Unit Effectiveness Planning

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

Each undergraduate and graduate program will annually set targets and develop action plans to achieve those targets. Subsequently in the following fall, programs will assess the achievement of their goals, report outcomes, and revise targets and action plans as needed for the following year.

The targets and goals are based on the Gallaudet Strategic Plan Objectives of

  • A.5 Increase and broaden accountability for student enrollment
  • B.4 Increase and broaden accountability for student retention and graduation
  • D.3 Strengthen students' preparation for employment and career success
  • E.1 Establish Gallaudet's research agenda and set targets for externally-funded research proposal submission, funding, and completion by 2016 and beyond
  • E.2 Create the infrastructure needed to support a world-class research enterprise
UEP Templates

UEP Template: AY2016-2017
UEP Templete for Certificate Programs AY2016-2017

Unit Effectiveness Planning: Data 2011-2015

Submission Instructions and Timeline:
  • Fill in the performance data for GSP strategies (and sub-strategies) 4-7 as appropriate.
  • Review your AY 2015-2016 achievements and consider to what extent your action plans for achieving targets were successful.
  • Set new targets and develop new action plans.
  • Submit your DRAFT AY 2016-2017 UEP(s) to your Dean by Friday, October 21, 2016 (with a CC to OAQ at helen.thumann@gallaudet.edu). For graduate programs, please be sure to also send a copy of the template to the Dean of Graduate Programs, Gaurav Mathur.
  • Deans will meet with you to discuss your targets and action plans. If needed, your UEP will be revised based on discussions with your Dean.
  • Submit FINAL UEPs to Dean(s) and OAQ by Friday, November 18, 2016.


Program Enrollment
At Gallaudet the census date is the fifteenth calendar day from the first day of class in the fall and spring semesters, and is the day on which formal student counts are produced. We count all students currently enrolled in a major/program (new and returning).

Program Retention
We count all those enrolled at census one fall and how many were retained. Those still enrolled the following fall are divided by those who were enrolled the previous fall after subtracting all those that graduated from that program in the intervening year out of the denominator. This methodology is different from the methodology used for GPRA and IPEDS, which looks at only the cohort of first time freshman. However, it is the same methodology used to determine fall-to-fall retention of all undergraduate students (a table in the Annual Report of Achievements). This methodology includes all degree-seeking undergraduate students -- not just first-time, full-time freshmen. 

Program Graduation Rate
First-time, full-time freshmen in an entering year cohort are analyzed six years later. To determine their program/major since most don't have a major at the time of entering Gallaudet, a study is done of all majors the student had since entering and only the most recent one(s) are used. Then an analysis of whether the student did graduate within six years is done. If a student is in more than one major/program his/her data will be used for all applicable majors.

We based the graduation data for graduate programs on the agreement the University has made with the US Department of Education for the Graduate student graduate rate -- GPRA indicator 1.11. "This indicator is a graduate student graduation rate for master's level students only (excluding Ph.D. and graduate certificate students). A cohort is created out of each fall's new master's level graduate enrollment, including all those who are new to a master's program at Gallaudet-regardless of whether they have already enrolled in another graduate program at the University. The graduate student graduation rate is calculated as the number of new master's degree students from each fall that complete their program within a three year period. This new methodology is a logical method of calculating graduation of master's students that parallels established formulas already used to calculate undergraduate graduation rates."

It was agreed when calculating rates for unit effectiveness that the same calculations would be made for all departments/programs using the same methodology.

Alumni Outcomes

Alumni outcomes are gathered every year from the results of the Annual Survey of Recent Graduates. Every winter the survey is sent to the class that graduated the one and a half years to two years previously (for example, the most recent survey was administered in winter 2012 of the class that graduated December 2010 through August 2011). Depending on the data gathered on each alumnus, they are categorized in one of three categories: employed, pursuing additional education, or neither. A percentage of each programs responding alumni are reported for these three categories.

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