Transparency at Excelsior

Excelsior College is the founder and a member of The Presidents' Forum, a consortium of colleges and universities that are regionally accredited, serve adult students, and provide education at a distance. Consortium members joined together in a project called Transparency by Design, which was intended to provide information that would help students make informed decisions about their educational investment. When the project concluded at the end of 2012, Excelsior College chose to continue providing data on important topics such as student and alumni satisfaction, student engagement, and the costs of degree programs.

Please use the links below to learn more about Excelsior College, including who our students are, what they study, and what they think about their education at Excelsior. You may find the Featured Programs section and the Net Price Calculator particularly useful. The Featured Programs section provides information on what students are expected to learn, how their learning is measured, and how well students have done on those measures. The Net Price Calculator will also assist in making informed decisions regarding the financial aspects of pursuing a college degree.

We at Excelsior College hope you find the information on this site helpful as you make one of the most important decisions of a lifetime: choosing which degree program is best suited to your needs and circumstances.

Learn more about data comparisons

Excelsior College Overview

The graphs display the percentage of students giving a positive response to each survey item.

Priorities Survey for Online Learners

How satisfied were you with your Excelsior College undergraduate experience in the following areas?

Instructional Services

79%

Academic Services

79%

Institutional Perceptions

77%

Student Services

78%

Enrollment Services

75%
 

Please rate your satisfaction with your Excelsior College undergraduate experience.

So far, how has your college experience met your expectations

83%

Rate your overall satisfaction with your experience here thus far

74%

All in all, if you had to do it over, would you enroll again?

70%
 

How satisfied were you with your Excelsior College graduate experience in the following areas?

Instructional Services

84%

Academic Services

84%

Institutional Perceptions

86%

Student Services

81%

Enrollment Services

83%
 

Please rate your satisfaction with your Excelsior College graduate experience.

So far, how has your college experience met your expectations

89%

Rate your overall satisfaction with your experience here thus far

81%

All in all, if you had to do it over, would you enroll again?

80%

 

Alumni Data

Number of Excelsior College graduates as of FY16 163,476
Number of Excelsior College graduates who earned
more than one degree (as of FY16)
10,314

Location of Excelsior College graduates*

Each country shaded blue indicates that there is at least one student from that country that graduated within the last fiscal year.

Graduate country of origin

This figure represents where Excelsior College graduates reside within the continental United States. Specifically, each blue dot represents a graduate and the color of the states corresponds to the number of graduates from that state.

Graduates within continental United States

Finally, this figure represents where Excelsior College graduates reside within New York State with each blue dot representing a graduate.

Graduates in New York

*Location is based upon zip code upon enrollment at Excelsior College.

Overall alumni satisfaction

The tables below display the percentage of students giving a positive response to each survey item on the One Year Alumni Survey. The survey is administered to all recipients of undergraduate degrees (associate and bachelor's degrees) one year after graduation. Respondents from the survey graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. There were 534 respondents. The response rate was 14.9%.

Associate

Overall satisfaction with your experience at this institution. 85%
Is the education you received relevant to your current career? 87%
Would you recommend this institution to others? 85%
How satisfied are you that this institution helped you meet your program outcomes? 87%

 

Baccalaureate

Overall satisfaction with your experience at this institution 91%
Current field of employment related to degree earned at this institution 65%
Would you recommend this institution to others? 96%
How satisfied are you that this institution helped you meet your program outcomes? 91%

Alumni continuing education

The tables below display the percentage of students giving a positive response to each survey item on the One Year Alumni Survey. The survey is administered to all recipients of undergraduate degrees (associate and bachelor's degrees) one year after graduation. Respondents from the survey graduated between July 2014 and June 2015. There were 534 respondents. The response rate was 14.9%.

Associate

Do you have plans to seek additional education? 86%

Level of education planned/in progress:
 
Bachelor's degree (63% already hold a bachelor's degree) 86%
Certificate (33% already hold a certificate) 47%
Master's degree (16% already hold a master's degree) 69%
Doctoral degree 17%
Professional degree (JD, MD) (5% already hold a professional degree) 11%

Baccalaureate

Do you have plans to seek additional education? 83%

Level of education planned/in progress:
 
Bachelor's degree (63% already hold a bachelor's degree) 17%
Certificate (33% already hold a certificate) 48%
Master's degree (16% already hold a master's degree) 86%
Doctoral degree 38%
Professional degree (JD, MD) (5% already hold a professional degree) 41%

 

Institutional Effectiveness

Excelsior College considers institutional effectiveness to be a top priority.

