Communication Disorders Student Outcome Data

Employment Rates of Graduates Within One Year of Graduation

Employment rates of the program’s graduates are high. During the past three academic years (2014-2015through 2016-2017), 100 percent of our graduates were employed in the profession of speech-language pathology within one year of graduation. In fact, many graduate students find employment within the profession prior to graduation.   

Academic Year

Number of Graduates (#)

Percent of Graduates (%)

2016 - 2017

38

100

2015 - 2016

28

100

2014 - 2015

34

100

Three-Year Average

 

 100%

Praxis Examination Pass Rates of Graduates

Requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and the State of Illinois license in speech-language pathology include successful completion of the Praxis national examination in speech-language pathology. The pass rates for our students are very high. During the past three academic years (2014-2015 through 2016-2017), the program's average pass rate was 96 percent (96%). This pass rate exceeds the national pass rate for the examination. 

Academic Year

Number of Students
Taking the Examination

Number of Students
Passed (#)

Pass Rate (%)

2016 - 2017

18

18

100

2015 - 2016

28

27

96

2014 - 2015

34

32

94

Three-Year Average

 

 

 96%

Program Completion Rates

Program completion rates are very high. The graduate program in Communication Disorders has one of the highest retention rates in the university. The program occasionally will have graduate students who do not complete the program for a variety of reasons (academic and non-academic). The percentage of graduate students who were admitted to the program during a particular academic year and who completed the graduate program on time averaged 93% for the past three academic years. 

Academic Year

Number (#)
Completed Program Within
Expected Time Frame

Number (#)
Completed Program Later Than Expected
Time Frame

Number (#) Not
Completing

Percentage (%)
Completing Within
Expected Time Frame

2016 - 2017

37

1

1

97

2015 - 2016

33

2

1

92

2014 - 2015

33

1

1

94

Three-Year
Average

 

 

 

93%

NOTE:

The above data represent the number of students who graduated in a specified academic year and the proportion of them who graduated within five years of entering the program. On average, part-time students take six graduate credit hours (i.e., two academic courses) per term and complete the program in about three years (i.e., 9 terms). Full-time students take nine graduate credits (i.e., three academic courses) per term and complete the program in about 2-1/3rd years (i.e., 7 terms). It is difficult to group students within cohorts because students can attend either full-time or part-time. In addition, there is considerable variability regarding the time frame for each student’s program. There is a program expectation, however, that all students will complete degree requirements within five years of admission.