The effectiveness of the University and School systems for admission, student support, and academic progress is supported by the data in Table 1 on student completion rates across programs.
Table 1: Completion Rates in Degree Program (AY 2015)
|Degree Programs||Total Number of Students||Number of Withdrawals||Completion Rate|
The completion rates of the BCM, MBA, and PhD programs are higher than for the MBA and MCM, which suggests an area for improvement. Generally, all four degree program show high levels of completion rates for students, and students who completed the programs successfully are considered to have obtained learning in line with the Mission values. This demonstrates that our admission policies have been effective in attracting students who can meet our expectations.
Student Retention and Intervention Policy
The overall high completion rate has been achieved by the efforts made by the Curriculum Management Committees (CMCs). For individual degree programs, the CMC identifies students who are struggling with retention and progress at regular intervals during the year, and gives them advice and support.
Academic Progress Management
Students who are likely to achieve a low grade point are warned with a letter to inform them of their current achievement. This intervention is conducted only in the BCM program, because undergraduate students are generally younger than graduates and tend to lack self-discipline.
The School has three check points to judge whether a student needs such management: (1) a student who is at risk of failing to achieve the minimum credits to advance to the next year, (2) a student who is at risk of failing to graduate due to insufficient credits, (3) a student who is at risk of failing to graduate due to being short of the minimum GPA (1.8). The School requires students to obtain a minimum number of credits to advance to the next year and to graduate. In addition, as noted above, undergraduate students must obtain more than a 1.8 grade point average for all completed classes to be eligible to graduate. A student who fails to complete a degree program within eight years after entrance is automatically excluded from academic life in the institution.
The CMC once a year identifies potential students who are at risk of failing to satisfy one of the three criteria, and sends a warning to the students and their parents. CMC members sometimes talk directly with the students and give them advice on overcoming problems with which they are struggling. Table 2 shows the low retention rates of undergraduate students, which suggests the effectiveness of CMC intervention.
Table 2: Retention Rate in the BCM (AY 2015)
|Stage: 2nd Year to 3rd Year||Stage: Graduation|
|No. of 2nd Year Students||Held Back||Retention Rate||No. of Students Enrolled
Past 4th Year*
|Held Back||Retention Rate|
|Failed to achieve
the minimum criteria
* Includes students from 4th to 8th year.
**Includes students who went abroad as an exchange student, requested a leave of absence, or elected to remain in university to find better employment. They were not held back because of academic problems.
Career Development Support and its Effectiveness
To promote career development, the University established the Career Development Center. It provides career development classes, job fairs and other related events on a regular basis. The provided classes are shown in Table 3.
Table 3: Career Development Classes
|Career Basics||Provides students with a fundamental framework and perspective for deciding on a lifelong career.|
|Meet Business Persons||Offers career development theory in industry and companies, interactive small seminars classified by industry, and various lectures offered by diverse external practitioners, enabling students to come in touch with the actual situation of society and to plan their own practical career.|
|Practical Skills||Seeks to enhance students’ skills that pass muster in society through studies in workshop and entrepreneurship education.|
School Performance and Student Achievement
The results of the above career development support have been favorable so far. Some Japanese business magazines evaluated our university as Number One in this regard. According to the Japanese University Ranking by Weekly Asahi MOOK, the percentage of students who have a mind to contribute to society is 54.0 percent, which was highest among all universities. Currently, our university successfully develops students in line with the Mission.
Figure 1 shows employment outcomes for BCM graduates. Twenty-eight percent found employment in the financial sector, such as with banking and insurance companies. Since we regard the financial sector as the pinnacle of industry, this result shows that our career development support effectively works in line with the Mission.
Table 4 shows the number of graduates that passed the Japanese CPA exam from 2010 to 2014. The School’s graduates mostly ranked in the top 10 in terms of pass rate.
Table 4: Number of CPA Exam Pass (2010-2014)
|Year||Number of CPA Candidates (Hitotsubashi University)|