate of 100%.

         Student Success Rates

2017 University Retention Rates

To assess how students are retained after each semester, the Institutional Research Department calculates the retention rates for the Spring 2017 cohort to observe how many students stay enrolled through Spring 2018.  From Spring 2017 to Spring 2018, the University retention rate is 82%.

         Retention Rates – 2017

Retention Rates by Program

         Westcliff University Retention Rates by Program

Retention Rates by Demographics

         Westcliff University Retention Rates Disagregated by Demographics

WSCUC Graduation Rate Dashboard by Academic Levels

         Westcliff University – WSCUC Graduation Rates Dashboard Summary

WSCUC Graduation Rate Dashboard by Programs

         Westcliff University – WSCUC Graduation Rate Dashboard by Program

White Paper Research

           White Paper – WSCUC Graduation Dashboard – URR & AGR Comparison Analysis

DIR calculates, collects and compares WSCUC Unit Redemption Rate (URR) and Absolute Graduation Rate (AGR) between Westcliff University and other WSCUC accredited schools. The purposes of this paper: 1. Identify trends in URR and AGR of schools that are accredited by WSCUC, 2. Determine the impact of enrollment headcount on these two metrics and 3. Analyze the variance between the rates of other schools that associated with Westcliff University.

The motivation that WSCUC requires institutions to use Unit Redemption Rate and Absolute Graduation Rate is to measure student graduation rate of the overall student body, not just first-time full-time students as IPEDS definition. The IPEDS six-year graduation rate is based solely on first-time, full-time students. Consequently, if an institution mainly serves students who have had previous college experience, their proportion of first-time students—those who enter the institution without prior college experience—may be a tiny slice of the overall student population.

The Unit Redemption Rate (URR) is a completion measure that can be applied to institutions serving any population of students (full-time or part-time; first-time or transfer), as well as institutions offering different degree programs or mixes of degree programs. It is not a measure of graduation rate, but still provides a completion measure that is entirely comparable across all institutions. Furthermore, the Unit Redemption Rate provides an independent technique for estimating an institution’s Absolute Graduation Rate (AGR), the proportion of entering students who eventually graduate, regardless of how long it takes them.

For more information, please see WSCUC URR and AGR Explanation

For explanation of formulas used to calculate WSCUC Graduation Rates Dashboard, please see WSCUC Instructions and Data Definitions

Research is made available to provide a convenient source of information on many aspects of the Westcliff University. Data on enrollment, cost, faculty and staff demographic are included

Key Performance Indicators

            Selected University Metrics 2017


Trend Data

Included in the Trend Data section of the website are data regarding national and international trends, as secured from environmental scans conducted by Westcliff Department of Institutional Research. The projections indicate a positive trend occurring in higher education. Using key indicators, the data project increases in enrollments, demographic diversity, such as race, and international students in higher education in the United States.

         Higher Education Global Trends and Emerging Opportunities

        Selected Statistics for International Students in the US

        Selected Projections of (US) Education Statistics to 2022