University Planning

FY11 Performance Dashboard - December 16, 2010
Educational Opportunity Details


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The faculty and staff of Western Illinois University are committed to student success.

Macomb Campus Performance

Special attention will continue to be paid to issues influencing student retention and graduation rates on the Macomb campus. While six-year graduation rates of minority students increased, all other retention and graduation rates decreased.

Macomb Campus Freshmen Retention

Macomb Campus Six-Year Graduation Rate

For the Macomb campus, six-year graduation rates were reported as the national reporting standard (i.e., 150% of the normal time-to-degree) for institutions that admit new freshmen.


Quad Cities Campus Performance

In the Quad Cities, graduation rates of all students have improved. The campus is committed to improving retention and graduation rates to even higher levels. The Office of Academic and Student Services, for example, is increasing advising frequency and duration with new and prospective students.

Quad Cities Four-Year Graduation Rates

For the Quad Cities campus, four-year graduation are reported. Since the Quad Cities admits undergraduates as juniors, four years is the 150% measure of the normal time-to-degree.



Benchmark Comparisons

U.S. News and World Report uses the following methodology for the information in the table below. “The graduation rate indicates the average proportion of a graduating class who earned a degree in six years or less; we consider freshman classes that started from 1999 through 2002. Freshman retention indicates the average proportion of freshmen who entered the school in the fall of 2004 through fall 2007 and returned the following fall.” Western status compared to benchmark institutions will be shared with the 2011 visiting team from the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to gain external perspectives on successful strategies to increase student retention and graduation rates.


First-Year Retention Rate and Graduation Rate

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public University Subset        
First-Year Retention 73.0% 72.2% 76.4% 83.8%
Six-Year Graduation Rate 58.1% 42.0% 57.4% 69.0%
All Illinois Public Universities        
First-Year Retention 73.0% 55.0% 74.5% 93.2%
Six-Year Graduation Rate 58.1% 16.0% 50.1% 83.0%


First-Year Freshmen
Retention Rate

James Madison 91.5%
Appalachian State 86.0%
Western Washington 84.5%
North Carolina-Wilmington 84.5%
Northern Iowa 82.5%
Montclair State 82.0%
College of Charleston 81.5%
California State-Chico 80.8%
Eastern Illinois 80.2%
Central Washington 77.2%
Wisconsin-Whitewater 76.2%
Missouri State 74.2%
Western Illinois 73.0%
Western Kentucky 72.8%
SIU-Edwardsville 72.2%
Sam Houston State 72.2%

Graduation Rate
Macomb Benchmarks

James Madison 81%
Western Washington 67%
North Carolina-Wilmington 67%
Northern Iowa 65%
Appalachian State 63%
College of Charleston 62%
Montclair State 61%
Eastern Illinois 59%
Western Illinois 57%
Central Washington 54%
Wisconsin-Whitewater 54%
Missouri State 53%
California State-Chico 53%
Western Kentucky 49%
Sam Houston State 44%
SIU-Edwardsville 42%

Graduation Rate
Quad Cities Benchmarks

Augustana 78%
Pennsylvania State-Harrisburg 64%
Western Illinois-Quad Cities 62%
Saint Ambrose 61%
Illinois-Springfield 60%
Texas A&M-International 36%
Governors State NA



To further understand trends in student retention and graduation, Western participates in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), as student involvement and satisfaction with the educational process are correlates of academic achievement. NSSE provides comparative data for second-semester freshmen and second-semester seniors at Western compared to all other participating master’s granting comprehensive universities in five areas:

  • Academic challenge or the degree to which students perceive the importance of academic effort and setting high performance standards.
  • Academic and collaborative learning or measures of how intensely students were involved in their educational process and whether they applied what they have learned to different settings.
  • Student-faculty interactions or the degree to which students interacted with faculty inside and outside the classroom.
  • Opportunities for enriching educational experiences or the degree to which students engaged in curricular and co-curricular activities beyond classroom instruction. It also measures the extent to which students report exposure to different ideals and cultures other than their own.

Values at or above 100% in the table below (the University’s goal) show that reported student satisfaction is higher at Western than peer institutions. Western freshmen and seniors reported higher levels of engagement in student-faculty interactions than students at peer institutions. This includes discussing grades or assignments with an instructor, talking about career plans with a faculty member or advisor, and working with faculty members on activities other than coursework (committees, orientation, student life activities, etc.)

Western freshmen and seniors also reported higher levels of engagement in a supportive campus environment than students at peer institutions. Western students rate the quality of relationships with students, faculty, and offices and the institutional environment promoting student academic and social success at levels higher than students at peer institutions


National Survey of Student Engagment Freshmen Benchmark Comparison

National Survey of Student Engagment Seniors Benchmark Comparison


A commitment to the individual learner and educational opportunities characterize Western’s educational environment. Both Macomb and the Quad Cities experienced increases in the percent of classes with enrollments under 30.


Number of Course Sections, Percent of Classes Less Than 30,
and Student-Faculty Ratios for Fiscal Years 2006 to 2010

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

Macomb Campus

Number of Sections 4,933 4,980 5,134 5,143 4,982
Percent of Classes Less Than 30 73.9% 76.5% 78.1% 80.9% 81.6%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 16:1 16:1 16:1 16:1 16.1

Quad Cities Campus

Number of Sections 476 517 534 603 627
Percent of Classes Less Than 30 92.6% 94.0% 93.1% 94.4% 95.2%
Student-to-Faculty Ratio NA 12:1 12:1 12:1 12:1


Student-to-Faculty Ratios - Fiscal Year 2009

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public University Subset 16:1 13:1 16:1 19:1
All Illinois Public Universities 16:1 16:1 17:1 19:1



Macomb Benchmarks

Western Illinois 16:1
Eastern Illinois 16:1
James Madison 16:1
College of Charleston 16:1
North Carolina-Wilmington 17:1
Northern Iowa 17:1
Montclair State 17:1
Appalachian State 17:1
Western Kentucky 19:1
Western Washington 19:1
Sam Houston State 20:1
Missouri State 21:1
Central Washington 21:1
Wisconsin-Whitewater 23:1
California State-Chico 23:1

Quad Cities Benchmarks

Western Illinois-Quad Cities 11:1
Saint Ambrose 11:1
Augustana 11:1
Houston-Clear Lake 11:1
Illinois-Springfield 13:1
Pennsylvania State-Harrisburg 13:1
Texas A&M-Texarkana 14:1
Texas A&M-International 15:1
University of Baltimore 18:1
Governors State 19:1



The University’s high-quality academic experience produces high levels of alumni satisfaction. The percent of alumni donating to the University is a proxy for student satisfaction with the educational experience. Western has the highest level of alumni donations for the Illinois public universities, and is third among benchmark institutions.

Percent of Alumni Donations - Fall 2009

  WIU Low Average High
Illinois Public Universities Subset 13% 4% 8% 13%
All Illinois Public Universities 13% 1% 7% 13%


Benchmark of Alumni Donations

Augustana 31%
Western Kentucky 14%
Western Illinois 13%
Wisconsin-Whitewater 13%
Northern Iowa 12%
Texas A&M-International 11%
Appalachian State 10%
St. Ambrose 10%
College of Charleston 10%
Missouri State 9%
North Carolina-Wilmington 9%
Eastern Illinois 8%
Illinois-Springfield 8%
James Madison 8%
Sam Houston State 8%
Western Washington 7%
Montclair State 6%
Central Washington 5%
California State-Chico 5%
SIU-Edwardsville 4%