Friday, March 30, 2012

Which Angelo State 2011 Nursing Pass Rate?

Which number, 60% or 75%, is correct for Angelo State University's RN pass rate for 2011? The Texas Board of Nursing used 60%, while Texas Tech/ASU internal documents assert a 75% pass rate.  (Click on any image to view it in a larger size)

Note the red arrow which indicates a lower target for 2012 vs. 2011.  This seems in-congruent with a program that "increased" its pass rate from 71% to 75% in the last year.  Normally, the target would rise in such a case, not fall.

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd theorize ASU parsed its pass rate by excluding RN programs slated for elimination.

That said, I've been wrong before and will be again.

Update 3-31-12:  The Standard Times reported ASU's RN pass rate soared to nearly 90% for December graduates.  The question is when they took the exam.  Was it in 2011 or 2012?


Anonymous said...

Good job, sir! Unfortunately, this is very typical at ASU. Formulas for calculations of statistics vary from year to year but there is always a way to make the numbers appear better than they really are.

Anonymous said...

Creative "mathematics" is nothing new to the ASU administration. For example, the acceptance rates published by the university are very different than those published by US News and World Report and others. Why? Because ASU defines acceptance as (# of students that enroll / # of students that apply), while most people define acceptance as (# of students accepted / # of students that apply). While the administration at ASU may lack basic elementary-level mathematics skills, they excel at creative thinking!