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 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.

2017 Master's Retention Rate 2017 Enrollement 2017 Certificates 2017 Demographics 2017 Graduating GPA 2017 Satisfaction
Note that all survey item response options include a “neutral” response.
State Licensure
2017 Grad Rate
2017 Eemployment
*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. Read more here.

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

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