Nicholls State University is focused on student achievement as its primary mission as expressed through the Nicholls State University Strategic Plan 2017-2022.  “Nicholls State University delivers accredited degree programs and comprehensive learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions within a spirited campus environment immersed in Bayou Region culture.

To gauge the attainment of the strategic mission, the university monitors measurable objectives that are directly related to the university’s mission.

Student Achievement Measure (SAM)

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) is a transparency initiative where higher education institutions track students across institutions to create a more complete picture of undergraduate student progress and completion within the higher education system. Nicholls is an inaugural member of SAM.  Data available on First-Time Full-Time Students and Full-Time Transfer Students.

SAM – Student Achievement Measure Publication


Student Achievement Visuals


Passage Rates on Licensure Exams

 Year  2016-2017  2017-2018  2018-2019  2019-2020
Number of students who took exams 65 65 90
Number of students who met standards for passage 65 65 90
Rate 100% 100% 100%
Target 100% 100% 100% 100%
Threshold 100% 100% 100% 100%
Term of Data  CY 2017 CY 2018 CY 2019 CY 2020
Number of students who took exams 107 101 115
Number of students who met standards for passage 99 92 106
Calculated Passage Rate 92.52% 91.09% 92.17%
Threshold (National Average) 87.12% 88.30% 88.18%
Target 100% 100% 100%  100%

Source: Louisiana State Board of Nursing Annual Reports (

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