Students are able to learn effectively because of the strength of Ferris' academic programs. In addition to Learning Outcomes assessment, programs make use of a number of indirect measures to evaluate the health of the program. Those measures include but are not limited to the retention rate; the graduation rate; credit hour production; job placement rate; the career success of graduates; graduate performance on certification, registry, and licensure examinations; and program productivity. Most of these are available through Institutional Research and Testing, collected as part of the Ferris FACT Book, and are included as a part of Academic Program Review. When these measures indicate a possible need for change in a program, they are the basis for a recommendation for action.