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The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. The following represents programmatic licensure passage rates with goals and numerous years of results.

Graduation Rate

The University provides information on undergraduate graduation/completion rates. The graduation rate cohorts began their education six-years prior to the most recently completed academic year. The 6-year graduation rate for the most recently completed academic year is 57%. Using the same year, the goal was 51% based on the median of the institution’s 15 benchmark institutions.

6-Year Period Graduation Rate
Fall 2013 - Aug 2019 57%
Fall 2011 - Aug 2017 59%
Fall 2010 - Aug 2016 59%
Fall 2009 - Aug 2015 54%
Fall 2008 - Aug 2014 54%
Fall 2007 - Aug 2013 53%
Fall 2006 - Aug 2012 62%
Fall 2005 - Aug 2011 51%
Fall 2004 - Aug 2010 55%
Fall 2003 - Aug 2009 52%
Fall 2002 - Aug 2008 59%

Retention Rate

The University calculates what percentage of first-time, full-time, bachelor's degree-seeking, freshmen return for the fall of their second year. The retention rate, a Key Performance Indicator, for Fall 2018 is 76%. Using the same year, the goal was 71% based on the median of the institution’s 15 benchmark institutions.

Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate
2018-2019 76%
2017-2018 80%
2016-2017 76%
2015-2016 80%
2014-2015 79%
2013-2014 72%
2012-2013 69%
2011-2012 74%
2010-2011 76%
2009-2010 69%
2008-2009 67%
2007-2008 69%

School of Nursing

Goal: Of graduating generic students, 95% of each class will pass NCLEX-RN within 12 months following graduation.

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number 62/68 60/66 62/73 53/61 84/89 95/103 156/162 81/88
Percentage 91% 91% 85% 87% 94% 92% 96% 92%

Yearly percentages are based on passes within the six-month period allowed by accreditation agencies.


School of Education

Teacher Education & Leadership

Mississippi Teacher Licensure Area: Elementary Education

From 2012-2019, 95-100% of candidates have been eligible for state licensure based on Praxis II Elementary Education (K-6) exams, exceeding the state and national accreditation requirement of 80%.

Goal: Of graduating Elementary Education students, 90% of each class will pass the 5017 Content Knowledge Praxis II exam.

  2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020*
Number 50 28 32 32 33 35 15*
Percentage 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%*

*Due to COVID-19, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) implemented a testing waiver for all educator licensure testing beginning in Spring 2020 through December 31, 2021. Candidate test data for 2019-2020 only reflexts those students who registered for the specific licensure exam prior to the MDE testing waiver.

Mississippi Teaching Licensure: Secondary Education

From 2012-2019, 92-100% of candidates have been eligible for state licensure based on Praxis II Content area exams.

Goal: Of graduating Secondary Education students, 90% of each class will pass the Praxis II exam.

Area 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Art 3 1 4 1 NA 3 N/A*
Biology 2 1 2 1 2 1 1*
English 2 3 5 15 4 5 N/A*
Kinesiology 5 3 6 1 NA 2 N/A*
Math 2 3 1 3 1 2 3*
Music 7 4 4 7 6 1 9*
Social Studies 5 3 4 18 6 3 2*

*Due to COVID-19, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) implemented a testing waiver for all educator licensure testing beginning in Spring 2020 through December 21, 2021. Candidate test data for 2019-2020 only reflects those students who reigstered for the specific licensure exam prior to the MDE testing waiver.

The School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) results for Mississippi College

Mississippi State Department of Education Standard: 80% (3-year average)

Goal: Of graduating graduate students studying educational leadership in the licensure track, at least 80% will pass the SLLA exam.

  2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020*
Number 15 19 18 13 20 32 24*
Percentage 83% 83% 95% 72% 71% 84% 88%*

*Due to COVID-19, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) implemented a testing waiver for all educator licensure testing beginning in Spring 2020 through December 21, 2021. Candidate test data for 2019-2020 only reflects those students who reigstered for the specific licensure exam prior to the MDE testing waiver.

School Counseling Graduate Program

Praxis Passage Rate (exam not given prior to 2008)

Goal: Of graduating counseling education graduate students, 90% of each class will pass the Praxis II Content area exam.

  2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number 18 14 13 10 10 12 13
Percentage 93% 73% 75% 71% 90% 91% 100%

Counseling Graduate Programs

Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE)

Goal: Of the graduating students taking the CPCE exam within the past 12 months test cycle, exam participants will pass the NBCC exam with a 50% or better.

  2013 2014 2015 2018 2019 2020
Number 41 29 30 32 17 11
Percentage 63% 72% 36% 25% 88% 91%

School of Law

Bar Passage

Goal: In 2019 the ABA revised Standard 316 regarding bar passage. The new standard, first effective for students graduating in 2017, requires that 75% of law school graduates who sit for the bar exam pass within two years.

  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Takers 114 134 106 107 101 91
Passing w/in 2 years 77.19% 79.1% 72.64% 73.8% 79.2% 76.9%

MC Law is in compliance for 2019 graduates, but the ultimate percentage will not be final unil the July 2021 administration of the bar exam. The compliance period for graduates from the Class of 2020 ends with the July 2022 administration.


School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Social Work Undergraduate Program

Social Work Licensure Exam

Goal: The graduating social work students will score at the national average and above the state average.

 

2014-

2015

2015-

2016

2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number 13 9 11 9 19 14 17
Percentage 67% 81.3% 84.6% 77.7% 63.2% 85.7% 76.5%

The national 2020-2021 average pass rate is 68.5% and the average pass rate for Mississippi is 44.5%. 


Writing Proficiency Exam (An ACT/CAAP Writing Skills Test)

Goal: 80% of undergraduate MC students will pass the WPE exam on their first attempt.

  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Number 942 903 911 849 727 704 620
Percentage 82% 80% 84% 86% 91% 89% 90%

This percentage represents only MC students and not transfer student's passage rates among first-time takers.


School of Science & Mathematics

Physician Assistant (PA) National Certifying Examination (PANCE) Passage Rates

Goal: Prepare physician assistant students to achieve a first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) at or above the national average.

  Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
MC PA Number 29 30 27 30
MC PA % 97% 93% 85% 97%
National % 95% 97% 93% 95%