The mission of Criswell College is to “provide ministerial and professional higher education for men and women preparing to serve as Christian leaders throughout society.” As a means of evaluating its success in achieving its mission, the college has established several means of evaluation with respect to student achievement.
Course completion rates are leading indicators of students’ likelihood to graduate. The college defines successful completion of a course as earning a grade of at least a “C,” or “Passing” if a course is graded as “pass/fail.” A grade of C represents a 2.0 on the college’s GPA scale, and 2.0 is the minimum cumulative GPA required in most programs for students to complete their majors and to remain in good academic standing.
Goal: The college will increase the percentage of students who successfully complete their courses.
Outcome: By 2021, 95% of students will successfully complete their courses.
Retention rates are leading indicators of students’ likelihood to graduate. The college defines its retention rate as the percentage of degree-seeking students from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall. (Please note that the college’s first-time cohorts – especially first-time, part-time cohorts – are very small, which means that small changes in numbers of returning students have significant impact on retention rates.)
Goal: The college will increase the percentage of students who return after their first year at the college.
Outcome: By 2021, 80% of first-time, full-time and 60% or first-time, part-time students will return after their first year at the college.
|First-time, Full-Time Freshman Retention Rate||80%||52%||81%||79%||67%||71%||92%||↑|
|First-Time, Part-Time Freshman Retention Rate||60%||50%||31%||0%||100%||40%||100%||↑|
Graduation rates reflect the success of students in completing their degree programs. The college defines its graduation rate as the percentage of students within an adjusted fall cohort who complete a degree program within 150% of normal time.
Goal: The college will increase the percentage of students who graduate.
Outcome: By 2021, 45% of first-time students will graduate.
Career outcomes rates measure the success of students after graduation. The college defines the outcomes rate as the percentage of graduates who fall into the following categories:
- Employed full time
- Employed part time
- Participating in a program of voluntary service
- Serving in the U.S. Armed Forces
- Enrolled in a program of continuing education
The college tracks the career outcomes rate according to standards and protocols established by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. (The college will conduct its first career outcomes survey in December 2018. Until then, data is not available.)
The college tracks licensing exam pass rates for two of its degree programs. For graduates of the Master of Arts in Counseling (licensure track), the college tracks pass rates for the National Counselor Exam and the Texas Jurisprudence Exam. For graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Education, the college tracks pass rates for the Texas Education Agency’s Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities exam and Core Subjects EC-6 exam. (Data will be available later this year.)