The first student achievement measure selected by the institution is enrollment.
In 2017, the institution set a goal of 250 first-time, full-time students as a threshold of acceptability value for this measure. This goal number was based on the need to stabilize progress indicators with numbers that are seasonable, given the national climate of declining enrollment at many traditional university systems similar to Fisk. An aspirational achievement target is 1000 students enrolled at Fisk by fall 2021.
|Minimum Threshold of Acceptability||Aspirational Achievement Target|
|Enroll 250 First-time, full-time students per year; 850 Fall enrolled||1000 students by
|Year||Fall 2017||Fall 2018||Fall 2019||Fall 2020||4 Year Average|
|First-time, full-time Student Target||250||250||250||250||250|
|First-time, full-time student actual||132||293||324||251||250|
Recent trends in enrollment show that from 2017- to 2020 the University has experienced a steady increase in its student population. There has been a steady increase from 701 students in Fall 2017 to 780 students in Fall 2018, followed by a leap in student numbers, with 874 students enrolled in Fall 2019. These overall increases were driven by steady retention rates averaging 80%, and Fall 2018, 2019, and 2020 above average with first-time, full-time student actual increases of +293, +324, and +251 new students added per year. The institution has kept tuition and fees flat for the past four years. The enrollment data in the table above were reported to the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) via the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey. The data were published in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey from the Fall of 2017 to the Fall of 2020.