The Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness oversees Southwestern’s comprehensive assessment program. The work of assessment includes evaluation at three key levels: institution-wide, degree program, and departmental.

Each degree program and department establishes a mission, goals, objectives and outcomes, and target achievements on an annual basis. Findings are evaluated at the end of each academic year and then action plans are developed for the subsequent year for areas of needed improvement. Southwestern also assesses its performance on an institution-wide level through the strategic planning process conducted by the president’s cabinet.

This comprehensive assessment structure was established in 2008 and is an annual element of institutional operation.

The following student achievement data is provided on this site:

1. Retention from Fall to Spring for the most recent academic year.

     a. Disaggregated by degree type and ethnicity.

     b. Disaggregated by degree type and gender.

     c. In all cases, the institution’s target retention rate is 85% or higher.

     d. *Please note, cohorts with 10 or less members can have high variance.

2. Graduation rates at 200% time for the most recent academic year.

     a. Disaggregated by degree type and ethnicity.

     b. Disaggregated by degree type and gender.

     c. In all cases, the institution’s target retention rate is 50% or higher.

     d. *Please note, cohorts with 10 or less members can have high variance.

Retention Disaggregated by Degree Type and Ethnicity

Certificates

Ethnicity Retention %
Nonresident alien 74%
Hispanic/Latino 33%*
Asian 61%
Black or African American 43%*
White 48%
Race and ethnicity unknown 33%*
Overall 59%

Bachelor’s

Ethnicity Retention %
Nonresident alien 77%
Hispanic/Latino 80%
American Indian or Alaska Native 100%*
Asian 90%
Black or African American 63%*
White 82%
Two or More Races 80%*
Race and ethnicity unknown 94%
Overall 86% 

Master of Divinity

Ethnicity Retention %
Nonresident alien 76%
Hispanic/Latino 77%
American Indian or Alaska Native 67%*
Asian 73%
Black or African American 68%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 100%*
White 75%
Two or More Races 85%
Race and ethnicity unknown 50%*
Overall 75% 

Other Master’s

Ethnicity Retention %
Nonresident alien 77%
Hispanic/Latino 78%
American Indian or Alaska Native 80%*
Asian 89%
Black or African American 62%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 100%*
White 68%
Two or More Races 86%
Race and ethnicity unknown 80%
Overall 74% 

Professional Doctoral

Ethnicity Retention %
Nonresident alien 77%
Hispanic/Latino 100%*
American Indian or Alaska Native 100%*
Asian 74%
Black or African American 83%*
White 84%
Two or More Races 75%*
Race and ethnicity unknown 100%*
Overall 79% 

Research Doctoral

Ethnicity Retention %
Nonresident alien 87%
Hispanic/Latino 89%
American Indian or Alaska Native 100%*
Asian 73%
Black or African American 100%*
White 84%
Two or More Races 100%
Race and ethnicity unknown 86%*
Overall 86% 

Retention Disaggregated by Degree Type and Gender

Certificates

Gender Retention %
Female 54%
Male 87%
Overall 59%

Bachelor’s

Gender Retention %
Female 85%
Male 86%
Overall 86%

Master of Divinity

Gender Retention %
Female 75%
Male 75%
Overall 75%

Other Master’s

Gender Retention %
Female 75%
Male 74%
Overall 74%

Professional Doctoral

Gender Retention %
Female 81%
Male 79%
Overall 79%

Research Doctoral

Gender Retention %
Female 89%
Male 85%
Overall 86%

Graduation Rates Disaggregated by Degree Type and Ethnicity (Cohort year noted in parentheses)

Certificates (Fall 2017)

Ethnicity Graduation %
Nonresident alien 100%*
Hispanic/Latino 0%*
Asian 0%*
Black or African American 100%*
White 13%
Overall 17%

Bachelor’s (Fall 2011)

Ethnicity Graduation %
Nonresident alien 33%*
Hispanic/Latino 0%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%*
Asian 22%*
Black or African American 0%*
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%*
White 30%
Race and ethnicity unknown 93%
Overall 40%

Master of Divinity (Fall 2013)

Ethnicity Graduation %
Nonresident alien 70%
Hispanic/Latino 50%
American Indian or Alaska Native 25%*
Asian 55%
Black or African American 29%*
White 43%
Two or More Races 100%*
Race and ethnicity unknown 0%*
Overall 45%

Other Master’s (Fall 2015)

Ethnicity Graduation %
Nonresident alien 50%
Hispanic/Latino 39%
Asian 14%*
Black or African American 40%*
White 29%
Two or More Races 50%*
Race and ethnicity unknown 100%*
Overall 33%

Professional Doctoral (Fall 2013)

Ethnicity Graduation %
Nonresident alien 3%
Asian 13%*
White 33%*
Two or More Races 100%*
Overall 10%

Research Doctoral (Fall 2011)

Ethnicity Graduation %
Nonresident alien 67%*
Asian 100%*
White 85%
Two or More Races 0%*
Race and ethnicity unknown 100%*
Overall 77%

Graduation Rates Disaggregated by Degree Type and Gender (Cohort year noted in parentheses)

Certificates (Fall 2017)

Gender Graduation %
Female 15%
Male 33%
Overall 17%

Bachelor’s (Fall 2011)

Gender Graduation %
Female 26%
Male 44%
Overall 40%

Master of Divinity (Fall 2013)

Gender Graduation %
Female 35%
Male 46%
Overall 45%

Other Master’s (Fall 2015)

Gender Graduation %
Female 21%
Male 39%
Overall 33%

Professional Doctoral (Fall 2013)

Gender Graduation %
Female 50%*
Male 9%
Overall 10%

Research Doctoral (Fall 2011)

Gender Graduation %
Female 80%*
Male 76%
Overall 77%