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The Seven Measures of Success

1. The National Survey of Student Engagement
The National Survey of Student Engagement is widely considered the most reliable and informative method for comparing the overall quality of different colleges’ educational programs. Each year the 80 question NSSE survey is administered to first year students and seniors at approximately 700 colleges and universities around the United States. The data are analyzed to provide indicators about the level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment. Green Mountain’s ratings are well above the national average for all five areas.

Chart 1: Level of Academic Challenge


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Chart 2: Active & Collaborative Learning

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Chart 3: Enriching Educational Experiences

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Chart 4: Student/Faculty Interaction

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Chart 5: Supportive Campus Environment

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The USA Today website enables one to compare NSSE scores among all schools that submit scores.

2. Retention Rates
Our first year retention rate in fall 2009 was 70%, which is four percentage points better than the 66% average for private, rural 4-year colleges in our peer group.

3. Graduation Rates
Four-Year Graduation Rate:
Ninety-three percent of Green Mountain College students who achieved at least a 2.0 average and took 15 credits per semester graduated within four years. In 2009, GMC implemented a four-year guarantee to all incoming freshmen who meet academic requirements and work closely with their academic advisors. This guarantee ensures students will graduate in four years or we will cover all tuition costs for any additional courses at GMC needed for graduation.

Six-Year Graduation Rate:
The calculation of this rate is restricted by the federal government to first-year, full-time students who stay at one institution for six years. Transfer students are not included. Because it is based on students entering college more than a half decade earlier, the six-year graduation rate does not reflect recent changes at an institution. Our federal six-year graduation rate for the 2003 entering cohort is 44%. If transfer student data are included, constituting almost 1/5 of each entering class, the rate is 48% (which is slightly above our peer group).

4. Internships

Experiential learning is an important part of a GMC education. Students get real-world experience in independent study projects and internships before they graduate, helping them obtain a job or earn acceptance to graduate and professional schools. GMC graduates have recently completed internships at the White House, Smith Barney, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Outdoor Leadership School, New Orleans Children’s Hospital, and the Royal Museum of Ontario.

5. Graduate School Admissions

Our alumni attend graduate and professional degree programs at leading institutions including New York University; Princeton University; Cornell University; Columbia University; Stanford University and McGill University in Canada. See a list of graduate schools attended by recent graduates.

6. Licensure Exams

The teacher education program prepares students to take licensure exams. 100% of our education majors who take the Praxis I and II exams achieved a passing grade.

7. Career Placement & Satisfaction

Every year we survey former students who graduated one, three, and ten years earlier to assess their levels of success and satisfaction. Against the backdrop of the current recession, 96% of 2008 graduates were employed and 95% were satisfied with their jobs one year after leaving GMC.


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