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Regional Accreditation

Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Austin Peay State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Regional accreditation provides support of essential University functions, including:

APSU Resources for SACSCOC Accreditation and Reaffirmation

Program Accreditation

Austin Peay has numerous programs accredited through specialized program accreditation agencies. These accreditations are earned after rigorous evaluation and proof of excellence within of the field of study and degree level. These program accrediting agencies are on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s list of approved accreditors.

Click here for a table with information on accredited programs.

 

Off-Campus Instructional Site Information

The below information describes locations where APSU offers 25% or more of one or more degree or certificate programs. While many of these off-campus instructional sites are Dual Enrollment sites where high school students participate in completing general education requirements, other sites are available to all students.

By allowing our students to complete coursework at these locations, it opens yet another avenue for APSU to reach out to the community and students in a format which may allow students easier access to needed courses.

Click here to view the 50% or greater off-campus instructional sites with program offerings and services available

 

Click here to view the off-campus instructional sites which offer between 25 and 49 percent of a program


Student Achievement Criteria, Thresholds, and Outcomes

Austin Peay State University’s (APSU) vision is to “create a collaborative, integrative learning community, instilling in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills, and values for life and work in a global society.”

In its Student Achievement Core Requirement 8.1 (CR 8.1), the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires institutions identify and publish Student Achievement criteria, goals, thresholds of acceptability and outcomes. 

Student Achievement Criteria identified by APSU are retention rate, graduation rate, and first-attempt licensure passing rate. These criteria are measured by IPEDS Cohort Retention, 8-Year Undergraduate Graduation Rate, 6-Year Undergraduate Graduation Rate, 3-year and 4-year Graduate Student Graduation Rate, and Licensure Passing Rates for Praxis and NCLEX. Thresholds and aspirational goals for these measures are below.  Information regarding institutional performance on these measures follows in the drop down menu. 

CSRDE (Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange)

  • Nationwide Participation
  • Public Institutions
  • Moderately Selective
    • Highly Selective > 24 ACT
    • Selective 22.5 - 24 ACT
    • Moderately Selective 21 - 22.4 ACT
    • Less than Selective < 21 ACT
  • 75 institutions in the Moderately Selective sub-group

Tennessee Peers

  • East Tennessee State University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • Tennessee State University
  • UT - Chattanooga
  • UT - Martin
  • University of Memphis

With Tennessee Averages and CSRDE Rates

APSU Retention Rate Combined

2014 Cohort 2014 Cohort 2015 Cohort 2015 Cohort 2016 Cohort 2016 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2018 Cohort 2018 Cohort 2019 Cohort 2019 Cohort
 

Type

 

N

 

%Ret

 

N

 

%Ret

 

N

 

%Ret

  N   %Ret   N %Ret   N %Ret
 

All Freshmen in Cohort

 

1,184

 

 71.03%

 

1,280

 

65.86%

 

1,649

 

67.31%

  1,755   65.75%   1,819 63.39%   1,516 67.88%
 

CSRDE (Moderately selective*) - All

 

98,604

 

 78.3%

 

99,146

 

78.1%

 

100,501

 

78.0%

  103,051   77.6%    N/A**  N/A**   N/A** N/A**
 

Tennessee Peer Average Excluding APSU

 

13,686

 

72.29%

 

12,640

 

72.86%

 

13,235

 

73.29%

  14,024   73.00%     N/A**   N/A**   N/A** N/A**

(FT/FT Cohort, First to Second Year Retention of All Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students)
*Moderately Selective is average ACT Score of 21 at public, four-year institutions participating in CSRDE
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2018 and 2019 updates have not been provided by IPEDS or CSRDE.



View .pdf for full equations and methodology.



2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
      APSU actual       66%   67%   66%   63%   68%
  Threshold   61%   61%   61%   61%   61%
  Aspirational   71%   71%   71%   71%   71%

*Note: Aspirational = (3-year APSU Retention Average + 3 Year TN Peer Retention Average) / 2 Threshold of Acceptability = Aspirational - 10 Points

See line graph in .pdf.

