GRADUATION RATE INFORMATION

SOUTH TEXAS SCHOOL OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES

SCS strives to function entirely by means of fulfilling our mission. The South Texas School of Christian studies exists to equip educationally underserved followers of Christ for service in the church and community. We define the educationally underserved as those students who typically have not had the will or the way to pursue theological education due to their age, gender, ethnicity, finances, and bureaucratic hurdles that marginalize these particular students.

 

Due to our mission to equip the educationally underserved, we have few traditional first-time freshman, and no full-time students at this time. SCS students take an average of 4.7 credit hours per semester. This average includes our Certificate in Ministry and Diploma in Ministry students. While the Diploma in Ministry student’s average number of hours taken per semester is higher at 6.3 hours, their demographic breakdown, specifically with regard to age, is skewed further with only 20% who are 24 and under, whereas 60% are 40 and over. SCS students are mature adults seeking to expand their biblical knowledge while serving their local church.

The part-time nature of the SCS student means that traditional measures of graduation rates that measure the rate at which full-time students complete a program are not adequate. Traditionally, a graduation rate is the percentage of a school’s full-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. For example, for typical two-year degree program, entering freshmen who complete the program within three years are counted as graduates. As SCS has no full-time students, our part-time students complete their two-year program in four years. Therefore, to allow the same rate of consideration, our graduation rate is the percentage of our part-time students who complete the program within 300% of the published time for full-time students.

 Diploma in Ministry - Cumulative Graduation/Retention Rates

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After 1 Year

After 2 Years

After 3 Years

After 4 Years

After 5 Years

After 6 Years

Year

New Students

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

2013

3

0%

100%

0%

100%

33.3%

66.7%

66.7%

33.3%

66.7%

0%

66.7%

0%

2014

3

0%

100%

0%

66.7%

33.3%

33.3%

33.3%

33.3%

33.3%

0%

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2015

1

0%

100%

0%

100%

100%

0%

100%

0%

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2016

2

0%

100%

0%

100%

100%

0%

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2017

9

0%

67%

0%

67%

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2018

15

7%

87%

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Certificate in Ministry - Cumulative Graduation/Retention Rates

Cohort

After 1 Year

After 2 Years

After 3 Years

Year

New Students

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

2014

64

9.4%

50%

15.6%

28.1%

42.2%

3.1%

2015

133

3.0%

33.1%

9.8%

15.8%

9.8%

5.3%

2016

68

11.7%

58.5%

13.8%

22.3%

26%

10%

2017

95

6.6%

62.6%

14.7%

56.8%

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2018

93

6.4%

91.3%

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 Bachelor of Arts in Ministry - Cumulative Graduation/Retention Rates

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After 1 Year

After 2 Years

After 3 Years

After 4 Years

After 5 Years

After 6 Years

Year

New Students

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

Graduated

Retained

2018

30

20%

80%

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