Skip to main content

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
    • Department of Communication
    • Department of Music
  • School of Education

    • Department of Kinesiology
    • Department of Counseling
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Teacher Education & Leadership
  • School of the Humanities & Social Sciences

    • Department of English & Philosophy
    • Department of History & Political Science
    • Department of Modern Languages
    • Department of Sociology & Social Work
  • School of Law

  • School of Mathematics & the Sciences

    • Department of Biological Sciences
    • Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
    • Department of Engineering, Computer Science, & Physics
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physician Assistant Studies
  • 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:

Faculty accomplishments

  • Presentations
  • Publications & other scholarly work
  • Service-related activities
  • Faculty load

Student information

  • No. of students to graduate
  • Accomplishments  

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.

View External Rankings

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.