Student Achievement Goals and Outcomes

As stated by the Institutional Mission, “the fundamental purpose of St. John Vianney College Seminary is to provide undergraduate and graduate education and formation to those students whose stated objective is to discern a call to serve the Catholic Church as priests. The institution assumes, as its specific responsibility, the academic, spiritual, pastoral and human formation of college seminarians within a bilingual (English-Spanish) and multicultural setting. The college seminary is also committed to provide academic opportunities, both on campus and online, for laity and others who may be enriched by its services.”

The institution uses multiple criteria and measures to document student achievement. The criteria of student achievement for its undergraduate and pre-theology programs are: Retention Rate (criteria 1), Graduation Rate (criteria 2), Alumni-Satisfaction (criteria 3), and Graduate Theology Faculty Feedback (criteria 4). The criteria of student achievement for its online graduate programs in philosophy and theology are: Retention Rate (criteria 1),Graduation Rate (criteria 2), and Online Students Satisfaction (criteria 3).

Given its non-competitive admission policy and the specific Catholic mission of the institution, the Retentionand Graduation Rate for all its programs are measured based on a 50% threshold.

The Alumni Survey and the Theological Faculty Questionnaire are used to measure undergraduates and pre-theologian students’ achievement as identified in criteria 3 and 4. The two instruments complement each other in that together they give the institution valuable feedback in the four areas of its program of priestly formation (academic, spiritual, human and spiritual). The Alumni Survey provides feedback from the graduates themselves, whereas the Theological  Faculty Questionnaire provides feedback from the faculty of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary which is the graduate theology program attended by the vast majority of graduates from St. John Vianney College Seminary.

The Alumni Survey assesses all four areas of the seminary's program of priestly formation. Students are asked to assess, a year after graduation, while they are engaged in graduate theological studies, not only the academic formation they received at SJVCS, but also the spiritual, human and apostolic formation so central to their future ministry as priests. The Survey has three sections. The first section of the Survey includes a set of 15 common General Questions for all graduates. The second section of the Survey, addressed only to graduates with a B.A., deals with 15 questions specific to the philosophy program. The third section of the Survey is specifically addressed to the assessment of the philosophy program by B.Phil graduates. 

The Theological Faculty Questionnaire instrument, which is given every other year, asks the faculty of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary to assess the readiness of SJVCS’s graduates in all the areas relevant to priestly formation: academic, philosophical, spiritual, human and apostolic.

The Online Program Student Survey is used to measure the online students’ satisfaction relative to the contents and method of delivery of the philosophy and theology masters’ programs.

The links below provide the Retention Rate and the Graduation Rate from 2015 to 2019.

  1. Retention Rates.
  2. Graduation Rates.

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