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Ethnic-minority, Gender, Indicators, Enrollment. Transfers, Native, Freshmen, Exams, Graduates


Executive Summary: In early September 1990, Hugh Walkup, the HEC Board's Associate Director for Institutional Research & Policy, asked all participants in the Assessment Task Force to respond to an outline of questions titled: "Statewide Indicators by Activity Category". This report is a summary of that information. The current list of statewide system-level indicators initially were developed by the assessment coordinators and the HEC Board staff. The indicators, while broad based, are intended to provide information that describes basic enrollment patterns for the state's six four-year institutions over a particular time frame. Moreover, the indicators are intended to portray a general profile of the characteristics of student populations ranging from attitudes to employment patterns. As it turned out, not everything the outline asked for initially was addressed, either because the information was not available yet, or because the time frame asked for (the current biennium) had not yet been reached. The outline included herein is not the original sent from the HEC Board, but an outline of the contents of this report. In the spreadsheet section, the following items of interest were noted: 1) there was an increased enrollment of ethnic minority students--up by considerable percentages in all categories; 2) GPA's in all admit status areas (high school, 2-yr transfers, and 4-yr transfers) were up; 3) comparing the average entrance exam test scores of the entering freshmen from the fall quarter of the years 1987 through 1989, the 1989 scores were the highest; 4) looking at the years 1987-88 and 1988-89, Western's retention rate of students was over 70% generally, but lower in all but one exception for ethnic minorities; 5) students entering from high school in the fall of 1984 graduated in the highest percentage four years later; 2-year transfers entering in that quarter graduated in the highest percentage two years later; and 4-year transfers graduated in the highest percentage three years later, although they also graduated in fairly high percentages in the first two years after entering as well. In the narrative section, the following items of interest were noted: 1) in the last biennium eight departments or subcolleges underwent internal review, and nine departments, programs, or subcolleges underwent external accrediting; 2) while Western has proficiency requirements in Math and English, it has none for Foreign Languages; 3) over 80% of Western graduates from 1987-88 and 1988-89 were employed at the time they filled out the Career Planning & Placement's annual questionnaire.




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College students--Washington (State)--Statistics

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Technical and research reports (Western Washington University. Office of Institutional Assessment and Testing) ; 1990-02






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