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Schreiner Diversity

At Schreiner University, we strive to create a learning community that that is welcoming and supportive of diverse people and perspectives. The Standing Diversity Committee aims to prepare students for successful work and life experiences in a global community after graduation.

Schreiner University is proud to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), which is defined as an institution of higher education that currently has an enrollment of at least 25 percent Hispanic undergraduate students.

We are the recipient of  Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program grant, a prestigious federal grant awarded to HSIs to enhance academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability. These funds can be used for scientific and laboratory teaching equipment; construction or renovation of instructional facilities; purchasing educational materials; academic tutoring or counseling programs; endowment funds; distance learning academic instruction; faculty development; and student support services.

In 2016, we earned a Title III Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics and Articulation Programs grant .  Funds may be used for improving academic quality of STEM programs through curriculum revision and development, or faculty development; developing research opportunities for students in STEM fields; providing or improving student services including counseling, tutoring, mentoring or establishing learning communities; encouraging secondary students to pursue STEM degrees and careers through outreach activities; or improving STEM facilities and equipment needed for science instruction and computer laboratories.

Schreiner University is also honored to be a Yellow Ribbon school, where we endeavor to help our service women and men complete degrees to find successful careers quickly and easily.

 

Student Achievement

Schreiner University identifies and evaluates the success of students (i.e. student achievement) using a broad range of criteria, consistent with the mission of the institution and guided by the Office of Student Success. These identified measures are evaluated on an ongoing basis and published regularly on the institution's external website, promoting a transparent profile of the institution to all of its students, parents of students, faculty, staff, and board of trustees. 

Inherently, student success remains at the core of the mission of Schreiner University; however, the way in which student success and student achievement are defined is not limited to one source or value, nor is it limited to a specific group of students (e.g. only the incoming Freshman cohort).

Our student achievement measures may have two goals (one reflecting a goal from the previous Strategic Plan 2017 and others from the new Strategic Plan 2023), given the current transition from the previous to the current strategic plan at Schreiner University. Regardless, these student achievement measures include all types of students (on-campus, online, dual credit, off-site instructional locations, etc.) and use multiple standards and/or targets to document success.

An Overview of the Mission and Student Profile

Student success measures at Schreiner University are connected to the mission and goals of the institution. These institutional goals are defined through a collection of statements from the most recently adopted and approved Strategic Plan 2023. Noted below, the collection of statements articulates the institution's distinctiveness, purpose, and values which drive student achievement measures.

Who We Are

At Schreiner University, students enter with hope and leave with achievement. We are a diverse, fiercely independent university. We are affiliated by choice and covenant with the Presbyterian Church (USA) with a main campus in the Texas Hill Country and first year campuses throughout the state.

What We Do

Schreiner University is a place of opportunity. We offer undergraduate and graduate students a personalized, integrated, and holistic educational experience that prepares them for meaningful work and purposeful lives in a changing global society. Students study in-depth in a specific area of interest while acquiring broad skills and habits of mind to navigate a complex, diverse, and unscripted future.

Why We Do It

  • All students are valuable and unique;
  • Every student should grow intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially;
  • We value diversity of people and thought in a setting of open, civil discourse;
  • Life-long learning and service to society are critical in a global world; and
  • Higher education must develop thoughtful, productive, and ethical citizens.

Where We're Going

By 2023, Schreiner University will be a university of 2,250 students, educating men and women for service and leadership in the Hill Country, Texas, the nation, and world. We will recruit enthusiastic and diverse men and women and forge in them the intellectual, emotional, and personal resilience that has made Schreiner Institute, College, and University the uniquely Texan educational institution it has been, is, and will be.

Source: Collection of Statements - Mission of Schreiner University. Strategic Plan 2023. (2018)

Profile of Students Measured for Student Achievement/Success

Primarily, Schreiner University serves undergraduate students. According to the Office of Institutional Research, 95% of the Schreiner University student population is undergraduate with remaining students pursuing graduate studies or course credit leading toward a post-baccalaureate certificate. Schreiner University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) with an enrollment of about 38% Hispanic undergraduate students. About 58% of students at Schreiner University are residential. Of the 1,312 students enrolled at Schreiner University from Fall 2017, the following two charts illustrate the dispersion of student groups and the student profile. The change of each student group from the previous fall term is also included below, demonstrating one of many ways in which Schreiner University consistently monitors movement of students and serving as an early alert indicator for student success.

Overall Students by IPEDS Categories

Source: Overall Undergraduate Student by IPEDS Categories. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. (2017)

Overall Student Enrollment Source: Census Day Enrollment by Student Groups. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. (2017).

