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Student Achievement

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The SACSCOC Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure requires that member institutions publish “statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals.” Tuskegee University uses several measures to evaluate student achievement and success aligned with the University’s mission and key strategic priorities.


  • Retention rates
  • Graduation Rates
  • Licensure Pass Rates
  • Placement Rates

University Mission Summary

Tuskegee University accomplishes its central purpose of developing leadership, knowledge and service through its undergraduate, graduate, professional, research and outreach programs. Through these programs, students are encouraged not only to pursue careers but to be of service to society and to remain active lifetime learners. The University seeks to instill a robust thirst for knowledge and a vibrant quest for wholesale patterns of personal and social ethics that have philosophical and spiritual depth. In the process, it seeks to help each student develop an appreciation for the finer traits of human personality, the beauty of the earth and the universe, and a personal commitment to the improvement of the human condition.

Key Strategic Priorities

  1. Creating a Student Centered Culture, Student Success, Student Engagement and Parent-Student Satisfaction
  2. Fully Inaugurating 21st Century Higher Education at Tuskegee University: (Through) Innovative Online and Expanded Academic Programming and Instruction, Infrastructure and Technology
  3. Administering Efficient Resource Management: Data-Informed decision-making and Effective Human Resource Management
  4. Obtaining a Marked and Increased (FTE) Enrollment: Recruitment, Retention and Persistence
  5. Fostering a Culture of Advancement and Development: Diverse Portfolio of Fundraising



  • We focus on education as a continuing process and lifelong endeavor for all people.
  • We provide a high quality core experience in the liberal arts.
  • We develop superior technical, scientific, and professional education with a career orientation.
  • We stress the relationship between education and employment, between what students learn and the changing needs of a global workforce.


  • We preserve, refine, and develop further the bodies of knowledge already discovered.
  • We discover new knowledge for the continued growth of individuals and society and for the enrichment of the University's instructional and service programs.
  • We develop applications of knowledge to help resolve problems of modern society.


  • We serve the global society as well as the regional and campus community and beyond through the development of outreach programs that are compatible with the University's educational mission, that improve understanding of community problems, and that help develop relevant alternative solutions.
  • We engage in outreach activities to assist in the development of communities as learning societies.

Retention and Graduation Rates

Tuskegee University uses retention and graduation rates to evaluate student success. This information is reported annually in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The following table provides data for 1st and 2nd year retention rats for first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students (see Tables below).

Retention rate chart
Table 1: 1st and 2nd Year Retention Rates: First-Time-In-College (FTIC) Retention Rates –
Retained In the Second Fall Term at Same University (Past 10 years)
Graduation rate chart
Table 2: Full-time, Full-Time-In-College (FTIC) Six-Year Graduation Rates

Licensure Pass Rates

Tuskegee University uses licensure pass rates to evaluate student success. The table below reports the pass-rates of examinees for the respective licensure examination for programs.

Veterinary Medicine: National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NAVLE) pass rates 
2012  2013  2014 
First-time Pass Rates  91%  87%  85% 
Education: PRAXIS for State of Alabama pass rates 
2012  2013  2014 
Overall Pass Rates 100%  100%  100% 
Nursing: National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rates 
2012  2013  2014 
Overall Pass Rates 100%  78.9%  88.9% 
Occupational Therapy: National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) pass rates 
2012  2013  2014 
Overall Pass Rates  33%  71%  80% (unofficial) 

Table 3: Professional Licensure/Certification Exams

First Destination - Placement Data

The following table depicts the percentage of recent baccalaureate graduates who are either employed full-time, enrolled in graduate/professional school or the military within one year after graduation. (Note: This information is based on a Career Development Placement Survey administered to graduates twice a year).

2010-2011  407  388  95% 
2011-2012  406  356  88% 
2012-2013  360  311  86% 
2013-2014  410  325  79% 

Table 4: First Destination – Placement Data: Number of Baccalaureate Degrees Awarded and Percent of Bachelor’s Graduates Employed Full-Time, Enrolled in Graduate/Professional School or the Military within One Year Of Graduation.