SCHEV Releases Report on Institutional Effectiveness

Posted: July 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s second annual Reports of Institutional Effectiveness has been released, providing an updated snapshot of how colleges and universities throughout the commonwealth compare with each other and with their peer institutions in categories ranging from first-year retention rates to spending on instruction and academic support.

Generally, George Mason is on par with its sister institutions in Virginia and with its 24 peer institutions throughout the United States that include the University of Tennessee, the University of Utah, the University of South Florida, Syracuse University, and Temple University.

Regarding George Mason, highlights of the report include:

  • George Mason’s first-year retention rate is 79 percent–slightly higher than the average of its peer institutions (78 percent) and below the state average (82 percent).
  • The first-year, full-time graduate rate after six years at George Mason is 48 percent–less than the state average (55 percent) and that of its peer institutions (51 percent).

  • The percentage of spending on instruction and academic support at George Mason is 68 percent–higher than the state average (63 percent) and that of its peer institutions (57 percent).

A complete review of the report is available at SCHEV’s web site.

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