Student Achievement

CommencementNew Student Convocation

  


SRSU Mission Statement

Who We Are

Sul Ross State University is a public, comprehensive, Master's degree granting, multi-campus university, providing on-site and distance education in the Big Bend and US-México border regions of Texas.

Vision

Sul Ross State University seeks to be a national and international leader in achieving excellence amoung universities in the areas of Education, Research, Social Mobility, Service, Affordability, and Shared Governance.

Mission

Rooted in the distinctive surroundings and history of the Big Bend and the US-México boder regions of Texas, Sul Ross State University provides accessible, comprehensive, and life changing education through high quality teaching, research, cultural awareness, creativity and service.

Values

Excellence                                       Leadership and Service

Ethics and Integrity                         Personal Connection

Diversity and Inclusiveness             Effective Communication

Growth and Exploration


Goals

SRSU Strategic Plan

Sul Ross State University’s Strategic Plan for 2017-2022 is guided by five overarching goals:

Goal 1: Promote Growth in Academic, Research and Artistic Excellence

Goal 2: Target Recruiting, Maximize Retention & Increase Graduation Rates

Goal 3: Strengthen a Sustainable and Diversified Financial Base while Ensuring Affordable Access

Goal 4: Recruit, Retain and Develop Faculty, Staff and Student Employees

Goal 5: Unify and Enhance the Image and Visibilty of Sul Ross

 

Texas State University System 2020 Performance Goals

The Texas State University System (TSUS) Chancellor, Brian McCall, presented a long-term vision and called upon all TSUS institutions to identify baseline data and to establish targets for year 2020 as comprehensive vision of success. SRSU collects and reports data annually. The 2020 TSUS Performance Metrics reports includes a collection of indicators related to access, success, excellence and efficiency. Some of the highlight targets by year 2020 include:

  • Total headcount increase of 9% (2,144 students)
  • Total degrees awarded increase of 21% (464 degrees)
  • 6-year graduation rate increase of 11.5 percentage points
  • 1-year persistance rate increase of 3 percentage points
  • Number of Teachers Produced 196% (80 Teachers)

 

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 60x30TX Goals

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) also sets statewide goals through the 60x30TX initiative. The THECB plan includes four major goals:

Goal 1: 60x30: Educated Population

         By 2030, at least 60% of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree

Goal 2: Completion

By 2030, at least 550,000 students in that year will complete a certificate, associate, bachelor's, or master's from an instituion of higher education in Texas.

Goal 3: Marketable Skills

         By 2030, all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills.

Goal 4: Student Debt

          By 2030, undergraduate student loan debt will not exceed 60% of first-year wages for graduates of Texas public institutions.


Student Achievement Highlights

To evaluate student achievement, Sul Ross State University reviews graduate school placement, job placement, licensure/certification passage, student learning, graduation rates, retention rates, and course completion rates.

Graduation and Retention Rates

The first indicator of student achievement is student persistence and graduation. In 2016, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time-in-college students at Sul Ross was 29.4%, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Online Institutional Resume. This represents a 5.3 percentabe point increase over graduation rates in 2000. Additionally, in 2016, the 1-year persistence rate was 73.8% (for students entering in Fall 2015); the 2-year persistence rate was 64.0% (for students entering in Fall 2014), according to the THECB Online Institutional Resume.

Data Sources: THECB Accountability System and THECB Online Institutional Resumes.

Student Achievement Measure

Another measure used to assess student performance is the Student Achievement Measure (SAM).  SAM presents a more comprehensive perspective on student achievement.  SAM tracks students who transfer from the university and follows the students as they progress through other institutions of higher education. The data provides a more complete picture of a university’s role in furthering a student’s educational achievements.

Data Source: Student Achievement Measure, Sul Ross State University Profile

Graduate School Placement Rates

Another key indicator of student success at SRSU is whether baccalaureate graduates enroll in graduate-level programs or professional schools. In the 2016 THECB Accountability Reports, 16% of baccalaureate graduates from SRSU-Alpine and 3% of graduates from SRSU-Rio Grande College were enrolled in graduate or professional school programs in Texas by the year after graduation.

 

Data Source: THECB Online Institutional Resumes.

Job Placement Rates

Also, an important indicator of student success at SRSU is whether graduates find employment after graduation. In 2016, 75% of graduates from SRSU-Alpine and 85% of graduates from SRSU-Rio Grande College had achieved gainful employment during the fourth quarter of the year after graduation.