These populations also include various sub-types. For example, incoming freshmen include main campus off-site instructional locations (First Year Campuses). Non-degree students include co-enrolled students (students taking classes on Schreiner University campus while still enrolled in high school), dual credit students, Greystone students (credit seeking students) and auditors. Transfer students include both traditional on campus students dedicated to a variety of degree offerings as well as online students dedicated to earning their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. Degree-seeking undergraduate students work to complete a bachelor’s degree in one of our 32 different academic programs or complete a degree created for several pre-professional programs such as:

  • pre-medicine,
  • pre-physical therapy,
  • pre-dentistry,
  • pre-law,
  • pre-occupational therapy,
  • pre-optometry,
  • pre-pharmacy,
  • pre-seminary, and
  • pre-veterinary science.

Schreiner University also awards two graduate degrees in business administration and education. Lastly, Schreiner University awards certifications for teacher education, vocational nursing, and provides the necessary coursework to complete a principal certification.

Establishing Goals, Evaluating and Publishing Outcomes for Student Achievement

The Office of Student Success leads the initiatives to identify goals and outcomes for student achievement. Student success and achievement goals are consistent with the mission of the institution, appropriate for the students Schreiner University serves, and comprehensive of all student populations. Currently, Schreiner University primarily identifies goals, evaluates, and publishes measures of student achievement for all of its students by

  • the number of students who are retained and persist
  • the resulting overall enrollment,
  • the number of students who graduate,
  • the number of students who become licensed,
  • the number of students who find employment in their field of study,
  • the number of students who enter graduate or professional school.

Schreiner University uses various benchmarks, including national and state comparative data, to determine appropriate and clearly defined student achievement goals. The following tables at the beginning of each student achievement section summarize each one with a goal, a benchmark or source for setting the goal, and an indication of where these are published. Details regarding the specific goals, evaluations, and sources are reviewed by the Office of Student Success and are detailed below for each student achievement measure.

In addition, the publication of these goals and outcomes (either on the external website, internal website, or printed material) are also included. Schreiner University uses a variety of platforms to communicate and publish our goals and outcomes for student achievement. These include Schreiner University's strategic plan (both 2017 and 2023), the Schreiner University website, Schreiner University on social media (illustrated below), the Office of Student Success, and lastly various marketing projects that highlight student success stories. Detailed information on retention and persistence rates, financial aid, and types of students can all be also found in the Common Data Sets published on our public website in the "Student Success" section.

Student Achievement of Alumni Source: Highlighting Student Achievement of Alumni. Marketing Department. (2018)

Retention Rates

Retention Rates- Goals, Outcomes, Sources, Publications

Establishing
Institution Goal

Evaluating
Institution Goal

Benchmark/Source Data

Publication

For Strategic Plan 2017

74%

For Strategic Plan 2017

71%

Center for Student Retention Data Exchange

(CSRDE) Report 2013

 

Strategic Plan 2017

Enter with Hope Publication

Retention Rate

 

Common Data Set

 

Student Achievement webpage

For Strategic Plan 2023

81%

For Strategic Plan 2023

 Fall 2023 Census

Center for Student Retention Data Exchange

(CSRDE) Report 2018

 

Strategic Plan 2023 Assessment Plan

   

 

While the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis is responsible for reporting Schreiner University's official retention rates to the US Department of Education, the Office of Student Success monitors longitudinal trends and evaluates the outcomes of these values against benchmark data from the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE). CSRDE is an association of institutions with the common goal of achieving the highest possible levels of student success through collaboratively sharing data, knowledge, and innovation. In doing so, Schreiner University provides student retention data to the association in return for benchmark comparisons. 

In the Strategic Plan 2012-2017, a goal to retain and recruit a robust population of 1200 is achieved by a number of objectives. Two specific objectives articulate a student achievement measure of reaching a 6-year graduation rate of 46% and a 74% first year retention rate. The initial goal of 74% retention was set using CSRDE data from 2013 and comparing Schreiner University to moderately selective private institutions. Each year, however, the benchmark values change depending on how many institutions submit data for comparison purposes. Rather than competing with a moving target, Schreiner University identified the retention rate and did not change the value throughout the strategic plan; however, each year, the Office of Student Success monitors how the values changes against comparable institutions.

Currently, the retention value for Schreiner University’s 2015-16 Cohort is 71%. Below is view of the retention rate from the published Enter with Hope online document produced by the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.

