Student Achievement

Student Achievement

Austin Graduate School of Theology uses a broad range of criteria to evaluate student achievement and success within the context of its mission of equipping Christians for service in the Kingdom of God. Some of the primary criteria used in evaluation include ongoing faculty evaluation of programs, exit exams, graduation and retention rates and course completion rates. Austin Graduate School of Theology considers these measures reasonable and appropriate, considering that its programs attract a high number of non-traditional students.

Austin Graduate School of Theology (AGST) currently offers two degree programs. The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (BACS) degree and the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) degree. The BACS is offered as a degree completion program with the school offering upper-division courses toward the major. General education coursework is completed by transferring credits from prior studies or while taking credits at another college concurrent with studies at AGST.

Graduation and retention rates and course completion rates are published and updated annually. Rates are calculated utilizing a three-year rolling average. This method provides more consistent data for assessment purposes and assists in determining whether variances are statistically significant.

Austin Graduate School of Theology’s goals for student success in these two areas are as follows:
•   At least 50% of students entering either the BA or MATS programs will graduate.
•   At least 80% of students entering courses in either program will successfully complete courses (Success being defined as credit earned toward their degree with a grade of A, B, C, or D).

Graduation and Retention Rates

The following are Graduation and Retention Rates from 2004-2014.

BACS Program MATS Program
3 Year
Period
Ending:
Graduation
Rate
3 Year
Period
Ending:
Graduation
Rate
2004-05 74% 2004-05 62%
2005-06 56% 2005-06 60%
2006-07 55% 2006-07 50%
2007-08 52% 2007-08 52%
2008-09 63% 2008-09 50%
2009-10 58% 2009-10 50%
2010-11 65% 2010-11 54%
2011-12 65% 2011-12 63%
2012-13 68% 2012-13 74%
2013-14 66% 2013-14 79%

 

Course Completion Rates

The following are Course Completion Rates from 2003 – 2014. A course is considered ‘completed’ if the student receives a grade of A, B, C, or D. Courses taken with grades of F or W are not considered completed.

BACS Program MATS Program
3 Year
Period
Ending:
Completion
Rate
3 Year
Period
Ending:
Completion
Rate
2003-04 92% 2003-04 95%
2004-05 94% 2004-05 97%
2005-06 97% 2005-06 98%
2006-07 91% 2006-07 89%
2007-08 85% 2007-08 85%
2008-09 84% 2008-09 81%
2009-10 86% 2009-10 87%
2010-11 91% 2010-11 92%
2011-12 93% 2011-12 96%
2012-13 91% 2012-13 93%
2013-14 91% 2013-14 91%