Data Source: THECB Online Institutional Resumes.

 

Teacher Certification

An additional indicator of student achievement at SRSU is success on licensure and certification exams. In 2013, the pass rate for teacher certification exams was 79% for education students at SRSU-Alpine and 100% for education students at SRSU-RGC.

 

Data Source: THECB Online Institutional Resumes and Texas Education Agency.


 

Student Support Programs

Academic programs, committees, and student services at SRSU also set specific goals related to student achievement. For example, programs like Student Support Services and the McNair Scholars Program set targets for retention rates, graduation rates, and graduate school placement rates for students who participate in their programs. 

Academic Center for Excellence

In 2004, the university opened the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), which offers numerous academic support programs such as study skills workshops, tutoring, and services targeting specific student populations. For example, ACE suports athlete students by providing study halls. The center's faculty members teach developmental education courses in reading, writing, and mathematics focused on low performing and at-risk students. Most recent data, for summer session II in 2016, show a success rate of 70 percent for students enrolled in the ACE developmental courses. The target for success for the ACE Developmental Course is 70 percent or more of the students passing the developmental courses with letter grade of C or better.

Academically talented students seeking an acadmic challenge may participate in the SRSU Honors Program through the ACE. Records beginning in 2011 track the number of SRSU students involved in honor contracts with faculty in the university. Over these 11 terms, 88% of the studetns attempting honors work completed it successfully.

McNair Program

The McNair Scholar Program is designed to support and encourage first-generation, low-income and under-represented undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Students who participate are provided research opportunities and faculty mentors. A national program offered at numerous universities throughout the United States, The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievment Program was named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 space-shuttle explosion. Established at Sul Ross in November 2007, the Mc Nair Scholars Program is funded through the Department of Education's TRIO programs and has successfully provided students with the academic skills required for acceptance and retention in graduate school. This year the SRSU McNair Scholars Program has been awarded funding for the next five years (2017-2022).

The program serves 27 students each year. Student achievement measures for the SRSU McNair program for 2015-2016 include:

  • 93% of McNair scholars completed research and/or scholarly activities
  • 55% of McNair scholars who received their bachelors degreed enrolled in graduate scholl in Fall 2016.
  • 82% of Mcnair scholars enrolloed in graduate school in 2015-2016 persisted

                 2017 McNair-Tafoya Symposium Paticipants (Front row left to right Ronald Clark, Olivia Enriquez, Miranda Gilbert, Vince Apodaca, Yelixza Avila, Tiffany Buford Vallejo, Linda Padilla Cruz,                                Fabiola Muniz. Back row left to right Joey Chavez, Breeann Sturges, Katherine Mancha, Stephanie Elmore, Dominic Carrillo)

Some important initiatives the SRSU McNair Program sponsors are:

  • the annual McNair-Tafoya Symposium which gives McNair scholars an opportunity to present their research at SRSU
  • STEM Fridays - a co-sponsored event with the SRSU Library and academic departments to showcase STEM opportunities on the SRSU campus
  • Conference participation - the SRSU McNair Program supports students as they present their reasearch in professional conferences across the country.

Senior Yelixza Avila at SACNAS in Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) works to increase academic performance, retention and graduation rates, through academic advising, career/major counseling, personal support, classroom instruction, academic workshops, tutoring, financial aid counseling, graduate admission guidance and social/cultural activities. On average, 160 undergraduate students participate in SSS programs. For example, SSS participants graduate at twice the rate of the SRSU average.

Data Source: SSS Departmental Records.


National Survey of Student Engagement

Starting in spring 2016, the National Survey of Student Engagement was administered to all students in the core curriculum courses and to seniors. The faculty Core Curriculum Committee set the threshold for achievement for seniors, who respond 'very much' or 'quite a bit', for items aligned with each of the six core curriculum skills, to increase each year or maintain at 75% or higher. Baseline data for the six core curriculum skills:

Data Source: NSSE Survey Reports, 2016, 2017.


Process for Evaluating Measures of Student Success

Sul Ross State University evaluates measures of student achievement in response to SACSCOC Standard FR 4.1. Additional data related to student achievement is available through the webpage for the SRSU Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


Header pictures (left to right): Students during commencement ceremony at Rio Grande College; Sul Ross Class of 2018 at the 2014 New Student Convocation (Photo by Cheryl Zinsmeyer); Sadie Sacra and Ryan Hoffer, the 2014 Woman and Man of the Year (Photo by Susanna Mendez)