Retention Rate and Student Success

Student One Year Retention and Success AY2020

Student One Year Retention and Success AY2019

Student Success AY2018

Student Success AY2017

Annual Success Rates

Definition: Success is generally considered to be the student’s completion of their chosen academic plan.  However, due to a variety of circumstances, students may leave UAMS for a temporary period and come back later to complete their degree/certificate.  Therefore, for the purpose of calculating success rates, success is defined as a student either (a) completing the academic plan in which they are enrolled or (b) the student is still actively enrolled attempting to complete their academic plan.  Success rates are essentially the combination of both the retention and completions rates.  However, since these are annual calculations, it is possible for a student to be both retained and graduating in the same academic year.  To be prevent this, precautions are taken to ensure that students are not counted more than once.

Cohort: This is the same annual cohort as used in the annual retention and completion rates shown above.

Time Frame: This is the same annual time frames as used in the annual retention and completion rates shown above.

Comparison to IPEDS: IPEDS produces no similar success rates.

Calculation: To calculate success, the sum of the maximum of either the retained students or the graduating students become the numerator.  The maximum analysis is performed on an individual student basis, not the gross count or total, to ensure that a student cannot be counted more than once.  The number of students in the cohort continues to be the denominator.  Division produces the success rate.


Sum of Maximum of (Retained Student or Graduated Student)

Number of Cohort Students

= Success Rate (as a percent)

Updated 9-29-20