School of Education

Measures of Success

Purdue University Fort Wayne’s educator preparation programs have earned national accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (2019-2026). This accreditation applies to both initial and advanced preparation programs. (Our counselor education program is accredited separately though CACREP.)

One of the core elements of our programs is a continuous improvement model that provides feedback to faculty about policies and practices. Purdue Fort Wayne routinely monitors a wide range of program measures, such as student academic progress, completer feedback, and employer satisfaction. Further, we believe it is important to share our data with the public to promote transparency and trust in higher education.

Below, we provide 8 measures used to monitor our initial educator preparation programs. Data for advanced programs can be found on the websites for those specific programs. Additional data provided by the Indiana Department of Education can be found on our Title II and 1388 Reports page.

Measure 1: Impact on P-12 Learning

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) collects teacher effectiveness ratings for teachers with three years of experience or fewer. The effectiveness data are based, in part, on students’ achievement and growth during an academic year. Recent graduates from Purdue Fort Wayne are consistently rated as effective or highly effective by their principals, frequently meeting or exceeding state averages.

Percent of Completers Rated as Effective or Highly Effective

 

Teachers with 1 Year of Experience

Teachers with 2 Years of Experience

Teachers with 3 Years of Experience

Total

2017/18 Purdue Fort Wayne

95%

97%

97%

97%

2018/19 Purdue Fort Wayne

100%

97%

100%

99%

2019/20 Purdue Fort Wayne

96%

100%

 98%

98%

2019/20 State of Indiana 

96%

98%

99%

98%

 Source: https://www.doe.https://www.in.gov/doe/educators/epps/educator-preparation-program-comparative-data-and-performance-data/in.gov/epps, October 1, 2021. 

Measure 2: Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) collects teacher effectiveness ratings for teachers with three years of experience or fewer. Recent graduates from Purdue Fort Wayne are consistently rated as effective or highly effective by their principals, frequently meeting or exceeding state averages.

Percent of Completers Rated as Effective or Highly Effective

 

Teachers with 1 Year of Experience

Teachers with 2 Years of Experience

Teachers with 3 Years of Experience

Total

2017/18 Purdue Fort Wayne

95%

97%

97%

97%

2018/19 Purdue Fort Wayne

100%

97%

100%

99%

2019/20 Purdue Fort Wayne

96%

100%

 98%

98%

2019/20 State of Indiana 

96%

98%

99%

98%

Source: https://www.in.gov/doe/educators/epps/educator-preparation-program-comparative-data-and-performance-data/ , October 1, 2021.

Measure 3: Employer Satisfaction

IDOE conducts an annual survey of principals who supervise first and second-year teachers. The survey asks principals to evaluate teachers’ preparation in three domains (knowledge, disposition, and performance) reflecting elements of national professional standards, such as CAEP and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC). Principals’ overall satisfaction with Purdue Fort Wayne graduates frequently matches or exceeds statewide averages. Satisfaction within the individual domains often exceeds 95%.

Principals’ Overall Satisfaction (Satisfied or Highly Satisfied) with Recent Graduates

 

Purdue
Fort Wayne

State of Indiana

2016/17

96%

94%

2017/18

93%

93%

2018/19

93%

96%

2019/20

98%

97%

Source: https://www.in.gov/doe/educators/epps/educator-preparation-program-comparative-data-and-performance-data/ , October 1, 2021

Measure 4: Completer Satisfaction

IDOE conducts an annual survey of first- and second-year teachers who completed teacher preparation programs in Indiana.  Teachers rate their preparation in knowledge, pedagogy, and professional dispositions and provide an overall assessment of preparation. These surveys show a high level of satisfaction among Purdue Fort Wayne completers. We also conduct our own internal measurements with similar satisfaction rates.

Completers’ Overall Satisfaction (Satisfied or Highly Satisfied)

 

Purdue
Fort Wayne

State of Indiana

2017/18

88%

95%

2018/19

89%

94%

2019 /20

84%

93%

Source: https://www.in.gov/doe/educators/epps/educator-preparation-program-comparative-data-and-performance-data/ , October 1, 2021.

Measure 5: Graduation rates

Attrition, retention, and graduation rates for students formally admitted to our educator preparation program (EPP) are reported annually to the IDOE as required by House Bill 1388. (Note that this is not a 4-year or 6-year cohort graduation rate in the typical sense. Rather, it is the percentage of students enrolled in a given year who gradate that year.) We are proud that our attrition rate of students leaving the program or the university is consistently low.

Attrition, Retention, and Graduation Rates

Year

Measure

Purdue

Fort Wayne

State of Indiana

2019

Graduation

34.2%

31.3%

Retention

59.4%

62.7%

Attrition

6.3%

5.8%

2020

Graduation

44.6%

30.6%

Retention

50.9%

63.3%

Attrition

4.5%

6.1%

2021 

Graduation

35.7%

29.8%

Retention

59.2%

65.6%

Attrition

5.2%

4.6%

* Totals may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

Source: https://www.in.gov/doe/educators/epps/educator-preparation-program-comparative-data-and-performance-data/ , October 1, 2021.

Measure 6: Licensing Rates

Pass rates on state licensure exams for both pedagogy and content knowledge are tracked through Title II data. Overall pass rates for Purdue Fort Wayne completers are shown below. Pass rates on individual exams are higher. Additional details can be found on our Title II and 1388 Report data pages.

 

Purdue
Fort Wayne

2017/18

81%

2018/19

73%

2019/20

71%


Measure 7: Ability of Completers to be Hired in Relevant Education Positions 

Purdue Fort Wayne tracks how many of our completers teach in Indiana public schools the year after graduating. In addition, completers also take positions that are not captured in these data, such as independent early childhood settings, out-of-state schools, or less traditional educational settings like museums, zoos, or public outreach programs for organizations. Our own surveys indicate that approximately 80% of graduates have positions at the time of graduation, which is often before many schools have finalized hiring decisions over the summer.

Graduation Year

% Teaching in Indiana Public Schools

2017/18

46%

2018/19

47%

Source: IDOE data requests.

 

Measure 8: Student Loan Default Rates and Other Consumer Information

Purdue Fort Wayne’s official Cohort Default Rate (CDR) for FY 2017 was 7.6%. For more details and additional consumer information, please visit: https://www.pfw.edu/offices/institutional-research/consumer-information/. (Effective October 1, 2021)