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Student Right to Know

ACE student outcomes and graduation rate data

It’s your right to understand the data.

The Student Right-to-Know Act, passed by Congress in 1990, requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding, under the Higher Education Act of 1965, to calculate completion or graduation rates of certificate or degree-seeking, full-time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to current and prospective students.

The institutional statistics that are used as the “industry standard” by post-secondary higher education institutions to provide institutional or program outcomes under the Act can be found in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) used by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The components commonly utilized to evaluate a college’s or university’s overall performance are completion/graduation rate, retention rate and time-to-completion, and are based on the percentage results of first-time, full-time bachelor’s-degree-seeking students during the most recent available academic year. However, ACE serves mostly a working adult population and thus does not have first-time, full-time students. As such, ACE calculates completion and retention rates per program and per degree level. In addition, ACE calculates accreditor reporting criteria or standards and state-level institutional reporting as applicable to provide information and comparison.

Although ACE is approved to participate in Title IV funding, the College has chosen not to participate to keep educational costs low. Learn more about our Tuition and ROI.


2022 Student Right to Know

Satisfaction Metrics

American College of Education takes great pride in having satisfied students and employers. We believe it is our duty to make your academic experience a meaningful and satisfying one. The following charts show how employers of ACE graduates and our students rate their satisfaction.

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Student Assessment Measures: Education

ACE offers multiple programs that are approved in specific states as leading to initial teacher or administrative certification, licensure or endorsement.

Receipt of initial teacher or administrative certification, licensure or endorsement may also require the passage of specific tests, determined by that jurisdictional authority to receive licensure or endorsement. The following represents a comparison of ACE pass rates and the average state pass rate as provided by the identified state where ACE is listed as a State Department of Education approved and recognized Education Program Preparation Provider. ACE’s goal, as stated in our Strategic Plan, is to “beat” the state averages in each state where a program leads to licensure.

Data reflect the specified licensure exam results available from September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021 unless otherwise stated.

Enrollment, Completion and Retention Metrics

American College of Education is a college committed to helping as many students as possible achieve their career goals by providing high-quality education at an affordable cost. American College of Education is committed to not only starting students in a program, but to retaining those students and getting them to their ultimate goal of earning the credential they desire. The statistics below provide information regarding ACE’s enrollment, completion and retention metrics.

Fall Enrollment by Degree Type

August 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021

This section shows total enrollment of students by degree level.

Fall Enrollment by Program

August 1, 2021 – October 31,2021

Certificates and Degrees Conferred by Degree Type

July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

This section shows the number of conferred credentials by degree level.

Certificates and Degrees Conferred by Program

July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Fall Demographics by Degree Type

August 1, 2021 – October 31, 2021

All student demographic data is self-reported. This data includes students by degree level.

Fall Demographics by Program

August 1, 2021 – October 31,2021

Annual Retention Rate by Degree Level

January 2021 Census Date – January 2022 Census Date

ACE calculates an annual retention rate for all certificate and degree-seekers actively enrolled at some point during the previous year, beginning with the January Census (less graduates), who remain in an active status as of the January term census date of the reporting year.

Annual Retention Rate by Program

January 2021, Census Date – January 2022 Census Date

Graduation Rate by Degree Type

Graduations between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021

American College of Education calculates an annual graduation rate, which establishes rates of completion based on a student’s initial enrollment in a cohort, using expected time-to-completion for their program and the most current start cohort for reporting (e.g. 2018 start cohort for the master’s level). Students are only reported once at the degree level, even if enrolled in more than one program at that level.

This data reflect students who completed a program of study by December 31, 2021.

Completion Rate by Program

Graduations between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021

Five-Year Master’s Degree Graduation Rate Trend

This data reflect students who completed a program of study by December 31, 2021.

Click here for the IDOE EPP Comparative Data Matrix.
Click here for annual reporting measures required by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Information provided by the Office of Institutional Analytics: 2022

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