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Program Data

In the summer of 2018, the University Honors Program worked with the Office of Institutional Research to conduct a study of the program. That study consisted of two key components, a review of the program’s demographic data and a matched sample analysis of the program’s students. A matched sample analysis compares a sample of the students in the program to a similar group of students who are not in the program. Both studies look at total numbers and are anonymous at the individual student level.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1. Matched Sample
Table 1 explicates the factors considered to compare students in the University Honors Program with a similar group of non-Honors students.

Cohorts Matched Variables Honors
n = 175
Non-Honors
n = 175
2013 - 2017 HSGPA 3.70 3.62
SAT 1029 1026
Full-time
Yes
No
 
100%
0%
 
100%
0%
FG Status
No College
College
Unknown
 
73%
26%
1%
 
73%
26%
1%
PELL Recipient
Yes
No
 
56%
44%
 
56%
44%
Gender
Male
Female
 
25%
75%
 
25%
75%
Ethnicity
URM
Non-URM
 
63%
37%
 
63%
37%

Table 2. Academic Performance Comparisons
The matched sample comparison indicates that students in the University Honors Program attempt and complete units at a higher rate than a similar group of high-achieving peers.

Cohort Group First-Term GPA First-Year GPA First-Year Units Attempted* First-Year Units Completed* First-Year Units Completed %*
2013 Honors
Non-Honors
3.42
3.22
3.50
3.08
40.0
35.6
39.9
34.7
99%
96%
2014 Honors
Non-Honors
3.46
3.26
3.38
3.20
40.3
37.2
39.8
36.7
98%
97%
2015 Honors
Non-Honors
3.53
3.20
3.53
3.09
39.5
38.0
39.1
36.7
99%
96%
2016 Honors
Non-Honors
3.63
2.90
3.59
2.71
39.2
35.8
38.8
34.2
99%
92%
2017 Honors
Non-Honors
3.41
3.25
3.30
3.13
39.8
38.6
38.8
37.5
97%
96%

Table 3. Retention and Graduation Rates
A review of data from 2013-2017 indicates that, in a matched sample comparison, high-achieving students in the University Honors Program are retained and graduate at higher rates than their peers.

Cohort Group Count 2nd Year Retention 3rd Year Retention 4th Year Retention 4-Year Graduation
2013 Honors
Non-Honors
21
21
100%
81%
100%
81%
95%
71%
38%
29%
2014 Honors
Non-Honors
21
21
95%
90%
95%
86%
90%
62%
-
-
2015 Honors
Non-Honors
25
25
100%
92%
100%
88%
-
-
-
-
2016 Honors
Non-Honors
26
26
96%
81%
-
-
-
-
-
-
2017 Honors
Non-Honors
82
82
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-