Advancing Inclusive Success

1.a: Western fosters a caring and supportive environment where all members are respected and treated fairly.

Employee Satisfaction (1.a.1)

% Employees Satisfied or Very Satisfied with Job (Faculty)
  2016/2017 2024/2025 Goal
Overall 79.0% 90%
Men 85.8% 90%
Women 72.4% 90%
White 80.3% 90%
Faculty of Color 69.2% 90%
Straight 79.1% 90%
LBGQO 78.8% 90%

Source: Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Survey

Mean Score on Workplace Job Satisfaction (Faculty)
  2016/2017 2024/2025 Goal
Men 51.1% 65%
Women 48.5% 65%
White 50.3% 65%
Faculty of Color 47.2% 65%
Straight 50.0% 65%
LBGQO 48.4% 65%

Source: Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) Survey

Student Satisfaction (1.a.2)

Student satisfaction with quality of instruction presented as an average on a 5-point scale with 5 = very satisfied.

Student Satisfaction with Educational Support
  2013/14 2016/17 2024/2025
Percentage of Graduating Seniors Responding "Very Much" or "Quite a Bit" 74% 65% 80%

Source: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) 

Student Satisfaction with Quality of instruction
  2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2024/25 Goal
In Major (Graduating Seniors) Average Satisfaction* 4.06 4.07 4.13 4.09 4.50
In GUR Courses (Second-year Students) Average Satisfaction*   3.37   3.43 4.00
In Program (Graduating Master's Candidates) Average Satisfaction* 4.01 3.97 3.76 3.94 4.50

Source: Western Educational Longitudinal Study (WELS)

1.b: Western pursues justice and equity.

Graduation and Retention Rates (1.b.1)

First-Year Retention Rate (definition: rate for 2016-17 is the percent of fall 2015 full-time freshmen returning for second fall term)

Transfer Three-Year Graduation Rate (definition: rate for 2016-17 is percent of fall 2013 full-time transfers graduating within 3 years)

Four-Year Graduation Rate (definition: rate for 2016-17 is the percent of fall 2012 full-time freshmen graduating within 4 years)

Transfer Four-Year Graduation Rate (definition: rate for 2016-17 is percent of fall 2012 full-time transfers graduating within 4 years)

Six-Year Graduation Rate (definition: rate for 2016-17 is the percent of fall 2010 full-time freshmen graduating within 6 years)

First-Year Retention Rate
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Overall 82.8% 82.6% 82.4% 82.1% 81.2% 90%
Students of Color 81.8% 81.1% 82.0% 80.8% 78.9% 90%
Students of Color (Underrepresented) 80.3% 79.6% 80.0% 79.8% 77.8% 90%
Pell Grant Eligible 80.8% 76.9% 78.4% 79.5% 74.2% 90%
First-Generation 79.7% 78.6% 78.3% 79.7% 77.2% 90%
American Indian or Alaska Native 79.2% 86.3% 83.1% 78.8% 74.6% 90%
Asian 83.6% 83.0% 84.8% 82.2% 80.3% 90%
Black or African American 83.3% 79.5% 81.5% 76.8% 76.1% 90%
Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity 78.2% 79.3% 78.2% 79.8% 79.1% 90%
White 83.2% 83.1% 82.8% 82.7% 81.9% 90%
Other or Unknown Race/Ethnicity 84.2% 73.2% 72.7% 85.5% 83.1% 90%

Source: Office of Institutional Research

Four-Year Graduation Rate
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Overall 39.8% 39.6% 37.7% 38.8% 36.8% 50%
Students of Color 35.0% 33.6% 31.4% 33.0% 32.6% 50%
Students of Color (Underrepresented) 32.6% 29.7% 29.4% 32.3% 31.1% 50%
Pell Grant Eligible 37.4% 34.7% 30.4% 33.3% 30.1% 50%
First-Generation 37.6% 36.3% 33.9% 35.1% 33.5% 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native 42.1% 25.0% 30.4% 28.3% 43.1% 50%
Asian 37.6% 38.0% 33.4% 33.8% 34.3% 50%
Black or African American 23.9% 38.0% 27.5% 36.1% 32.9% 50%
Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity 33.8% 29.3% 32.6% 31.3% 28.8% 50%
White 41.1% 41.4% 39.6% 40.6% 38.4% 50%
Other or Unknown Race/Ethnicity 41.3% 28.3% 15.8% 39.5% 21.4% 50%

Source: Office of Institutional Research 

Six-Year Graduation Rate
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Overall 69.3% 71.6% 71.2% 69.5% 69.1% 80%
Students of Color 60.4% 64.1% 65.0% 68.0% 67.8% 80%
Students of Color (Underrepresented) 55.2% 57.4% 61.8% 64.8% 63.9% 80%
Pell Grant Eligible 64.9% 64.3% 65.4% 65.4% 65.4% 80%
First-Generation 65.1% 66.4% 68.3% 66.2% 66.6% 80%
American Indian or Alaska Native 49.1% 63.2% 64.9% 55.4% 66.1% 80%
Asian 66.3% 71.3% 68.1% 71.7% 71.8% 80%
Black or African American 48.1% 51.1% 56.8% 70.4% 66.7% 80%
Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity 65.2% 62.0% 63.5% 66.0% 66.9% 80%
White 71.7% 73.7% 73.3% 70.0% 69.6% 80%
Other or Unknown Race/Ethnicity 62.6% 65.3% 66.3% 63.0% 36.8% 80%

