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The U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes accreditation by SACS Commission on Colleges ("SACSCOC") in establishing the eligibility of its accredited institutions to participate in programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, and other federal programs. Federal statutes include mandates that the SACSCOC review an institution in accordance with criteria outlined in the federal regulations developed by the U.S. Department of Education. As part of the review process, institutions are required to document compliance with those criteria responding to federal mandates and the SACSCOC is obligated to consider such compliance when the institution is reviewed for initial membership or continued accreditation. One such criteria is Federal Requirements Standard 4.1, which states, "The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. Criteria may include: enrollment data; retention, graduation, course completion, and job placement rates; state licensing examinations; student portfolios; or other means of demonstrating achievement of goals."
Wade College uses Persistence and Retention Rates, Qualifying Professional Portfolio Critique, Graduation Rate, and Graduate Employment Statistics to evaluate student achievement. Tracking and assessment of each of these measures of student success aligns with the institution's mission to help students to "provide its diverse student population with the skills and knowledge to be a productive part of American society" and to "develop the competencies necessary for immediate employment and career advancement in their chosen fields". Continuous evaluation of these methods allows the college to ensure that administrators, faculty, student services, academic affairs, and career services are effectively supporting this mission.
Persistence and Retention Rates
Wade College believes that among the most important measures of institutional effectiveness and student satisfaction is our persistence and retention rate. The institution is committed to providing a dynamic and challenging educational program complete with support services and career opportunities available to all of its students. The institution has established, as a goal, a 85% persistence and retention rate for each trimester of instruction.
For the 2015–2016 academic year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016), actual persistence and retention rates were as follows: 88% for the fall 2015 trimester; 87% for the spring 2016 trimester; and 88% for the summer 2016 trimester. Such data reflects the retention rates for all matriculating students regardless if they are either first-time, full-time undergraduate students or not; additionally, the institution tracks the data by trimester, not by a yearly cohort.
Qualifying Professional Portfolio Critique Scores
Wade College believes that practicing presentation and interview skills is an important component of a student's success in preparation for professional experiences in his or her chosen industry. The Professional Portfolio Critique (PPC") consists of each student presenting his or her portfolio to a professional industry panel, who evaluate each student's portfolio and presentation based on overall organization, knowledge of their field of study, communication skills and professionalism, enthusiasm and energy, readiness for a professional interview, and greatest strengths and weaknesses. In order to be eligible to present at the PPC, students must make a qualifying score of 80% or higher during the Pre-PPC faculty and administration review of their portfolios. The institution has established that, as a goal, 50% of graduating associate-level students and 70% of graduating baccalaureate-level students will meet the qualifying score of 80% and be permitted to attend the PPC.
For the 2016–2017 academic year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), actual percentages of associate-level graduates who met the qualifying criteria to be considered for PPC advancement were as follows: 58.3% for the September 2016 graduates; 40.0% for the January 2017 graduates; and 47.8% for the May 2017 graduates.
For the 2016–2017 academic year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), actual percentages of bachelor-level graduates who met the qualifying criteria to be considered for PPC advancement were as follows: 60.0% for the September 2016 graduates; 100% for the January 2017 graduates; and 58.8% for the May 2017 graduates.
Wade College believes that a strong graduation rate is an excellent indicator of overall institutional effectiveness. The institution holds itself accountable for providing the resources and support services for students to be able to successfully complete the program. The institution has established, as goals, a 60% and 70% graduation rate for each incoming class, at both the associate and baccalaureate degree levels, respectively.
These graduation rates reflect that of all matriculating students regardless if they are either first-time, full-time undergraduate students or not; additionally, the institution tracks the data by trimester cohort, not by a yearly cohort. The graduation rates of each graduating class for the 2013–2014 academic year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014) reflect those students who have completed their degree program within 150 percent of normal time for completion.
Actual percentages of associate-level graduates who graduated within 150 percent of normal time for completion were as follows: 62% for the October 2013 cohort; 58% for the February 2014 cohort; and 59% for the June 2014 cohort. Actual percentages of baccalaureate-level graduates who graduated within 150 percent of normal time for completion were as follows: 80% for the October 2013 cohort; 100% for the February 2014 cohort; and 92% for the June 2014 cohort.
Under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act institutions of higher education are required to disclose information to prospective and current students about institutional graduation rates. Graduation rates are the Student Right to Know [SRK] rates and are defined as the total number of individuals from a given cohort of first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates who complete a degree within 150 percent of normal time for completion of their degree/certificate, divided by the entire cohort of first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates minus any allowable exclusion.
