Friday, July 13, 2012

Harrisburg University fails to address poor student outcomes

You've heard me talk ad nauseum about enrollment. I've talked some about outcomes, but it's hard to understand what I mean without clear evidence.  The chart below should give you some idea about why I've been crying foul over HU's poor performance as an academic institution.                                                                                                                        
Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics
The figures tell us that HU only awarded 20 Bachelors degrees in all of 2010-11. That is a very small senior class --that's not even 10% of the undergraduate student body.

Most of the graduate degrees were awarded in Project Management, which isn't even a STEM discipline.

You can also see from the chart that there are a few programs that are very, very dead. eBusiness only had ONE graduate and Geospatial Technology (AKA GIS) once again had NONE. Learning Technologies managed to have a couple of graduates. These three programs cost the University somewhere in the neighborhood of $300K a year, just in director salaries, yet they managed to produce only THREE graduates. This is a testament to HU's lack of assessment and inability to act to improve student outcomes.
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