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Selma University Students' Learning Outcomes and Achievements

Student Performance
     Selma University received initial Accreditation in February of 2009. The school began to attract students into her programs at a more rapid pace after receiving accreditation. Since 2009, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration has been a program that has attracted older adult students. There is a 70%
graduation rate out of the program, 10% of the students never finish the program and 20% of the students transfer into other programs.

     In the Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Physical Education, which has a concentration in Biology and Physical Education, 15% of our graduates come fromthis program. The program of Physical Education graduates 11% and Biology graduates 6%. The degree in Physical Education attracts many of the athletes.  Selma University is known for training ministers to be pastors. This has always been the school's most successful program for attracting students and graduating students. The students who enter the program of Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Pastoral Ministry, as full time students on campus graduate at an 80% rate. The students who go part time at the Extensions graduate with a bachelor degree at a 20% rate. The Extensions students' will complete all of the Religious and
Theology course requirements, but will not stay in school and complete the Liberal Arts course requirements. 75% of all our ministerial students pastor churches; whether they earn their degree or not. Many of our graduates serve as Assistants to other pastors.

     The Master of Arts degree in Bible and Pastoral Ministry that began in the Fall of 2000 has experienced great success. Since its conception a total of 73 students have graduated from the Program at a rate of 95%. The school only has a 5% dropout rate. 9.6% of the graduates have entered the Doctor of Ministry Program.
One student has completed her work. There are two more students that have almost completed their work.

Honors
     Selma University had nine full time students to make the President's list during the Fall semester of 2013. These students had a Grade Point Average of 4.00.  The school had fifteen part time students to make the President's list during the Fall semester of 2013.

     Selma University had sixty-three full time students to make the Dean's list during the Fall semester of 2013. The school had eighteen part time students to make the Dean's list during the Fall semester of 2013. These students had a Grade Point Average between 3.00 and 4.00.

 

Graduation Rate of Students Who Entered Selma University Four Years Ago in the Fall of 2010 as a Freshman

      Selma University's student rate like all other colleges and universities rate of graduating students in four years is low. The rate for most students is five years. In the Fall of 2010, there were 129 freshman that enrolled at Selma University. In the Spring of 2014, only one student graduated. There are three students scheduled to graduate in December of 2014. The others should graduate in May of 2015. There is about 1/3 of the entering freshman who have either left school or transferred to the other schools.

Employment
     Many of the students who come to Selma University are already working and after graduation, they continue in the same job. However, using the graduates from 2010-2014, I will report on their success in employment. Students who acquired the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Master of Arts degree in · Bible and Pastoral Ministry
have a high rate of employment as pastor of churches. In the class of 2010, six of the eight graduates were already pastoring when they enrolled in school. They continued as pastors after graduation. In the class of 2010, two of six graduates, were hired in the area of Christian Education. Two of them were already pastors and
continued as pastor after their graduation. In the class of 2014, seven of the nine graduates, are pastors of churches. One of the two remaining graduates began the program as a pastor and is now working as a teacher.

     Many of the graduates with the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Pastoral Ministry are pastors as well. Some came to the school as pastors and some started pastoring after getting into school.

     At least 70% of the students in other programs enter school as working students and continue working on their job after they graduate. Some of them because of their degree move on to better jobs.

     At least 80% of the students who have graduated from our school are employed. 65% of the graduates in Business are working in their profession.

     Many of the students that graduated in other programs are employed, even though it might not be in the area that they received their degree.

Institutional Effectiveness
     Selma University went through an evaluation by a Team from the Association of Biblical Higher Education on October 15-17, 2013. The school's three documents: COMPLIANCE, ASSESSMENT and PLANNING were examined by the Team. All of the manuals and documents were examined by the Team. The teachers' credentials
were evaluated by the Team. At the end of that three day period, the Team made the recommendation that Selma University would be affirmed as an accredited school for the next ten years. At the February 2014 meeting, the Commission reaffirmed the school's accreditation to February 2024.

     Since that time, the school has continued to evaluate herself and to strengthen her work areas. The school has also developed a program called "Coaching for Academic & Programmatic Success (CAPS). This program will be used to help the students in counseling, retention, occupational preparation, graduation and advancement. The program will help our students to improve academically and help the school to retain more of her students.

     Selma University will continue to use quantitative and qualitative measures to evaluate herself. The Academic Dean is in charge of this process.


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