The Wade College graduation rate for the 2010 cohort year of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates who completed their associate degree within with 6 trimesters of study was 55 percent. The average graduation rate of the four years covering 2007 – 2010 is 51 percent. (Please Note: The first matriculating class of baccalaureate degree-seeking undergraduates was in the fall 2011 trimester.)
Program Integrity Rates
Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires institutions to publish the on-time completion rates of all students who start a program in order to demonstrate the portion of students who complete the program taking no longer than its published length. For the academic year beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015, the on-time completion rates follow:
|AA Program||BA Program|
|On-Time Completion Rates||63%||76%|
The published length for completion of the Associate of Arts in Merchandising and Design is four consecutive trimesters of study. The published length for completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Merchandising and Design is an additional four consecutive trimesters of study. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester.
As of June 2017, Wade College will no longer offer the Associate of Arts in Merchandising and Design and Bachelor of Arts in Merchandising and Design; rather, programs offered are the Associate of Arts in Fashion Design and Production, Associate of Arts in Interior Design, Associate of Science in Merchandise Marketing and Management, Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and Production, Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, and Bachelor of Science in Merchandise Marketing and Management.
Through the integration of diverse disciplines in art, design, business, computers, and the liberal arts, the Associate and Bachelor of Arts degrees in fashion design and product development, interior design, information technology, and merchandise marketing and management reach beyond specialized professional skills to a broader spectrum of knowledge. The curriculum promotes a well-rounded perspective of the world in general and the fields of merchandising, design, and technology in particular; additionally, coursework in the areas of fashion design and product development, interior design, information technology, and merchandise marketing and management helps students develop the broad professional skills required to advance in the merchandising, design, and technology industries.
The mission of the Office of Career Services is to support and empower students and alumni on their career paths by teaching lifelong employability and career management skills, and providing resources, guidance, and learning opportunities to help them successfully gain employment and manage their careers. Career Services offers students and alumni one-on-one career advising, resources for employability development, access to a dynamic online job board Wade Career Connection, on-campus workshops and recruiting events, opportunities to connect with industry professionals and prospective employers, and other resources and services for the purposes of:
- Helping students and alumni navigate the career search process for gainful employment;
- Promoting understanding about the necessary competencies and skills required to qualify for immediate employment and career advancement; and
- Encouraging students and alumni to be engaged in continual self-improvement and professional development to maintain long-standing careers in the merchandising, design, and/or information technology fields.
The Office of Career Services collects data on graduates to identify graduate outcomes through survey information collection at the time of a student’s graduation, periodic follow-ups via email or telephone, graduate visitations, and telephone calls and emails to the college. These statistics provide a long-term measure of institutional effectiveness. Feedback from graduate outcomes is used as institutional research on the adequacy of curriculum competencies, learning outcomes, and program reviews. The institution has established, as a goal, a 90% rate of graduate employment or continued education within one year of graduation.
Overall, 92.5% of both associate and baccalaureate degree graduates of the 2016-2017 academic year were either employed or continued their education.
Among the overall graduates who were employed, 96.1% were in a job related to their field.
Among the associate degree graduates of the 2016-2017 academic year, 92.0% were either employed or continued their education.
Of those associate degree graduates who were employed, 95.7% were in a job related to their field.
Among the baccalaureate degree graduates of the 2016-2017 academic year, 93.3% were either employed or continued their education.
Of those baccalaureate degree graduates who were employed, 96.1% were in a job related to their field.
The success of a college can easily be measured by the success of its alumni. Wade College's top employers include Neiman Marcus, Fossil Group, Nordstrom, BIOWORLD Merchandising, JC Penney, Louis Vuitton, Andra Group, and more.
The U.S. Department of Education requires Wade College to report the retention rates of its degree-seeking, first-time, full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the institution at any time between August 1 and October 31 of each calendar year. Of such students who entered the college in fall 2015, 66% were still enrolled in fall 2016.
Cohort default rates help to measure the percentage of students within a specific cohort who enter into repayment on federal student loans within a specific timeframe. The U.S. Department of Education releases official data once per academic year, with the new rates scheduled to be released in September of this year. Please contact the Office of the Director of Financial Services with questions regarding these rates.
For more information regarding the U. S. Department of Education official cohort default rates for schools, please visit its webpage (www2.ed.gov/offices/OSFAP/defaultmanagement/cdr.html). Wade College’s OPE-ID number is 010130.