Student Success

Student success is assessed using a variety of performance indicators, including Student Retention Rate, Graduation Rate and Job Placement Rate. The Graduate School uses this information in ongoing planning and assessment activities that guide improvement efforts within the school.

Metrics for Student Success

St. Jude Graduate School Mission Statement: To fundamentally advance global health and to find cures for pediatric catastrophic diseases by enhancing education across disciplines and training future leaders and innovators, including researchers probing the molecular basis of disease and therapy, medical practitioners conducting clinical and translational research, and health professionals improving health care systems worldwide.

Success Measures Threshold of Acceptability Goal Outcome
Student Retention Rate: Entering graduate students will complete the first year and remain enrolled in the second year. 80% This outcome will be met when 90% of students successfully complete the first year of the program and return for the second year. 96%
Graduation Rate: Graduate students will earn their degree in a timely manner. 70% of doctoral students will earn their degree within seven years; 66% of master’s students will earn their degree within four years 70% of doctoral students will earn their degree within seven years; 66% of master’s students will earn their degree within four years The Graduate School cannot yet report a graduation rate as its first cohort of the doctoral and master’s programs have not yet met the expected graduation time.
Job Placement Rate: Graduate students will proceed to subsequent occupational andeducational endeavors for which their graduate program was designed to prepare them. 80% This outcome will be met when 90% of students successfully obtain gainful employment or matriculate into another academic program within one year of graduation. 100%

First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Cohort Threshold Goal First-Year Enrollment Second-Year Enrollment Retention Rate
Biomedical Sciences PhD Program

Cohort 1 (2017)

80% 90% 12 11 92%
Cohort 2 (2018) 13 13 100%
Cohort 3 (2019)  13 12 92%
Retention Rate for Biomedical Sciences PhD Program  95%
Global Child Health Program
Cohort 1 (2019) 80% 90% 10 10 100%
Retention Rate for Global Child Health MSc Program 100%
Overall Retention Rate 96%

Job Placement Rate

Number of Graduates Threshold of Acceptability Goal

Employment

Continuing Education Job Placement Rate
2 80% 90% 1 1 100%