2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
Dillard University has instituted policies, procedures, and continuous monitoring to ensure compliance with Federal Requirement 4.1, Student Achievement. The only program at Dillard that requires a licensure examination is the nursing program. The School of Nursing is a nationally accredited program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), and has conditional approval with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN). Graduates from the nursing program are required to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN). The passage rate for first-‐time test takers is used to determine a program’s pass rate. The minimum pass rate is established by individual State Boards of Nursing. In Louisiana, the minimum acceptance passage rate is 80%, which serves as our benchmark of nursing students’ success. Nursing programs in that state are expected to achieve this rate annually.
The School of Nursing passage rate on the NCLEX-RN examination was 51.25% in 2014, 48.28% in 2013, and 88.89% in 2012. The School of Nursing monitors the success rates of it students on licensure examinations. Several changes have been implemented to increase the passage rate to the expected minimum of 80%. These changes include: an increase in the required score on the senior exit examination; installation of content tutorials and testing software; individualized student study plans; and an external review course.
The shortage of nurses is an acute health care concern in New Orleans, Louisiana and the nation. Hence, DU seeks to prepare nurses for practice in New Orleans, and the state of Louisiana, which has a shortage of baccalaureate degreed nurses. This local and statewide emphasis is consistent with Dillard University’s Strategic Pillars that seek to “engage in the revitalization of its home, New Orleans.”
Graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs are in high demand. DU nursing graduates consistently complete several interviews resulting in two or more employment offers prior to graduation. The majority of DU nurses remain in the state or region as evidenced by job placement data from 2012‐2014. Data indicate that 33 of the 37 (89%) licensed nurses were employed in Louisiana hospitals and other health care settings, and 4 (11%) worked outside of the state.
Course Completion Rates
Dillard expects all students to complete the courses for which they are enrolled. Course completion rates have steadily increased since the disastrous hurricane in 2005. These data can be ascertained from the Final Grade Distribution provided by the Office of Institutional Research, and the Office of Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness. The fall 2011 course completion rate was 83.7%. In the fall of 2012, the completion rate was 88.4%. The fall course completion rate was 92.1%, and 94.5% in fall of 2013 and fall 2014, respectively.
Course Completion Data 2011-2014
Retention and Graduation Rates
Student retention and graduation are important concerns for the University. The Office of Institutional Research, and Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness collect and analyze statistical data on graduation and retention. These data are aggregated and updated annually in the “Graduation and Retention Report” to inform decision-makers about performance trends.
In the fall class of 2007, there were 175 freshmen students. Of this total, 61% returned for the sophomore year. In the fall class of 2008, there were 173 freshmen students, with 70% returning for the sophomore year. In the fall class of 2009, there were 326 freshmen students, with 65% returning for the sophomore year. In the fall class of 2010, there were 446 freshmen students, and 61% returned for the sophomore year.
Retention Rates at Dillard University Class of 2007-2010
*Small classes due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005
Center for Career and Professional Development
The mission of Dillard is to “produce graduates who excel, become world leaders, are broadly educated, culturally aware, and concerned with improving the human condition” (Mission Statement). Hence, the University’s goal is that every graduate will either work or enroll in graduate or professional school after graduation. The Center for Career and Professional Development (hereafter, CCPD) supports the holistic development of students by guiding them through the career and professional development process.
The CCPD prepares students for entry into graduate or professional schools, and the global marketplace. The CCPD assists students in the development of character and values, and the establishment of career and life goals.
Consistent with its mission, Dillard seeks the placement of every graduate in either employment positions, or enrollment in graduate and professional school. The University monitors the achievements and activities of its graduates, and institutes programs and activities to assist all students. Some of these programs and activities include campus job fairs, resume writing workshop, mock interviews, and facilitating students’ participation in city and regional job fairs.
The CCPD conducted an electronic survey of the Class of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The surveys yielded some useful data regarding students’ experience at Dillard, and information concerning their employment and graduate school enrollment.
For example, 36% of the respondents in the Class of 2015 indicated that they obtained permanent full-time employment immediately following graduation. Twenty-seven percent of respondents revealed that they would attend graduate or professional shcool after graduation. Hence, 63% of those reporting in the Class of 2015 were employed, or planned on enrolling in graduate or professional school. The remaining graduates were actively seeking employment, or contemplating attending graduate and professional school.
In the Class of 2013, 44% of the respondents indicated that they obtained permanent full-time employment immediately following graduation, 4% permanent part-time employment, and 11% temporary positions. Twenty-two percent of respondents revealed that they attended graduate or professional school after graduation. Hence, 81% of those reporting in the Class of 2013 were employed, or in graduate/professional school. The remaining graduates were actively seeking employment, or contemplating attending graduate and professional school.
Graduate and Professional School
Many students at Dillard are interested in attending graduate and professional school after graduation. The University continues to commit resources to assist all students interested in graduate study. Dillard monitors the graduate and professional schools its graduates attend. Dillard graduates attend graduate and professional schools that vary according to size, geographical location, and academic reputation.
Other Student Achievement
Dillard students are involved in a wide array of academic and scholastic activities. These activities, in part, include research publications, achievement awards, military commissions, participation in research projects and activities, and presentations at professional conferences and meetings.
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122