Student Success

Student Retention, Graduation, and Program Completion Times

Meridian faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the advising and support students need to accomplish their educational and professional goals. Faculty seek to provide students with a stimulating learning environment, enriched by the facilitation of strong faculty and peer connections.

Meridian offers a learning format that supports non-traditional and life-long post-bachelors learners, providing students with the support and flexibility that can help in balancing the pursuit of educational goals with professional, personal, and family commitments. For these reasons, the completion timeframe of Meridian students may vary from traditional university students.

Retention

Retention rates are calculated each academic year per entering ‘cohort’, for the first and second year and are determined by the number of students who have completed an attempt of at least one course and who remain enrolled for at least a year. Meridian consistently maintains high retention rates, though small sample sizes in some programs make certain statistics less meaningful.

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Completion Rates

Completion rates are calculated based on the number of graduates divided by the students available for graduation, per entering Academic Year, based on matriculated students who have completed an attempt of at least one course. The “Number in Program” is the number of students scheduled to complete the program within the academic year, not the total number of enrolled students. The “Number of Graduates” is the number of students who completed the program within 100% of the maximum time to complete. Some students may not have completed within this time frame, but may still be making progress towards completion. Small sample sizes amongst some demographics affect the quality of statistical analysis.

Note that in 2018-19, Meridian substantially reduced the max time to complete values for each degree. Meaning, students now have less time to graduate 'on-time' than in years past. This amounts to embracing more ambitious targets for student success and reduces the percentage of students shown as 'on-time' in all displayed years. Also, note that if a student withdrew from their degree program and then re-enrolled at a later time, that is counted against the on-time completion rate.

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Student Engagement Rates

Since 2019, faculty have used a new database-driven method to track student engagement within every course module and analyze how student engagement impacts grade distribution and student success generally, as well as tracking the degree to which course modules are valuable and engaging for the students. Prior to 2019, this data was collected manually without a database. Small sample sizes amongst some demographics affect the quality of statistical analysis.

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Grade Distribution

By assessing the current grade distribution across Academic Year, Program and Demographics we can visualize the effectiveness of the courses available and improve faculty and staff teaching and support services. This dataset begins in 2019, when the University adopted a new database system. Small sample sizes amongst some demographics affect the quality of statistical analysis.

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ARMS Assessments

Starting in 2020-21, staff and faculty have been able to collect and collate the individual Assessment and Rubric Management System (ARMS) assessment outcomes to track student performance over time and across demographics.

The scoring system used can be summarized with the following key:

  • Initial - 1
  • Emerging - 2
  • Proficient - 3
  • Advanced - 4

The averages visualized below provide a very high level overview of the University’s dataset and demonstrate that students consistently average assessment scores approaching proficiency.

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Licensure Pass Rates and Placement

Meridian students are consistently successful on California’s MFT and Psychologist licensing exams (Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) and Board of Psychology (BOP), respectively), scoring well above statewide averages.

Board of Behavioral Science (BBS) MFT Licensure Exam Pass Rates (3.5-year cumulative)

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*Licensing data has been released by the boards through 06/2019; exam pass rates will be updated as the data becomes available. 3.5-year cumulative: 2016, 2017, 2018, 01-06/2019.

Reference: http://www.bbs.ca.gov/exams/news.html

Board of Psychology (BOP) Psychologist Licensure Exam Pass Rates (3-year cumulative)

mu bop licensure pass rates 2022

*Licensing data has been released by the boards through 2018; exam pass rates will be updated as the data becomes available. 3-year cumulative: 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Reference: http://www.psychology.ca.gov/applicants/exams/statistics.shtml | | |

Note Regarding Placement

Meridian offers no guarantee of a position or employment for students, both while enrolled and subsequent to graduation. However, Meridian alumni have gone on to pursue diverse careers after completion of their degree.