• Goals for Student Achievement

    Hardin-Simmons University sets goals for student achievement consistent with the mission of the university: “The mission of Hardin-Simmons University is to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.” The university’s statement of purpose includes a commitment to academic excellence while affirming the relevance and importance of the Christian faith. The university has established the following goals for student achievement and success:

    Goal 1 Four-year and six-year graduation rate

    The university will increase the four-year graduation rate to 35% by 2016 (goal surpassed with cohort 2008) and increase the six-year graduation rate to 60% by 2020. The following chart shows the four-year graduation rate and the six-year graduation rate for the previous nine cohorts.

    *Cohort Year Four-Year Graduation Rate Six-Year Graduation Rate
    2004 29% 49%
    2005 28% 47%
    2006 31% 47%
    2007 34% 51%
    2008 37% 53%
    2009 34.5% 53%
    2010 37% 52%
    2011 35%  
    2012 36%  

    *The cohort year indicates the year in which first-year students began classes at Hardin-Simmons University.

    Goal 2 Retention rate

    The university will increase the first time freshman-to-sophomore retention rate to 76% by 2016. The following chart shows the first-time freshmen to sophomore retention rate for the most recent six years.

    2010-2011 65%
    2011-2012 65%
    2012-2013 63%
    2013-2014 64%
    2014-2015 68%
    2015-2016 71%

     

    Goal 3: Establish a more diverse student body

    Diversity within the university enhances the student experience and prepares students to be successful in an increasingly diverse cultural and global environment. HSU will increase the percentage of undergraduate Hispanic students to 12% by 2016 (goal surpassed as of Fall 2010) and undergraduate African-American students to 8% by 2016. The following chart shows the percentages of undergraduate African-American and Hispanic students for the last seven years.

      Percentage of Undergraduate
    Hispanic Students
    Percentage of Undergraduate
    African-American Students
    Fall 2010 12.3% 5.6%
    Fall 2011 13.1% 6.1%
    Fall 2012 13.9% 7.0%
    Fall 2013 14.4% 6.4%
    Fall 2014 14.5% 7.4%
    Fall 2015 15% 7%
    Fall 2016 16.3% 7%
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