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, American College of Education compares its figures to the most recent alternative source for these benchmarking statistics:  the Council of 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 regarding master’s degree attrition and completion rates.  One-year retention figures at the master’s level are quite comparable at 85 percent for ACE and 83 percent for STEM programs, with MBA programs at 90 percent.  (The 2017 one-year retention rate for ACE’s doctoral program is 80 percent.)  

ACE’s annual and three-year rolling average master’s graduation rates, both 77 percent, compare 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, 78 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.

Student Satisfaction, Enrollment, Graduation Rate, and Other Important Statistics

ACE student satisfaction measures
ACE student GPA statistics ACE certificates/degrees conferred
ACE enrollment by program ACE student demographics
ACE student licensure exam rates ACE student graduation rates ACE graduating employment rates
*Retention rate is defined as the percentage of all degree-seekers enrolled at some point during a calendar year (less graduates) who remain actively enrolled as of January 2nd of the following year.

One of the ways American College of Education (ACE) is able to offer affordable online degree programs to its students stems from a founding policy of not participating in Title IV federal financial aid programs..

Completer Impact – case study research is currently being conducted to evaluate the impact of completers on PreK-12 student learning and development. More information will be available in future updates.

Information provided by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness: 2018