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Student Outcomes

Program Completions

Each year, Grantham University awards an average of more than 2,000 degrees and certificates to students all over the world. In 2020, the following awards were granted:
Degree completions by level for 2020
Retention and Graduation Rates

Grantham University prepares data for retention and graduation rates annually for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) through IPEDS. These information is published by the ED on the College Navigator and College Scorecard websites, and available to students and family members here: Student Right to Know.

It is important to recognize that the IPEDS graduation rate calculations are based solely on traditional college students, first-time, full-time undergraduate students – leaving out non-traditional students with prior college attendance, those who are taking classes part-time, and those enrolled in graduate level programs. Because of this, less than 1 in 10 of Grantham University’s students are counted in the IPEDS graduation rates, and therefore not representative of our students.

Grantham University also prepares annual graduation rates, for our university accreditor, DEAC. Graduation rates prepared for DEAC follow specific guidelines, and include all students enrolled in a program, and represent the percentage of students completing within one and a half times the program length – meaning 3 years for an associate or master program and 6 years for a bachelor program. The last reported DEAC graduation rates by credential can be found here:

Degrees awarded in 2020 by degree level and student type

A Better Measure

Grantham University’s mission rooted in an extraordinary purpose—serving those who serve and those who want to make a difference. By establishing a level playing field within education, our doors are open to everyone, including those who are typically the most underserved: first-generation college students, active-duty military members, military veterans, those who ensure our public safety, budding entrepreneurs, those who need a second chance, and all those who never had a first chance. Grantham’s open enrollment policy ensures that those seeking to try out or fully pursue higher education do not have to wait, but can begin and pursue their degree at a time that works best for their schedule and lifestyle. While these open policies are critical to achieving the mission, they can present unique challenges when analyzing statistical data such as graduation and retention rates. A better representation of success at Grantham is the graduation rates of students who make the decision to persist after the first semester. The Graduation rates below represent all students who move past the first semester and successfully complete a degree.Student persistence from semester to semester

University Retention Rate

Keeping in line with best practice, Grantham University prepares a fall to fall retention rate for DEAC, published in the DEAC Student Achievement Disclosure.
Because Grantham University’s flexible enrollment allows students to enroll continuously throughout the year, we also calculate annual retention rates based on a full 12-month cycle. The annual retention rate for students enrolling in 2019 is 38% for undergraduate students, and 62% for graduate level students. These data represent all students newly enrolled 2019 who remained enrolled in 2020 or completed the program.
Graduate Employment Rates

While Grantham University does not calculate employment rates, we do maintain contact with our alumni post-graduation. In the first and third year after graduation, students are prompted with a survey, providing ample time for employment and promotion, and the assessment of the value of a Grantham University education. Students are asked to share perceptions of the impact their studies had on their employment including factors of employment/military promotion, new job opportunities, and higher wages, in addition to improved core professional competencies to support career success. These statistics are used in strategic planning and institutional effectiveness activities, and are published in the DEAC Student Outcomes Disclosure. For more information regarding the types of employment obtained by graduates, please email institutionalresearch@grantham.edu.
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Career Services for Graduates

The mission of Grantham University Career Services is to enhance the career management knowledge and skills of students and alumni to leverage their education and realize their professional aspirations, fostering a strong life-long relationship with the University. Students who take advantage of Grantham University Career Services rate the services very high, with a satisfaction score of 94% in 2020. For more information on post-graduation employment opportunities, see Career Services.Students love our student advisors and career services.

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