First Year Retention Rate by Cohort

Source: Official Schreiner University Retention Rate. Enter with Hope Publication. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis (2017).

For Strategic Plan 2023, the committee evaluated the CSRDE data and determined that in order to be aggressive, Schreiner University should work toward increasing retention by 10% from the start of the strategic plan cycle. The new value of 81% is ten percentage points above our current value and is above comparable institutions from CSRDE. The new assessment plan (draft version), illustrated below, shows the anticipated progress for the retention rate for Schreiner University as it advances toward 2023. 

Assessment Plan - Draft May 2018

Source: Retention Rate Measurable Objective, Strategic Plan 2023. Office of the President. (2017).

Overall Enrollment

Overall Enrollment - Goals, Outcomes, Sources, Publications

Establishing
Institution Goal

Evaluating
Institution Goal

Benchmark/Source Data

Publication

For Strategic Plan 2017

1200 students

For Strategic Plan 2017

1312 students

IPEDS Feedback Report 2009

Strategic Plan 2017

 

Enter with Hope Publication

Overall Enrollment

 

For Strategic Plan 2023

2250 students

For Strategic Plan 2023

Final Assessment at Fall 2023 Census

IPEDS Feedback Report 2017

Strategic Plan 2023

Enter with Hope Publication

Fall 2017 Census Report

 

 

Schreiner University monitors the overall enrollment of the institution to inform the development of new student achievement goals and outcomes. The overall enrollment is a measure of student success as it is a result of improved retention and persistence. Since 2008, Schreiner University has grown 30% and reached the highest enrollment in institution history with a total of 1,312 students enrolled in the fall of 2017, illustrated below. Many things have contributed to this growth over the past years. In 2015, Schreiner University added the online RN to BSN program. In 2016, Schreiner University partnered with the local high school to create a dual credit program. Also in 2016, Schreiner University created the Schreiner Premier program, allowing for partners, alumni, and veterans to pursue their graduate degree for half the price of tuition. Most recently, in 2017, Schreiner University added three off-site instructional locations known as First Year Campuses in Brownsville, Texas, El Paso, Texas, and Mission, Texas. These locations allow for students in the area to take up to 30 credit hours for a discounted rate to better prepare them for their next 3 years at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas.

Growth

Schreiner University evaluates the overall enrollment of the institution against other private, non-profit institutions using the IPEDS Feedback Report. A comparison group, selected by IPEDS, provides a context for interpreting our statistics against 11 peer institutions, detailed below, and Figure 1 illustrates the unduplicated 12-month overall enrollment. 

  • Austin College (Sherman, TX)
  • Centenary College of Louisiana (Shreveport, LA)
  • Cornell College (Mount Vernon, IA)
  • Hastings College (Hastings, NE)
  • Howard Payne University (Brownwood, TX)
  • Huntingdon College (Montgomery, AL)
  • LaGrange College (Lagrange, GA)
  • Lenoir-Rhyne University (Hickory, NC)
  • Maryville College (Maryville, TN)
  • Texas Lutheran University (Seguin, TX)
  • Virginia Wesleyan University (Virginia Beach, VA)

Unduplicated 12-month headcount (Schreiner University versus Comparison Group) 2016-2017

Unduplicated 12-month headcount

The results from the data show Schreiner University at 1,416 during the 2016-2017 academic year, surpassing the custom comparison group value of 1,294. This goal was initially set during the preceding Strategic Plan 2012-2017 cycle where the institution would "recruit and retain a robust student population of 1,200." The initial goal was determined using the IPEDS feedback reports from 2009 when the strategic plan was being developed, illustrated below.

Unduplicated 12-month headcount (Schreiner University versus Comparison Group) 2008-2009

Unduplicated 12-month headcount (Schreiner University versus Comparison Group) 2008-2009

However, the newest adopted strategic plan goal extracted from the "Where We're Going" component of the mission of Schreiner University articulates the next overall enrollment goal. "By 2023, Schreiner University will be a university of 2,250 students, educating men and women for service and leadership in the Hill Country, Texas, the nation, and world." Various initiatives are in place to boost enrollment growth as Schreiner University advances to year 2023.

