What's Next?

SCO monitors how each student progresses through its four-year professional program. As shown in our data, SCO has excellent retention and graduation rates that exceed our goals of 95% for both metrics.

 

Retention Rates*

The retention rate is the percentage of SCO’s first-time, first-year professional students who continue at SCO the next year. For example, a student who is full-time in the fall semester and stays in the program at the beginning of the next academic year is counted in this rate. The goal of SCO for retention is that 95% or more of all students who enter the program will return through year four.

Cohort
Entering 
# students  # Enrolled
in Y2 
# Enrolled
in Y3 
# Enrolled
in Y4 
2010  120  117  116  116 (96.7%) 
2011  130  128  128  127 (97.7%) 
2012  130  129  129  129 (99.2%) 
2013 131 130 128 128 (97.7%) 
2014 135 132 131 131 (97%)


*Retention numbers only include students who remain continuously enrolled with their cohorts. These students may graduate with a different cohort.

 

Graduation Rates

The graduation rate is the percentage of SCO’s first-time, first year professional students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Students enter the professional program at the Southern College of Optometry in cohorts and normally complete the program in four years. SCO has the goal that an average of 95% or more of all entering students will graduate in 6 years. As seen in the chart below, SCO has met its goals for the cohorts entering from 2008-2012 (green shading). The cohorts entering in 2013 and 2014 have incomplete data (yellow shading). 
 

Year Initially Matriculated 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Graduated in 4 years 96% 98.4% 92.5% 97.7% 96.9% 96.9%  
Graduated in 5 or more years 1.6% .8% 3.3% .8% 0.8%   n/a
Graduated at any time 97.6% 99.2% 95.8% 98.5% 97.7%   n/a
Attrition for academic reasons 1.6% 0% 2.5% 0% 1.5% 0%  
Attrition for other reasons 0% 0.8% 0.8% 1.5% 0.8% 1.5%  
Completed curricular requirements, but not graduation requirements 0.8% 0% 0.8% 0% 0% 1.5%  
Still enrolled or on a leave of absence 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%