Degree Program Improvement
Mississippi College has the following academic divisions and units:
- School of Business
- School of Christian Studies and the Arts
- Department of Art
- Department of Christian Studies & Philosophy
- Department of Communication
- Department of Music
- School of Education
- Department of Kinesiology
- Department of Counseling & Psychology
- Department of Teacher Education & Leadership
- School of the Humanities & Social Sciences
- Department of English
- Department of History & Political Science
- Department of Modern Languages
- Department of Sociology & Social Work
- School of LawSchool of Mathematics & the Sciences
- Department of Biological Sciences
- Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
- Department of Computer Science & Physics
- Department of Mathematics
- School of Nursing
Educational effectiveness at all levels of the university is determined through the Assessment Cycle. Each academic unit develops goals/objectives related to its mission; these are, in turn, related to the university Mission. The goals and objectives are annually assessed based on stated criteria. If the criteria are not met, the academic unit puts into place strategies to improve.
Mississippi College measures its effectiveness with a variety of methods. Each department, college, or school has developed a plan for assessing institutional effectiveness. Assessment plans cover the academic year—June 1 to May 31. Assessment data are analyzed each year with reports completed in September of each year. Each academic program annually addresses objectives related to content mastery. Each objective is measured by a variety of methods. The assessment results are used to make improvements in the academic programs. Assessment plans for each academic unit are available on the institution’s local M: drive. These assessment plans and reports have been collected since 1998, so the institution has a long-standing culture of assessment for the use of improvement, specifically in its educational programs.
In addition to generating assessment reports, each academic unit creates an annual report that contains information used to improve the unit. These reports contain the following information:
- Publications & other scholarly work
- Service-related activities
- Faculty load
- No. of students to graduate
Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness
- Tables with results
- Graphing of results
- Notification of barriers
- Goals for the upcoming year
Academic units communicate assessment results within their areas in order to communicate how students are performing.
External Recognitions and Accreditation Reviews
External recognition of the university is another measure of institutional effectiveness. Some examples of external recognition received by Mississippi College include:
- In January 2011, a team from Mississippi College School of Law (MC Law) won the Moot Court National Championship in Houston, Texas. In February 2011, another MC team won the Rendigs Product Liability Moot Court Competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. These victories have the Advocacy Program at MC Law ranked #3 in the nation.
- In 2013, over 130 students were accepted into medical school. This is the highest number accepted from Mississippi College in the history of the institution.
- In the most recent "Franklin & Marshall Report on Baccalaureate Origins of Doctoral Recipients," MC Chemistry ranks in the top 8% nationally based on the percentage of graduates who have earned Ph.D.s in the chemical sciences. Furthermore, in our classification, MC Chemistry has the #1 ranking in the southeastern United States.
- In 2004 and 2008, the MC Singers were selected to perform on the programs of ACDA Southern Division (11 states). This invitation was based on a blind audition and 5 university choirs from the 11-state region were selected. In 2005, the MC Singers were one of twenty university choirs in the country to perform at the National ACDA convention in Los Angeles. Since 2002, the MC Singers have made three appearances at Carnegie Hall.
- Since the first graduating class of the School of Nursing in 1973, 99.8 percent of graduates who have completed basic nursing preparation and who have not previously been registered nurses have passed The National Council Licensure Examination - RN (NCLEX-RN).
- Mississippi College's Department of Teacher Education was selected as the training site for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)'s Board of Examiners in the Fall of 2006. The Mississippi College institutional report was also selected for presentation on the NCATE website as an exemplary report.
- The graduate counseling programs at Mississippi College were all reaccredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in the Spring of 2009. Mississippi College is the only Mississippi institution of higher education with CACREP approved programs in Marriage and Family Counseling and Mental Health Counseling. The School Counseling program is also accredited.
- Mississippi College has one of only four graduate degree programs in Dyslexia Therapy in the United States. The program was accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) in 2008.
The university participates in a significant number of external program reviews by seeking national accreditation for academic departments. Departments engage in intensive self-evaluations and obtain impartial external reviews in the accreditation process. Educational goals, objectives, and outcomes are reviewed carefully and are important factors in acquiring and retaining accreditation. Compelling evidence of the effectiveness of Mississippi College’s academic programs lies in the numerous external organizations that have granted approval or accreditation. No program at Mississippi College has ever failed to meet these standards. This table provides a comprehensive list of academic programs with national/professional accreditation.