Strategic Plan (PDF)

Institutional Effectiveness Plan (PDF)

Assessment of Student Learning

Excelsior College maintains detailed plans for the assessment of student learning.

Institutional Assessment Plan for Student Learning (PDF)

Student Feedback at Excelsior

Surveys across a variety of topics help us continually improve the Excelsior student experience.

Learn more about the positive results of student feedback

Meeting Higher Education Act Requirements

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) requires all colleges participating in Federal Student Aid to disclose certain data about the college to current and future students.

Excelsior's HEOA requirement responses are available from our Consumer Information page.

State Authorization

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

NC-SARA Approved Institution LogoExcelsior College has been approved by the New York State Education Department to participate in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) welcomed Excelsior College to officially join the initiative effective January 5, 2017.

SARA is a voluntary agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes national standards for interstate offering of distance education courses and programs. This Agreement is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. For additional information regarding SARA, please visit NC-SARA.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement Student Complaint Process

Students, or prospective students, must first attempt to resolve a complaint within the College by following the process detailed in the Student Complaint Policy, which can be found in the Student Handbook and on the College's website. Pursuant to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Policy and Operations Manual Version 16.3, Section 4.5(c), "If a person bringing a complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of the institutional process for handling complaints, the complaint (except for complaints about grades or student conduct violations) may be appealed, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the SARA portal entity in the home state of the institution against which the complaint has been lodged. That entity shall notify the SARA portal entity for the state in which the student is located of receipt of that appealed complaint." Typically, the state portal entity is that state's education department or agency. See the process in chart form.

In the unlikely event that students believe their complaint is not resolved by the methods outlined in the College's publications, they may appeal to the following SARA/Non-SARA portal agencies:

Complaint Process for Students Residing in New York

New York State Portal Agency Contact:
Owen Donovan
Supervisor, Higher Education Programs
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
518-474-1551
IHEauthorize@nysed.gov

Complaint Process for Out-of-State Students Residing in SARA States

Out-of-state students residing in SARA states may appeal to the portal agency of the state in which the institution is legally chartered. To view a list of SARA member states, please visit the NC-SARA States and Institutions web page.

New York State Portal Agency Contact:
Owen Donovan
Supervisor, Higher Education Programs
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234
518-474-1551
IHEauthorize@nysed.gov

Complaint Process for Out-of-State Students residing in Non-SARA States or Territories

Out-of-state students residing in non-SARA states or territories may file a complaint with an agency in the student's state or territory of residence.

Non-SARA States:

California
California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
W. Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Telephone: 916-431-6959
Email: bppe@dca.ca.gov
Complaint Form

Florida
Florida Commission for Independent Education
325 W. Gaines Street
Suite 1414
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
Telephone: 850-245-0505
Email: cieinfo@fldoe.org
Complaint Form

Massachusetts
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place
Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
Telephone: 617-994-6950
Complaint Form

Non-SARA Territories:

American Samoa
American Samoa Department of Education
Utulei, Pago Pago
American Samoa 96799
Telephone: 684-633-5237
Website

Guam
Guam Department of Education
312 Aspinall Avenue
Hagatna, Guam 96910
Telephone: 671-475-0462
Website

Northern Marianas Islands
State Department of Education
CNMI Public School System
PO Box 501370
Saipan, MP 96950
Telephone: 670-237-3027
Website

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education
PO Box 1900
San Juan, PR 00910-1900
Telephone: 787-641-7100
Website

U.S. Virgin Islands
Government of the United States Virgin Islands
Department of Education
Office of the Commissioner
1834 Kongens Gade
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Telephone: 340-774-0100
Website

Additional information relating to SARA's complaint resolution policies and procedures can be found in the SARA Policy and Operations Manual

If you have any questions or encounter any problems contacting the appropriate agency, please call the College's Regulatory Compliance Specialist at 518-608-8162 for assistance.

External Reviews for Associate Degree in Nursing

Clinical Education in Prelicensure Associate Degree in Nursing Programs (D. Huber)

As Well Prepared, and Often Better: Surveying the Work Performance of Excelsior College Associate Degree in Nursing Graduates (SRI International)

ProEvaluators Final Report (ProEvaluators)

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