Graduation rates

Graduation Rates- Goals, Outcomes, Sources, Publications

Establishing
Institution Goal

Evaluating
Institution Goal

Benchmark/Source Data

Publication

For Strategic Plan 2017

46%

For Strategic Plan 2017

48%

Center for Student Retention Data Exchange

(CSRDE) Report 2013

 

Strategic Plan 2017

Enter with Hope Publication

Graduation Rate

 

Common Data Set

 

Student Achievement webpage

For Strategic Plan 2023

58%

For Strategic Plan 2023

Final Assessment at Fall 2023 Census

Center for Student Retention Data Exchange

(CSRDE) Report 2018

 

Strategic Plan 2023 Assessment Plan

   

 

Similar to the retention rates, the Office of Student Success leads the institutional initiatives designed to progress towards this benchmark. CSRDE is also used as the benchmark source for Schreiner University's graduation rates (both 4 and 6 year). While both the 4-year and 6-year graduation rates are monitored on an annual basis, the 6-year graduation rate is the identified official value for Schreiner University. The benchmark of 46% graduation rate was set using CSRDE data from 2013 and comparing Schreiner University to moderately selective private institutions. As part of the Strategic Plan 2012-2017, the goal to retain and recruit a robust population of 1200 was to be achieved by a number of objectives, one specifically that increased the graduation rate.

Given that the benchmark values change annually, Schreiner University identified the 6-year graduation rate and did not change the value throughout the strategic plan; however, each year, the Office of Student Success monitors how the values changed against comparable institutions.

Overall, graduation rates have increased over the past 10 years for both 4 year and 6 year time increments, as illustrated below. These published values also can be found within the Enter with Hope - Graduation Rate publication from the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, within the Common Data Set published on our public website.

Official Graduation Rate by Cohort

Source: Official Schreiner University Graduation Rate. Enter with Hope Publication.
Office of Institutional Research and Analysis (2017)

For Strategic Plan 2023, the committee evaluated the CSRDE data and, like the retention rates, determined that in order to be aggressive, Schreiner University should work toward increasing graduation rates by 10% from the start of the strategic plan cycle. The new value of 58% is ten percentage points above our current value of 48% and is above comparable institutions from CSRDE.

Graduation Rate Measurable Objective, Strategic Plan 2023

The new assessment plan (draft version), illustrated below, shows the anticipated progress for the retention rate for Schreiner University as it advances toward 2023.

State Licensing Examinations

Some academic programs at Schreiner University require the institution to meet or exceed educational outcomes set forth by the State of Texas legislature or the State of Texas regulation boards in order for students to receive licensing. In either case, Schreiner University must comport with minimum standards in order to provide educational programs within the areas of teacher education, bachelor of nursing education, and vocation nursing education. Students are expected to sit for the administration of the exams each year, formulating an institution score for evaluation purposes. It is either the Texas Education Agency or the Texas Board of Nursing that stipulates the benchmark or source data as well as goals necessary for these programs. The following table shows the various institution goals adopted by Schreiner University, consistent with state standards.

State Licensing- Goals, Outcomes, Sources, Publications

Establishing
Institution Goal

Evaluating
Institution Goal

Benchmark/Source Data

Publication

Teacher Education

80% Pass Rate

2016

97%

Teacher Education Pass Rates

Texas Education Agency

State Benchmark Rate

Education Department

Webpage

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

80% Pass Rate

2017

85.6%

NCLEX RN National Council Licensure Examination 

Texas Board of Nursing

BSN State Benchmark Rate 

Nursing Department

Webpage

 

Vocational Nursing

80% Pass Rate

2013

87%

NCLEX PN National Council Licensure Examination 

Texas Board of Nursing

Vocational Nursing State Benchmark Rate 

Vocational Nursing Department

Webpage

 

 

Teacher Education - The Schreiner University Education Program requires teacher candidates to take a practice test in their content area in preparation for their state TExES required certification exams. The state requires that each Educator Preparation Program maintain an 80% pass rate on exams. The pass rates for Schreiner University are illustrated below. The most current pass rate is 97% for the 2016-2017 reporting year. Results are maintained at Schreiner University within the Education Department. These results are published on the Education Department webpage, housed on Schreiner University's external website.

TExES Pass Rates

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program - The BSN program graduated its first class in 2013. The goal pass rate, set by the Texas Board of Nursing, is 80%. The statewide average pass rate for 2017 (the latest official pass rate available) is 89.77%. Due to changes in faculty and staff and low pass rates over the past years, Schreiner University closed applications for the nursing program during the 2017-2018 academic year. A new curriculum was designed and approved by the Texas Board of Nursing in July of 2018 and has been implemented since. In addition, the pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for the most recent cohort of students was 85.7%. The unofficial pass rate for continuing students who graduated in 2018 is 94%, and this will be confirmed and published by the Texas Board of Nursing after the official census date, September 30, 2018.

