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Graduate and Professional Outcomes

Belmont University tracks graduation rates, licensure passage rates and first destination rates for students completing our graduate and professional programs as a benchmark for student achievement and success.

Full details on Graduate program student achievement measures, goals and thresholds may be found at Graduate Program Student Outcomes.pdf

Full details on Professional program student achievement measures, goals and thresholds may be found at Professional Student Outcomes.pdf


Licensure Passage Rates

Professional programs track and monitor the performance of Belmont students on state and national licensure examinations or other testing appropriate for the program. These standardized licensure exams measure our students' knowledge and readiness to enter into their chosen profession and as such are an appropriate measure of student success. In most cases either state or national passage rates are available for comparison providing a solid measure of the effectiveness of Belmont's professional programs and to ensure that our goals are acceptable and appropriate. In addition, minimum performance goals are set by accrediting agencies and ensure that our goals as acceptable and appropriate.


Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are standard metrics used by institutions of higher education across the nation, are required by SACSCOC and thus are appropriate as a measure of student success. High graduation rates are consistent with Belmont's desire to help every student succeed. Unless defined by an external accrediting body, Belmont uses a standard methodology of measuring the percentage of students who graduate within 150% of the standard program length. For programs without an external accrediting body, Belmont has established an aspirational goal of 90% for a 150% graduation rate for graduate programs with a minimum threshold of 70%.


First Destination rates/Job Placement Rates

Belmont University seeks to equip our students to pursue lives of meaning and purpose and prepare them to pursue their chosen paths upon completing their degree. The First Destination Rate helps quantify how many graduates were working, continuing education, volunteering, or enlisted in the military within six months of graduations. Unless specifically defined by an external accrediting body for a program, Belmont follows the methodology used nationally by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). For programs without external accrediting requirements, Belmont University has set an aspirational goal of 90% and a minimum threshold to meet or exceed the national first destination rate of 86% for graduates.