Four, five, and six-year graduation rates are tracked for all HORIZONS participants. These rates are tracked for the dual purpose of reporting to the Department of Education and as a determination of HORIZONS' success. Data is collected on a cohort year basis and is compared to the general student population at Purdue. Typically, HORIZONS' students begin college with averaged SAT scores 200 points lower than the average Purdue student. Data on graduation rates is collected through the Office of the Registrar.
The number of students who return for their second, third, and fourth years is measure of persistance and another way to guage the success of HORIZONS. The presistence rates of HORIZONS students is collected by cohort year and compared to the general student population at Purdue. Data on persistence rates is collected through the Office of the Registrar.
Cumulative GPA's are collected at the end of each semester. Although GPA can indicate a measure of student success they are very sensitive to the student's major, the year the student is in, and high school preparation for college.
Every spring semester the HORIZONS program honors its students who achieved academically the previous fall semester. Students who earned Dean's List or Semester Honors during the fall semester are honored with an achievement banquet and a certificate of success. Dean's List honorees earned a 3.5 grad index and a 3.0 semester index. Semester Honor's earned a 3.5 semester index and a 2.0 grad index.