The Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness seeks to measure the degree to which South Central College is meeting its stated mission. Based on an effect- or impact-oriented philosophy of continuous organizational improvement. The Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness provides guidance on assessment and supporting information for institutional planning, policy formation and decision-making across the college. 

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FY 2016-17

Student Demographic Profile:

  • 5,090 Headcount (unduplicated)
  • 2,159 FYE (Full Year Equivalent)
  • 46.9% Female, 48.5% Male
  • 58.3% Full-time, 41.6% Part-time
  • 20.0% Students of Color
  • Average Age – 29.1 years
  • 35.8% Pell Eligible
  • 56.8% First Generation (Federal definition – parents did not graduate from college)
  • 22.5% First Generation (MN State definition – parents did not attend college)
  • 50.2% Underrepresented (defined as Students of Color, Pell eligible, or First Generation – MN)
  • 109 Veterans enrolled

College Profile:

  • 568 Graduates
  • 450 Degrees awarded
  • 115 Certificates awarded
  • 62 Diplomas awarded

Employee Profile:

  • 496 Headcount (unduplicated)
  • Average age – 50 years
  • Average years of service - 12
  • 52% Female, 48% Male
  • 95% White, 2% People of Color

College Persistence and Completion Rate:

  • Percent of Fall 2015 cohort of entering Full-time students who have graduated, transferred, or retained to the second fall: 69.2%

Completion Rate:

  • Percent of Fall 2014 cohort of entering Full-time students who have completed in 3 years: 46.5%