Source: Office of Institutional Research 

Transfer Three-Year Graduation Rate
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Overall 64.0% 64.3% 57.0% 61.0% 61.2% 65%
Students of Color 62.6% 64.4% 56.5% 58.6% 61.0% 65%
Students of Color (Underrepresented) 60.7% 63.1% 55.0% 58.0% 56.3% 65%
Pell Grant Eligible 62.3% 63.8% 59.0% 58.2% 60.8% 65%
First-Generation 65.8% 65.7% 56.5% 63.5% 60.7% 65%
American Indian or Alaska Native 60.0% 52.5% 62.5% 52.0% 55.2% 65%
Asian 66.2% 67.3% 58.8% 59.8% 70.1% 65%
Black or African American 60.0% 55.6% 44.4% 58.8% 52.6% 65%
Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity 62.1% 72.9% 54.8% 58.3% 56.3% 65%
White 63.9% 64.4% 57.4% 61.9% 60.6% 65%
Other or Unknown Race/Ethnicity 74.1% 57.9% 44.4% 58.3% 79.4% 65%

Source: Office of Institutional Research 

Transfer Four-Year Graduation Rate
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Overall 78.9% 75.0% 77.6% 71.9% 74.8% 80%
Students of Color 75.4% 73.3% 76.3% 71.5% 76.4% 80%
Students of Color (Underrepresented) 74.7% 68.0% 72.6% 69.5% 76.8% 80%
Pell Grant Eligible 76.0% 71.3% 73.6% 72.4% 71.7% 80%
First-Generation 78.4% 76.8% 79.2% 70.5% 75.8% 80%
American Indian or Alaska Native 76.9% 70.0% 62.5% 78.1% 72.0% 80%
Asian 76.6% 81.5% 81.8% 72.9% 75.6% 80%
Black or African American 61.1% 75.0% 77.8% 66.7% 82.4% 80%
Hispanic or Latino Ethnicity 78.3% 68.2% 79.7% 69.9% 76.2% 80%
White 80.1% 75.0% 78.0% 72.2% 74.4% 80%
Other or Unknown Race/Ethnicity 76.4% 81.5% 73.7% 55.6% 75.0% 80%

Source: Office of Institutional Research 

Number of First-Generation, Pell-Eligible, and State Need Grant-Eligible Students (1.b.2)

First-Generation Students

Source: Office of Institutional Research

First-Generation Students in Freshmen Cohort
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2024-25 Goal
First Generation Students 3,161  3,123 3,172 3,219  3,247  3,900
% First Generation  22.1% 21.7% 21.7% 21.7% 21.4% 25%
First-Generation Students in Transfer Cohort
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2024-25 Goal
First-Generation Students 1,489  1,612  1,746 1,738  1,787 2,150
% First Generation 10.4% 11.2% 11.9% 11.7% 11.8% 14%
First-Generation Graduate Students
  2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2024-25 Goal
First-Generation Students 104 99 110 135  132  160
% First Generation 15.6% 15.2% 15.6% 18.5% 18.3% 22%

Pell and State Need Grant Eligible Students

Source: Office of Institutional Research

Pell and State Need Grant Eligible Students in Freshmen Cohort
   2013-14   2014-15   2015-16   2016-17  2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Pell Grant Eligible 667 736 721 651 772 925
% Pell Grant Eligible 24.1% 26.6% 25.9% 22.8% 25.1% 30%
State Need Grant Eligible 393 480 436  395 477 575
% State Need Grant Eligible 14.2% 17.4% 15.7% 13.8% 15.5% 19%
Pell and State Need Grant Eligible Students in Transfer Cohort
   2013-14   2014-15   2015-16   2016-17  2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Pell Grant Eligible 368 429 415 383 390 470
% Pell Grant Eligible 37.6% 40.0% 37.9% 35.5% 35.0% 42%
State Need Grant Eligible 268 328 316 292 300 360
% State Need Grant Eligible 27.4% 30.6% 28.9% 27.0% 27.0% 32%

Faculty, Staff, Students of Color (1.b.3)

Source: Office of Institutional Research

Undergraduate Students of Color
   2013-14   2014-15   2015-16   2016-17  2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Students of Color 3,246 3,450 3,697 3,809 3,937 5,000
% Students of Color 22.7% 23.9% 25.3% 25.7% 25.9% 35%
Graduate Students of Color
   2013-14   2014-15   2015-16   2016-17  2017-18 2024-25 Goal
Graduate Students of Color (all non-transfer) 92 95 98 97 95 150

 

Faculty of Color
  Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 Fall 2017 2024-25 Goal
Total Faculty 860 900 928 937 953  
Total Tenured-Tenure Track Faculty 467 499 500 514 537 625
Faculty of Color (Tenured, Tenure Track, Non Tenure Track) 9.8% 10.6% 12.9% 13.2% 13.9% 20%
Faculty of Color (Tenured-Tenure Track) 13.4% 13.6% 15.1% 15.8% 16.6% 23%
Staff of Color
  Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016 2024-25 Goal
Total Staff 1982 2076 2108 2113  
Staff of Color 238 267 292 299  
% Staff of Color 12.0% 12.9% 13.9% 14.2% 20%