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 the assessment and supporting information for institutional planning, policy formation and decision-making across the college. 

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FY 2020-21

Student Demographic Profile:

  • 4,274 Headcount (unduplicated)
  • 1,929 FYE (Full Year Equivalent)
  • 48.3% Male; 49.6% Female
  • 54.2% Full-time, 45.8% Part-time
  • Average Age - 28.4 years
  • 21.7% Students of Color
  • 31.1 % Pell Eligible 
  • 53.2% First Generation (Federal definition – parents did not graduate from college)
  • 21.1% First Generation (MN State definition – parents did not attend college)
  • 46.7% Underrepresented (defined as Students of Color, Pell eligible, or First Generation - MN)
  • 50 Veterans enrolled
  • 384 PSEO students enrolled

College Profile:

  • 514 graduates
  • 398 degrees awarded
  • 87 certificates awarded
  • 64 diplomas awarded

Student Outcomes:

College Persistence and Completion Rate
Percent of fall 2019 cohort of entering Full-time students who have graduated, transferred or retained to the second fall: 63.5%

Completion Rate
Percent of fall 2017 cohort of entering Full-time students who have completed in 3 years: 49.4%

Related Employment of Graduates Rate
Percent of FY 2020 graduates reporting employment during the year after graduation in a job related to their program or major: 81.4%

Continuing Education Rate
Percent of  FY 2020 graduates reporting continuing their education during the year after graduation: 33.8%