Georgetown College is committed to the principle that student learning and student success are at the core of our institutional mission. We constantly collect data to measure how well we’re doing in meeting our goal of “providing an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant Christian community,” and we are justifiably proud of the data that shows that Georgetown College is “distinguished by its emphasis on outstanding teaching and mentoring.”
Measures of Student Achievement
- It is the goal of Georgetown College to ensure that its students succeed academically at a level that is well above the average for liberal arts institutions. Each year, to measure our success at reaching that goal, Georgetown College seniors complete the nationally-normed Proficiency Profile examination. This test measures their success in acquiring key academic skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, and math. This year’s results show that Georgetown College not only significantly exceeds the national average for liberal arts institutions on its cumulative scores, but is improving in its performance, year to year.
- For more information: ProficiencyProfile2018.pdf
- Research shows that student success is strongly related to engagement with faculty, inside and outside of the classroom. As a result, Georgetown College works to achieve a very important goal: to ensure that its students have a high level of satisfaction with faculty mentorship, exceeding even what is seen at other national liberal arts colleges. The evidence shows that Georgetown College is successful at reaching this goal. The nationally-normed Student Satisfaction Inventory demonstrates that Georgetown College rates significantly higher than other student-centered national liberal arts colleges when it comes to its students’ satisfaction with advising and mentorship provided by faculty—a conclusion supported by the results of CIRP, another nationally-normed survey.
- These core academic skills, combined with the support of engaged faculty, then help students find ways to improve their employment outcomes. A study published in The Economist rated Georgetown College in the top 5% of institutions in the nation (and first in Kentucky) for its ability to add to the expected earning capacity of its students. And our Graves Center for Calling and Career helps students prepare for success through their College to Career Commitment, and then tracks their success as they enter the workplace. As an institution, our goal is for our graduates to be highly successful in getting jobs or a graduate school placement within six months of graduation—we aim for a 95% placement rate. And we have recently been recognized as the College with the best record in the state for employment of graduates within six months of graduation.
- For a screenshot of Georgetown's ranking, click here: Economist_Screenshot.pdf. To access the full survey, click here.
- For the Graves Center Report on student outcomes, one year after graduation, click here: Graves Center Report 2018.pdf
- For a summary of several graduate outcomes measures, click here: Grad Outcomes
- Our goal for graduation rates is to exceed the averages for institutions in Kentucky—and we have met that goal. For overall data on enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates, please see the Retention Table from the College’s most recent President’s Report.
“Transferring to Georgetown College was a really pleasant surprise, because there is such a tight sense of community. I feel really connected to my professors; I know all of them, and I can reach out to them at any time about anything. Honestly, I feel connected to my own education now, and it has made me value my education a lot more. Last semester I was on the Dean’s List! That has never happened before, but here I feel like everyone is working to help me succeed.”
Victoria Smith, 2018