The Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness seeks to measure the degree to which South Central College is meeting its stated mission. Based on an effect- or impact-oriented philosophy of continuous organizational improvement. The Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness provides guidance on assessment and supporting information for institutional planning, policy formation and decision-making across the college. 

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FY 2017-18

Student Demographic Profile:

  • 4,647 Headcount (unduplicated)
  • 2,140 FY (Full Year Equivalent)
  • 44% Female, 53.7% Male
  • 49% Full-time, 52.1% Part-time
  • 20.5% Students of Color
  • Average age – 28.9 years
  • 36.8% Pell Eligible
  • 56.5% First Generation (Federal definition – parents did not graduate from college)
  • 21.2% First Generation (MN State definition – parents did not attend college)
  • 50.3% Underrepresented (defined as Students of Color, Pell eligible, or First Generation – MN)
  • 95 Veterans enrolled

College Profile:

  • 621 Graduates
  • 448 Degrees awarded
  • 129 Certificates awarded
  • 79 Diplomas awarded

Employee Profile:

  • 482 Headcount (unduplicated)
  • Average age – 49 years
  • Average Years of Service – 12
  • 51% Female, 49% Male
  • 91% White, 2% People of Color

College Persistence and Completion Rate:

  • Percent of Fall 2015 cohort of entering Full-time students who have graduated, transferred or retained to the second fall: 69.2%

Completion Rate:

  • Percent of Fall 2014 cohort of entering Full-time students who have completed in 3 years: 46.7%