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Student Achievement

Concordia University Texas (CTX) documents undergraduate and graduate student achievement outcomes that reflect its mission of empowering students of all backgrounds to lead lives of critical thought, compassionate action and courageous leadership.

Student achievement is measured, evaluated, and tracked using six outcomes that fall within three broad categories:

  • Retention and Completion
  • Academic Engagement and Proficiency
  • Licensure, Certification, and Post-Graduate Activities

Current measurement, evaluation, and tracking of achievement outcomes are summarized below. Thresholds of acceptability for student achievement are generally set by CTX to align or exceed those of national student samples, our IPEDS Comparison Group, private institutions of similar size, or standards set by licensing bodies such as the Texas Education Agency. Measures of student achievement that consistently fall below a set threshold are identified by academic leadership and targeted for improvement.

Retention & Completion

Retention Rates 2013-21


  • Between Fall 2013 and Fall 2021, an average of 61% of first-time, full-time CTX freshman returned for their second year.
  • Over this same time period, CTX reduced three-fourths of gap between its retention rate and that of its IPEDS Comparison Group.


Graduation Rates 2010-16


  • On average, 39% of first-time, full-time freshman entering CTX between Fall 2010 and Fall 2016 graduated within six years.

Licensure, Certification & Post-Graduate Activities

Student achievement is also measured and evaluated using licensure, certification, and employment rates of CTX graduates.

Graduates of our both our undergraduate and graduate education programs have, on average, historically high rates of passing Texas Education Agency (TEA) exams required for public school certification as teachers and administrators. Recognition of passing rates at 86% for MEd Principal Certification has led to curricular changes designed to better prepare graduate students in this program for certification.

Achievement of students enrolled in our undergraduate nursing program is tracked annually using graduation rates, National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) passing rates, and the percent of graduates certified as Registered Nurses (RN). Over 90% of students complete the BSN program and 99% of graduates pass the NCLEX exam required for RN licensure. According to, this pass-rate places CTX in the top four BSN programs in Texas and in the top ten nationally.

CTX began tracking undergraduate employment outcomes and participation in postgraduate education in 2017 using the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium's First Destination Survey. Results from the HEDS First Destination Survey in 2020 found that 63% of respondents reported being employed full-time after graduation, almost double that of other institutions participating in the survey (38%). In addition 12% reported continuing with the education at the post-graduate level, and 18% seeking employment.

[This page was last updated in February 2024.]