Student Achievement

Student Achievement Data

Dallas Baptist University is committed to student learning and success as part of its mission to “provide Christ-centered quality higher education.”  Moreover, the University’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan Goal Two is “Strengthen Academic Programs” and includes strategies to “strengthen the learning environment and emphasize program completion by attracting, admitting, developing, and retaining an academically qualified, diverse student body” and to “develop effective academic processes, strengthen academic rigor, and improve student learning.”

To this end, DBU tracks and reports its performance regarding student retention, graduation rates, and other measures.  For graduation rates DBU has identified IPEDS 8-Year Outcomes as its Key Student Completion Indicator, and reports student completion rates at six years after matriculation.  DBU also tracks the success of its students in achieving professional certifications and assesses General Education and Academic Program Learner Centered Outcomes on a regular basis, using the learning and achievement data gathered to drive its continuous improvement efforts.

For each of the measures published here, a threshold of minimum acceptability is identified along with a justification, a goal for achievement is identified, and a brief narrative discusses DBU’s evaluation of success in the identified area.

Retention Rates

Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: DBU has established a 70% first-to-second year retention rate as its minimum threshold of acceptability.  This threshold is based upon its recent historic performance in this area as well as a survey of other Texas Baptist Universities’ published retention rate standards.

The Goal for Achievement

DBU has established a goal to achieve 78% first-to-second year retention by the Fall of 2022 and to achieve 80% first-to second-year retention by the Fall of 2024.  These goals are derived from the Strategic Plan and recent trends in this area.

Narrative: From Fall 2015 through Fall 2020, DBU has met its threshold of minimum acceptability of retention each year, with its lowest retention occurring from Fall 2016 to Fall 2017. Strategic initiatives to meet the 2022 and 2024 goals include the establishment of a comprehensive Mentoring Program and an appointed committee to evaluate services and programs for first-generation students. A Director of Retention was hired in 2019 to coordinate and lead the University’s efforts on student persistence. The University continued to expand Campus Life programming to assist students with social connections on campus.

Overall Graduation Rates

Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: DBU has established a minimum threshold of acceptability for its overall graduation rate of 53% of each cohort graduating within six years of matriculation.  This threshold is based upon a historic average transfer-out rate of 33% as well as its recent historic performance in this area.

The Goal for Achievement

DBU has established a goal of 60% of each cohort graduating within six years of matriculation by the Fall of 2022 and a goal of 62% graduating within six years of matriculation by Fall of 2024. These goals are derived from the Strategic Plan and recent trends in this area.

Narrative: DBU has an average six-year graduation rate of 57% from cohorts beginning in 2009 to cohorts beginning in 2014.  For each individual student, the time to graduation is impacted by a variety of factors including degree plan, number of hours attempted per semester, finances, employment, and other extenuating circumstances. DBU also emphasizes the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s programs which allow students to graduate once with both degrees in an extended time frame. Retention rates and graduation rates are connected, and as retention and persistence improve, then graduation rates should also see positive improvement. Therefore, the initiatives to improve retention and persistence are also key measures to improve graduation rates.

Teacher Licensure

Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: The Dallas Baptist University Educator Preparation Program has established a minimum threshold of acceptability of 85% of candidates passing licensure tests by the second attempt.  This threshold is based on historic performance of candidates for teacher licensure in the DBU EPP.

The Goal for Achievement

The Dallas Baptist University Educator Preparation Program expects 100% of candidates to pass all licensure tests by the second attempt.

TExES Professional Pedagogy and Responsibilities Test is required of all teacher-certification candidates, and depending on their area of certification candidates take a variety of content tests. 

TExES PPR Passing Rates 2017-Present

TExES Content Passing Rates 2017-Present

Narrative: Since 2017 90-100% of teacher candidates in the DBU Educator Preparation Program have passed their TExES PPR and Content licensure tests by the second attempt.