IPEDS Outcome Measure based on the IPEDS "new" Outcome Measure that includes all First-time Degree-Seeking Students (Including Associate Degree)

School 2016 2017 2018 2019
  APSU   42%   36%   40%   41%
  ETSU   51%   50%   49%   50%
  MTSU   52%   48%   46%   49%
  TSU   48%   36%   39%   44%
  TTU   57%   58%   56%   56%
  UM   49%   48%   48%   49%
  UTC   44%   47%   50%   51%
  UTM   51%   49%   51%   48%
  TN Peers Average   50%   48%   48%   50%

Year indicates 8 year graduation window after entering. Eg. 2018 is Cohort from 2010. IPEDS previously provided only 1 year of the date for the new OM. Now IPEDS includes 3 years of data for the new OM, however it is not disaggregated by student groups.

 

2016 2017 2018 2019
  APSU Actual   42%   36%   40%   41%
  Threshold   34%   34%   34%   34%
  Aspirational    44%   44%   44%   44%

*Note: Aspirational = (3-year APSU OM Average + 3-year TN Peer OM Average) / 2 Threshold of Acceptability = Aspirational - 10 Points

 

See line graph in .pdf. 

Six-Year Graduation Rate - Combined
With Tennessee Averages and CSRDE* Rates

2009 Cohort 2009 Cohort 2010 Cohort 2010 Cohort 2011 Cohort 2011 Cohort 2012 Cohort 2012 Cohort 2013 Cohort 2013 Cohort 2014 Cohort 2014 Cohort
 

Type

 

N

 

%Grad

 

N

 

%Grad

 

N

 

%Grad

  N   %Grad   N   %Grad   N %Grad
 

All Freshmen in Cohort

 

1,465

 

 37.61%

 

1,478

 

39.38%

 

1,274

 

39.48%

  1,182   41.96%   1,237   40.10%   1,184 48.31%
 

CSRDE (Moderately Selective) - All

 

91,280

 

52.90%

 

91,696

 

52.90%

 

95,042

 

54.10%

   95,466   55.50%    N/A**   N/A**   N/A** N/A**
 

Tennessee Peer Averaging Excluding APSU

 

N/A

 

44.89%

 

N/A

 

43.53%

 

N/A

 

43.09%

   N/A   45.43%   N/A   45.27%   N/A N/A

The Six Year Graduation Rate Outcome is APSU's selected completion indicator submitted to SACSCOC in 2018.

(FT/FT Cohort Includes All Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students)
*Moderately Selective is average ACT Score of 21 at public, four-year institutions participating in CSRDE
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2018 and 2019 updates have not been provided by CSRDE.

View .pdf for full equations and methodology.

Six Year Graduation Rate is based on IPEDS traditional FT/FT computation

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
    APSU Actual   37.61%       39.38%       39.48%       41.96%   41.62%
      Threshold       32.14%   32.14%   32.14%   32.14%   30.22%
  Aspirational   42.14%   42.14%   42.14%   42.14%   40.22%

*Note: Aspirational = (3-Year APSU Average + 3-Year TN Peer Average) / 2 Threshold = Aspiration - 10 points

 


See line graph in .pdf. 

Graduate Student Graduation Rate

Year New Fall Graduate Students Graduate Within 3 Years 3-Year Grad Rate Graduate Within 4 Years 4-Year Grad Rate Graduated Within 6 Years 6-Year Grad Rate
 

2009

  318   155   48.74%   180   56.60%   190   59.75%
 

2010

  257   149   57.98%   163   63.42%   173   67.32%
 

2011

 

254

 

157

 

61.81%

 

172

 

67.72%

  185   72.83%
 

2012

 

267

 

143

 

53.56%

 

161

 

60.30%

  182   68.16%
 

2013

 

248

 

142

 

57.26%

 

160

 

64.52%

  170   68.55%
 

2014

 

260

 

164

 

63.08%

 

181

 

69.62%

  N/A   N/A
 

2015

 

294

 

178

 

60.54%

 

183

 

62.24%

  N/A   N/A
 

2016

 

256

 

165

 

64.45%

 

178

 

69.53%

  N/A   N/A
 

2017

 

306

 

204

 

66.67%

 

N/A

 

N/A

  N/A   N/A

     

Average

     

               

59.34%

     

       

63.49%

     

    67.32%

Includes all graduate degree programs and excludes certificate programs.

