Student Right to Know

American College of Education facts and figures

The institutional statistics most commonly used to evaluate a college or university’s overall performance are graduation rate, retention rate, and time-to-completion. As there is currently no federal database allowing for the calculation of a cohort-based retention or graduation rate for graduate education, ACE compares its figures to the most recent alternative source for these benchmarking statistics: the Council on Graduate Schools Master’s Completion Project (2013).

The Council’s study, although restricted to MBA and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs, provides the best comparative data to date 2015 retention rateregarding master’s degree attrition and completion rates. One-year retention figures* at the master’s level are quite comparable at 84 percent for ACE and 83 percent for STEM programs, with MBA programs at 90 percent. (The 2015 retention rate for ACE’s doctoral program is 81 percent.) 

ACE’s cumulative graduation rate of 75 percent compares very favorably with the STEM rate of 66 percent while falling slightly short of the Council’s reported rate of 86 percent for MBA programs. Of ACE’s graduates, 76 percent complete their master’s degree in 18 months or less, which is a very positive statistic given our adult students’ typical full-time employment and family responsibilities.

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For current student information, please refer to the tables below.


2014-2015 degrees conferred

2015 demographics by gender

Fall 2015 student demographics

Graduating GPA Statistics 2014-2015 at American College of Education

2015 Satisfaction Measures

2015 Student Assessments

ACE Graduation Rate by Program and Overall (Years 2005-2013)