Longitudinal Pass Rates for BSN Program

Source: Longitudinal Pass Rates for BSN Program. Nursing Department. (2018)

Vocational Nursing (VN) Program - The Vocational Nursing program at Schreiner University has a long history of pass rates above 80%, illustrated below, for the exception of a low rate in 2015 and 2016. As a result, the VN program conducted a self-study and make changes to the program, which have now been implemented. The pass rate has returned to satisfactory levels. These pass rates are determined by the Texas Board of Nursing. Most recently, Schreiner University had a pass rate of 93.3% in 2017. Pass rates are published on the VN department webpage within Schreiner University's external website.

Longitudinal Pass Rates for VN Program

Source: Longitudinal Pass Rates for VN Program. Nursing Department. (2018)

Employment and Graduate/Professional School Placement

Employment and Graduate School - Goals, Outcomes, Sources, Publications

Establishing
Institution Goal

Evaluating
Institution Goal

Benchmark/Source Data

Publication

For Strategic Plan 2017

95% of Graduates

Employed or in

Grad School

 For Strategic Plan 2017

89% of Graduates

Employed or in

Grad School

No national benchmark

Strategic Plan 2017 Objectives

 Student Achievement Webpage

For Strategic Plan 2023

5% greater than annual

benchmark value

 For Strategic Plan 2023

Awaiting Class of 2023 Data

National Association for College Employers

Strategic Plan 2023 Assessment Plan

 

 

 

Employment data on Schreiner University students as well as graduate/professional school outcomes are tracked through the Office of Career Development and are primarily assessed by administering two surveys. A month prior to graduation, students are given the First Destination Survey which helps ensure that outcome data are provided by every alumnus and affords a preliminary outlook of student outcomes. The Alumni Post-Graduation Survey, is then administered up to nine months after graduation and included in the on-going compiled collection process. The National Association for College Employers (NACE) recommends as a best practice to begin surveying students before they leave campus, and continue to collect data using various methods through the December following the end of the class year.

Schreiner University established an objective within the Strategic Plan 2017 goal to maintain 95% of former Schreiner University students responding to the survey be employed or in graduate school. This objective stemmed from the institutional goal of "Achieving demonstrable learning growth and preparation for life with student from diverse circumstances." The results show that the most recent data from the graduating class of 2016 only 89% of those students who responded to the survey are either employed or in graduate/professional school. The details regarding this outcome is published on the external website of Schreiner University, under student achievements.

Graduate Outcomes Survey Results

Source: Graduate Outcomes Survey Results. Office of Career Development. (2017).

The goal for Strategic Plan 2023 is to meet or exceed the Career Outcomes Percentage, which represents the number of graduates who have landed in either any of the employment categories plus service and military plus continuing education divided by the number of students for whom an outcome is known. Schreiner University will be compared to other Southwest Region and Private, Not-for-Profit institutions, as determined by NACE annually.

The following illustrates the Schreiner University Class of 2016 data against national benchmarks. While these data were not submitted to NACE, it serves as an internal review comparing the Class of 2016 against the benchmark. The results show that Schreiner University's Career Outcomes Percentage of 78.3 is higher than the Southwest Region, however not as high when compared to the private, not-for profit schools nor the very small school size institutions.

Graduate Outcome Survey Results for Class of 2016 against NACE benchmark Source: Graduate Outcome Survey Results for Class of 2016 against NACE benchmark. Office of Career Development. (2017).

Common Data Set 

*Some values will be repetitive since we have students working full-time and enrolled in a graduate program at the same time. However, the statistical value has not been affected.
** Seeking employment is based on the surveys returned. It does not consider the students who did not responded to the survey.

2015 Common Data Set
Fall 2015-2016 [posted 11.11.15]

2014 Common Data Set
Fall 2014-2015 [posted 12.04.14]

2013 Common Data Set
Fall 2013-2014 [posted 12.02.13]

2012 Common Data Set
Fall 2012-2013 [posted 11.06.12]

2011 Common Data Set
Fall 2011-2012 [posted 11.15.11]

2010 Common Data Set
Fall 2010-2011 [posted 11.30.10]

2009 Common Data Set
Fall 2009-2010 [posted 11.19.09]

2008 Common Data Set
Fall 2008-2009 [posted 01.13.09]

2007 Common Data Set
Fall 2007-2008 [posted 10.25.07]

2006 Common Data Set
Fall 2006-2007 [posted 11.21.06]

2005 Common Data Set
Fall 2005-2006 [posted 11.10.05]

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