Southern University at New Orleans evaluates student success by examining several measures which relate to the achievement of students. Consistent with the university’s response to the requirements of the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diploma Act (LA GRAD Act), student achievement is evaluated with respect to:
- Retention Rates
- Completion Rates
- Graduation Rates
- Student Passage Rates on Licensure Examinations
The LA GRAD Act is a mandatory annual reporting system on the performance of each state institution with regards to Student Success, Articulation and Transfer, Workforce and Economic Development, and Institutional Efficiency and Accountability.
From a University-wide perspective, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness collates data used for evaluating student success. It collects and analyzes data and disseminates results to support informed management, planning, and policy decisions for faculty and administration. Primary data sources for reporting student success include the Statewide Student Profile System (SSPS) and the Statewide Completers Systems (SCS) which are submitted annually to the Louisiana Board of Regents, and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) submitted annually to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Overall, Southern University at New Orleans has persistently achieved the benchmarks set for success in the LA GRAD Act for the past five annual evaluations. Pertinent information on LA GRAD Act, including annual performance data for each state institution, is available at:
Furthermore, yearly retention, graduation and completers data used to develop GRAD Act reports are available at: