The Student Right-to-Know Act, passed by Congress in 1990, requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding, under the Higher Education Act of 1965, to calculate completion or graduation rates of certificate- or degree-seeking, full-time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to current and prospective students.

The institutional statistics that are used as the “industry standard” by post-secondary higher education institutions to provide institutional or program outcomes under the Act can be found in the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

The components commonly utilized to evaluate a college's or university’s overall performance are completion/graduation rate, retention rate, and time-to-completion, and are based on the percentage results of first-time, full-time bachelor’s-degree-seeking students during the most recent available academic year. However, ACE serves mostly a working adult population and thus does not have first-time, full-time students. As such, ACE calculates completion and retention rates per program and per degree level. In addition, ACE calculates accreditor reporting criteria or standards and state level institutional reporting as applicable to provide information and comparison.

Although ACE is approved to participate in Title IV funding, the College has chosen not to participate to keep educational costs low.

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Satisfaction Metrics

American College of Education takes great pride in having satisfied students and employers. We believe it is our duty to make the academic experience at ACE a meaningful and satisfying one. The following charts show how our students and employers of ACE graduates rate their satisfaction.

Student Surveys

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Employer Surveys

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Student Assessment Measures: Education

ACE offers multiple programs that are approved in specific states as leading to initial teacher or administrative certification, licensure, or endorsement.

Receipt of initial teacher or administrative certification, licensure, or endorsement may also require the passage of specific tests, determined by that jurisdictional authority to receive licensure or endorsement. The following represents a comparison of ACE pass rates and the average state pass rate as provided by the identified state where ACE is listed as a State Department of Education approved and recognized Education Program Preparation Provider. American College of Education’s goal, as stated in the Strategic Plan, is to “beat” the state averages in each state where a program leads to licensure.

Data reflect the specified licensure exam results available from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 unless otherwise stated.

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Student Assessment Measures: Healthcare

National Credentialing for Health Education (CHES Exam)

The CHES® designation signifies that an individual who has met required academic eligibility with courses in health education and has met experience requirements in the health education field, has successfully passed a comprehensive written examination and maintains an ongoing commitment to advanced-level continuing education and professional development. Students from the program in M.Ed. in Health and Wellness Education program are eligible to take this exam; however, not required. In other words, it’s the student’s choice.

(1) National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. website, 0ctober 9,2020. https://www.nchec.org/ches

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Enrollment, Completion, and Retention Metrics

American College of Education is a college committed to helping as many students as possible achieve their career goals by providing high-quality education at an affordable cost. American College of Education is committed to not only starting students in a program, but to retaining those students and getting them to their ultimate goal of earning the credential they desire. The statistics below provide information regarding ACE’s enrollment, completion, and retention metrics.

Fall Enrollment by Degree Type

August 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020

This section shows total enrollment of certificate and degree-seeking students by degree level. Students who are not enrolled in a program leading to a certificate or degree are not included in this data.

2020 Fall Enrollment by Program

Fall Enrollment by Program

August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

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Certificates and Degrees Conferred by Degree Type

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

This section shows the number of conferred credentials by degree level.

Certificates and Degrees Conferred By Program

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

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Fall Demographics by Degree Type

August 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020

All student demographic data is self-reported. This data includes certificate and degree-seeking students by degree level. Students who are not enrolled in a program leading to a certificate or degree are not included in this data.

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Fall Demographics By Program

August 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

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Annual Retention Rate by Degree Level

January 2020 Census Date – January 2021 Census Date

ACE calculates an annual retention rate for all certificate and degree-seekers actively enrolled at some point during the previous year, beginning with the January Census, (less graduates) who remain in an active status as of the January term census date of the reporting year.

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Annual Retention Rate by Program

January 2020 Census Date – January 2021 Census Date

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Completion Rate by Degree Type

Completions by December 31, 2020

American College of Education calculates an annual cumulative completion rate, rather than a graduation rate. A graduation rate is usually used to describe first-time, full-time college freshman. As a college that mainly serves working adults, we calculate a completion rate. ACE defines a completion rate as the number of students graduating in each program and degree level, using expected time to completion for their program. Students enrolled after the cutoff for expected time-to-completion (ex. After 2017 for a Master’s level program) are not included in the calculation.

Data reflect students who completed a program of study by December 31, 2020.

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Completion Rate by Program

Completions by December 31, 2020

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Click here for the IDOE EPP Comparative Data Matrix.

Click here for annual reporting measures required by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Information provided by the Office of Institutional Analytics: 2020