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Educational Opportunity
Fiscal Year 2010 Performance Report - December 18, 2009 Update

We invite you to take advantage of our interactive dashboard presentation. The table below provides an overview of the performance indicators associated with the category of Educational Opportunity, including an indication of whether for each indicator we are progressing in the desired direction. We have also included a pie chart to provide a visual demonstration of our progress in achieving our desired progress.

pie chart Educational Opportunity Progress

Interactive Dashboard

By clicking on the links within the table, you can visit a more detailed view of our performance within each indicator in either tabular format where you can choose on which attribute you wish to sort, or as a graphical representation of the data which may make trends or comparisons more readily apparent.

You can also choose to immediately see the entire discussion of our progress in meeting our Educational Opportunity indicators by selecting a full sortable table style view or a full graphical style view. In addition, from within either the table or graphical view, there are links provided to easily switch back and forth between the two viewing formats.

Educational Opportunity - Overview

Western Illinois University values educational opportunity and welcomes those who show promise and a willingness to work toward achieving shared educational goals. In educational opportunity, the University experienced improvements in 14 of 16 performance indicators. Two performance indicators moved in the opposite direction. 

Educational Opportunities Performance Indicators
(click on column title to sort)

Performance Indicator Progressing in
Desired Direction
Showing
No Change
Moving in the
Opposite Direction
First-year retention rate of all students (chart / table)
X
First-year retention rate of minority students (chart / table )
X
First-year retention rate of Pell Grant recipients (chart / table )
X
6-year graduation rate for all students in Macomb (chart / table )
X
6-year graduation rate for minority students in Macomb
(chart / table )
X
6-year graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients in Macomb
(chart / table )
X
4-year graduation rate for all students in the Quad Cities
(chart / table )
X
4-year graduation rate for minority students in the Quad Cities
(chart / table )
X
4-year graduation rate for Pell Grant recipients in the Quad Cities
(chart / table )
X
Number of class sections in Macomb ( table )
X
Number of class sections in the Quad Cities ( table )
X
Percent of classes with under 30 students in Macomb (chart / table )
X
Percent of classes with under 30 students in the Quad Cities
(chart / table )
X
Student-to-faculty ratio in Macomb (chart / table )
X
Student-to-faculty ratio in the Quad Cities
(chart / table )
X
Percent of alumni donating to the university (chart / table )
X

 

Educational Opportunity - Summary

In Macomb, first year (fall-to-fall) retention rates of all students, minority students, and Pell grant recipients all increased. Furthermore, the six-year graduation rate for Pell grant recipients increased and the graduation rate of all students is at a historic peak for the institution. However, six-year graduation rates for minority students did decline.

In the Quad Cities, graduation rates of minority students improved. However, graduation rates for all students and Pell Grant recipients are down from the previous year’s comparison and have returned to a level consistent with previous cohorts.

Benchmark comparisons show that Western is ranked 12th (of 16) with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on the first-year retention rate, the Macomb Campus’ graduation rate ranks ninth, and the Quad Cities Campus’ graduation rate ranks third (of seven).

In 2008, Western freshmen and seniors reported higher levels of engagement in student-faculty interactions than students at peer institutions. This includes discussing grades or assignments with an instructor, talking about career plans with a faculty member or advisor, and working with faculty members on activities other than coursework (committees, orientation, student life activities, etc.)

Western freshmen and seniors also reported higher levels of engagement in a supportive campus environment than students at peer institutions. Western students rate the quality of relationships with students, faculty, and offices and the institutional environment promoting student academic and social success at levels higher than students at peer institutions.

Individual attention and educational opportunities characterize Western’s educational environment. Both Macomb and the Quad Cities experienced increases in the number of course sections and the percent of classes with enrollments under 30.

While Western is providing more sections and small class sizes, the University maintained its commitment to historically low student-to-faculty ratios on both campuses. Among benchmark institutions, the Macomb Campus ranks second (of 16) and the Quad Cities Campus ranks third (of 10) for the lowest student-to-faculty ratios.

The University also reports on the percent of alumni donating to the University as a proxy for student satisfaction with the educational experience. Western ranks sixth (of 20) in the percent of alumni donating to the University.

Details of Educational Opportunity Progress