Student Success

The Department of Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration prepares students for professional lives in business and related fields. We accomplish this with rigorous coursework complemented by practical assignments, opportunities for practical experience outside the classroom, and an accessible, academically and professionally qualified faculty.

Department faculty members focus on several measures of student progress and success by evaluating program measures such as retention and adjusted graduation rates as illustrated below.

Mount Union students typically declare a major in their sophomore year. In a table provided below, the retention between freshman and sophomore years is the institutional number and percentage, including all undergraduates. The retention between the sophomore to junior year and junior to senior year is the department number and percentage, representing only EABA majors. 

UMU EABA Retention Rates
First to second-year retention rates are for all UMU students in the cohort (first-year, full-time students)
second to third and third to fourth-year retention rates are for students that had a declared EABA major by the end of the fall semester of their second year    
Cohort Matriculation Year Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013
University Cohort (n) 630 618 647 552
Enrolled second fall (n) 454 469 477 432
First to second-year retention in University 72.1% 75.9% 73.7% 78.3%
Unduplicated EABA students in fall of year two (n) 66 69 76 58
Unduplicated EABA students in fall of year three (n) 53 57 67 50
Second to third-year retention within EABA 80.3% 82.6% 88.2% 86.2%
Unduplicated EABA students in fall of year four (n) 51 53 62 43
Third to fourth-year retention within EABA 96.2% 93.0% 92.5% 86.0%


In the chart below, each EABA major is listed with the accompanying four-year, five-year, and six-year adjusted graduation rates. An institutional comparison with all majors at Mount Union is included.

UMU Adjusted Graduation Rates*
Adjusted graduation rate includes only students that have declared a major, and is based on the matriculation year of first-year, full-time students.
Declared an EABA major and graduated with an EABA major
Student matriculation year 2010 2011 2012 2013
Four-year adjusted graduation rate 72% 69% 65% 78%
Five-year adjusted graduation rate 80% 83% 79%  
Six-year adjusted graduation rate 80% 83%    
Declared majors (n) 135 179 150 128
Declared ANY major and completed with any major
Student matriculation year 2010 2011 2012 2013
Four-year adjusted graduation rate 67% 70% 70% 68%
Five-year adjusted graduation rate 76% 78% 80%  
Six-year adjusted graduation rate 78% 79%    
Declared majors (n) 743 825 774 698
*Students with mulitple majors are counted in each major


EABA is presently graduating students from 10 majors and reports on the numbers of majors graduating with each of the majors during the past three years. Presently, four of the majors (with correspondingly low enrollments are being taught out.)

UMU EABA Graduates*
Majors 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 3-Year Average
Accounting 23 15 11 16
Business Administration** 0 1 0 0
Economics 3 4 3 3
Finance 13 13 7 11
Financial Planning** 1 1 1 1
Health Care Management** 6 7 6 6
Human Resource Management 14 11 18 14
International Business and Economics** 3 5 3 4
Management 22 29 31 27
Marketing 34 27 33 31
EABA Total Graduates 119 113 111 114
*Students with multiple majors are counted in each major
**Discontinued major on teach-out program


Mount Union surveys all graduates to determine their level of success in seeking fulltime employment related to their major course of study or acceptance to graduate study. The results posted below are based on self-reports of the graduates who responded to a survey approximately six months following commencement.

UMU EABA Employment and/or Continuing Education after Graduation*
  2014-2015 Graduates 2015-2016 Graduates
Accounting 15 0 100% 17 0 100%
Business Administration** 0 0 0% 0 0 0%
Economics 0 1 0% 3 0 100%
Finance 10 0 100% 10 0 100%
Financial Planning** 0 1 100% 1 0 100%
Health Care Mangement** 3 2 60% 4 2 67%
Human Resource Management 9 1 90% 10 0 100%
International Business and Economics 1 0 100% 3 0 100%
Management 14 1 93% 20 1 95%
Marketing 17 4 81% 24 2 92%
EABA Total Graduates Reporting 69 10 87% 92 5 95%
*Students with multiple majors are counted in each major
**Discontinued major on teach-out plan


The department has also developed a holistic assessment process to include all majors. Follow the link to see the results of assessment focused on student learning.

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