Student Achievement

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.” To evaluate its success in achieving its mission, the college has established several criteria for evaluation with respect to student achievement. For each of these the college has established achievement goals, as well as thresholds of acceptability which identify when the college is at a point requiring intervention to maintain appropriate student achievement. The achievement goals, thresholds of acceptability, and actual outcomes for each of the criteria relating to student achievement are published below.


Course Completion

Course completion rates are leading indicators of students’ likelihood to graduate. The college calculates course completion by dividing the number of credits earned by the number of credits attempted for a given year.

Achievement Goal: By 2021, 95% of students will successfully complete their courses.

Threshold of Acceptability: 85%

Outcomes:

Indicator 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 Change
Course Completion 90% 89% 91% 91% 91% =

Retention

Retention rates are leading indicators of students’ likelihood to graduate. The college defines its retention rate as the percentage of first-time bachelors (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduates 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.)

Achievement Goal: 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.

Threshold of Acceptability: 63% for first-time, full-time and 40% for first-time, part-time.

Outcomes:

Indicator 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 Change
First-time, Full-Time Freshman Retention Rate 67% 71% 92% 73% 63%
First-Time, Part-Time Freshman Retention Rate 100% 40% 100% 0% 60%

Graduation

Graduation rates reflect the success of students in completing their degree programs. The college defines its graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students within an adjusted fall cohort who complete a degree program within 150% of normal time.

Achievement Goal: By 2021, 45% of first-time students will graduate.

Threshold of Acceptability: 26%

Outcomes:

Indicator 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 Change
Graduation Rate 32% 30% 22% 18% 15%

Career Outcomes

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.

Achievement Goals: By 2021, the career outcomes rate for graduates will be 90%.

Threshold of Acceptability: 80%

Outcomes:

Category 2017-2018 2018-2019

# of Graduates 48 40
Knowledge Rate 39 (81%) 35 (88%)
Employed 35 25
Continuing Education 4 6
Voluntary Service 0 0
U.S. Armed Forces 0 0
Seeking Employment 0 3
Seeking Continuing Education 0 1
Career Outcomes Rate 100% 89%

Licensing Exams

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. 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 Early Childhood-6 exam.

Achievement Goals:

  • National Counselor Exam: 100%
  • TEA Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Exam: 95%
  • Core Subjects Early Childhood-6 Exam: 85%

Thresholds of Acceptability:

  • National Counselor Exam: 90%
  • TEA Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities Exam: 90%
  • Core Subjects Early Childhood-6 Exam: 80%

Outcomes:

National Counselor Exam
2015-16 2017-18 2018-19
Attempted Passed % Passed Attempted Passed % Passed Attempted Passed % Passed
1 1 100% 4 4 100% 4 4 100%

 

TEA Pedagogy & Professional Responsibilities Exam
2018-19
Attempted Passed % Passed
1 1 100%

 

Core Subjects Early Childhood-6 Exam
Subject 2018-19
Attempted Passed % Passed
     English 1 1 100%
     Mathematics 1 1 100%
     Science 1 1 100%
     Social Science 1 1 100%
     Fine Arts 1 1 100%