Centenary College evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. Among the indicators of success pertaining to student achievement used by the College are retention rates, graduation rates, job and graduate school placement rates, and state licensing examinations.

Retention Rates

Centenary monitors year-to-year retention rates for each first-time entering cohort. Retention goals are proposed and monitored by a cross-divisional team, the Enrollment Policy Committee. Current first to second year retention goals are:

  • Fall 2015 cohort (Class of 2019): 78%
  • Fall 2016 cohort (Class of 2020): 79%
  • Fall 2017 cohort (Class of 2021): 80%
  • Fall 2018 cohort (Class of 2023): 80%
  • Fall 2019 cohort (Class of 2023): 80%

Centenary also monitors fall to spring retention rates and fall to fall retention rates. The college has seen an improvement from the low fall to fall retention rate of 68% in the Fall 2010 cohort to a fall to fall retention rate of 80% in the Fall 2013 cohort.

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Graduation Rates

Centenary also monitors graduation rates for each cohort. Graduation goals are also proposed and monitored by the Enrollment Policy Committee. The graduation rate is based on a 150% of the expected time to graduate, i.e., approximately six years and shows the same level of stability. Current goals are:

  • Fall 2012 cohort (Class of 2016): 49%
  • Fall 2013 cohort (Class of 2017): 50%
  • Fall 2014 cohort (Class of 2018): 47%
  • Fall 2015 cohort (Class of 2019): 50%
  • Fall 2016 cohort (Class of 2020): 50%

 

  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
4 year (100%) 45% 51% 51% 45% 43% 49% 42% 46% 42% 43%
6 year (150%) 59% 62% 60% 58% 56% 59% 52% 55% 47% 48%

Oversight of issues pertaining to retention and course and degree completion falls to the Vice President for Enrollment.

 

State Licensing Examinations

Centenary students completing the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree are the only Centenary students required to complete a state licensing or certification examination. Centenary offers the M.A.T. in elementary, secondary, or K-12 certification. The Department of Education Graduate Catalogue provides a Program Overview; Admission Requirements, including required examinations; and Degree requirements, including required examinations.

Prior to being granted admission into the Graduate program in Education, students must present passing scores on the PRAXIS I. In addition, the student must present passing scores on the PRAXIS Content Area Test for their chosen area of certification. For the M.A.T. program in elementary education students must successfully complete the PRAXIS Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 examination; for the M.A.T program in secondary education, students must successfully complete the PRAXIS Principles of Learning and Teaching 7-12 examination; and for the M.A.T program in K-12 Choral Music, students must successfully complete the PRAXIS II: Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 examination. Passing scores on all PRAXIS examinations are set by the Louisiana Department of Education. The tables below provide the passing rate for Centenary students on the Praxis exams.

Praxis Pedagogy Pass Rate (%) Centenary Average Scaled Score National Average Scaled Score
2013-14 100% 181 184
2014-15 100% 176 184
2016-16 100% 186 184
2016-17 100% 178 183

 

 

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 Pass Rate (%) Centenary Average Scaled Score National Average Scaled Score
2013 -14 100% 174 175
2014-15 100% 179 176
2015-16 100% 178 176
2016-17 100% 175 177

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching K-12 Pass Rate (%) Centenary Average Scaled Score National Average Scaled Score
2013-14 100% 177 174
2014-15 100% 181 175
2015-16 100% 177 175
2016-17 100% 186 176