3-year Graduation Rate*

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  APSU Actual   65.07%   72.88%   72.27%   69.05%   77.48%   78.99%       71.43%       59.62%   77.62%
      Threshold   58.21%   58.21%   58.21%   58.21%   58.21%       58.21%   58.21%   58.21%   58.21%
  Aspirational   83.49%   83.49%   83.49%   83.49%   83.49%   83.49%   83.49%   83.49%   83.49%

*Note: Aspirational = Avg. + (STD*2); Threshold = Avg. - (STD*2)

 

4-year Graduation Rate*

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  APSU Actual   60.90%   66.13%   65.00%       62.24%   69.53%
      Threshold   58.74%   58.74%       58.74%   58.74%   58.74%
  Aspirational   68.40%   68.40%   68.40%   68.40%   68.40%

*Note: Aspirational = Avg. + (STD*2); Threshold = Avg. - (STD*2)

 

6-year Graduation Rate*

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
APSU Actual    59.75%   67.32%   72.83%   68.16%   68.55%   75.22%
Threshold   57.84%   57.84%   57.84%   57.84%   57.84%   57.84%
Aspirational   76.80%   76.80%   76.80%   76.80%   76.80%   76.80%

*Note: Aspirational = Avg. + (STD*2); Threshold = Avg. - (STD*2)

 

See line graph in .pdf. 

The data below are licensure pass rates on first attempt of the licensure exam for PRAXIS (Special Education and Interdisciplinary Studies) and NCLEX.

 

Tennessee Peers - Licensure Passing Rate 

2014 2014 2015 2015 2016 2016 2017 2017 2018 2018
 

Institution

 

Education

 

Nursing

 

Education

 

Nursing

 

Education

 

Nursing

  Education   Nursing   Education*   Nursing
 

Austin Peay State University

  100.00%   100.00%   100.00%   96.60%   98.70%   92.20%       97.30%   95.30%   99.00%   100.00%
 

East Tennessee State University

  100.00%   85.70%   100.00%   87.60%   100.00%   87.96%       100.00%   94.60%   N/A   N/A
 

Middle Tennessee State University (PW)

  92.20%   91.10%   100.00%   79.50%   99.50%   86.80%       98.90%   97.90%   N/A   N/A
 

Tennessee State University

  100.00%   75.00%   100.00%   63.60%   72.20%   72.20%       100.00%   48.90%   N/A   N/A
 

The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

  97.60%   95.90%   99.00%   90.80%   93.40%   88.20%       93.10%   97.40%   N/A   N/A
 

The University of Tennessee - Martin

  95.20%   100.00%   94.60%   90.80%   100.00%   99.10%       99.10%   100.00%   N/A   N/A
 

The University of Memphis

  93.40%   88.90%   98.80%   89.70%   97.10%   85.00%       91.70%   90.70%   N/A   N/A

*Note: The Praxis test for Education has been replaced by edTPA


APSU Licensure Passing Rates

PRAXIS Special Ed Pass Rates and PRAXIS Int. Stud. (Interdisciplinary Studies, now called Education) (First Attempt):

  • Aspirational Goal and Threshold of Acceptability = 100%. COE leadership recommended 100% for both exams for both aspirational goal and threshold of acceptability since COE students must pass all required PRAXIS exams to complete the program and obtain a teaching license.

NCLEX Pass Rates (First Attempt):

  • Aspirational Goal = 96.27% (based on a three year average of APSU NCLEX pass rates)
  • Threshold of Acceptability = 80% (The team recommends 80% because this is the minimum passing rate set by CCNE accreditation standards

Click here for a pdf with more information about the APSU Student Achievement criteria and outcomes.