Bryan College evaluates student achievement consistent with its mission: “Educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.” Various criteria will include graduation, retention, job placement rates, general education testing, major field testing, and nationally-normed self-report studies. Data are analyzed as part of institutional Effectiveness and are reviewed by appropriate faculty, staff, and administration.
This page features the annual publication of Bryan College’s key student achievement goals. Bryan College also publishes two data-repository documents: The Institutional Factbook and the Student Outcomes Manual (linked below). While these documents contain many valuable data, the key data on major student achievement metrics (retention, graduation, placement, and major testing), along with minimal institutional thresholds and goals/targets for these metrics, is published exclusively on this Student Achievement webpage.
Bryan College’s most recent/complete 6-year graduation rate is 50.25% (2015-2016 cohorts).
Bryan College’s minimal institutional threshold for graduation is 42.4% (8% below the current rate).
Bryan College aspires to increase student achievement by raising this graduation rate; the current strategic goal for graduation is a sustained 5% increase (57.4%).
Bryan College’s most recent/complete 1st-2nd year retention rate is 66%.
Bryan College’s minimal institutional threshold for retention is 60% (6% below the current rate).
Bryan College aspires to increase student achievement by raising this retention rate; the current strategic goal for retention is a sustained 5% increase (75%).
Bryan College administers the ETS Proficiency Profile to both freshmen and senior students to measure student achievement in relation to the effectiveness of the College’s general education curriculum.
Bryan College’s current mean senior percentile on this measure is 98% (nationally).
Bryan College’s minimal threshold for this senior percentile on this student achievement measure is 50%.
Bryan College’s goal is to increase student achievement by raising the mean senior score, versus freshmen from the same incoming class, by 5 points (19.45 mean achieved).
The Career Services Office at Bryan College surveys graduating seniors each year to ascertain their employment status, prospects, and intentions, as well as their graduate school intentions.
Bryan College’s most recent alumni survey indicates that 96.3% of recent graduates are employed, not employed by choice, or pursuing graduate studies. This rate is compared to the NACE national average Career Outcomes Rate. The most recent rate published by NACE is 82%.
Bryan College’s minimal threshold on this student achievement measure is 90% (6% below the current rate).
Many academic programs use national major field tests (standardized across an entire area of study, regardless of the institution), if available and compatible with the unique distinctives and worldview of the program, as part of outcomes assessment, overseen by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) at Bryan College. Bryan uses several major tests and the results compare favorably with national scores.
Bryan College’s goal/target is 75th percentile or above for tested majors.
Bryan College’s minimal threshold is 50th percentile for tested majors. Programs with recent data below this threshold undergo review and modification to improve student achievement outcomes.
|Biology||56th percentile (below threshold)|
|Business||86th percentile (exceeds target)
|History||82nd percentile (exceeds target)|
|Literature in English||97th percentile (exceeds target)|
|Math||34th percentile (below threshold)|
|Psychology||39th percentile (below threshold)|
Bryan College is a small, regionally accredited Christian liberal arts college located in Dayton, TN. With both on-campus and online programs, more than 50 areas of study are offered for Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees, as well as professional certificates.
Founded in 1930, Bryan College has a rich legacy of educating students to become servants of Christ and make a difference in today’s world.