Manna University aims to prepare leaders for a life of Kingdom service. The completion of a degree does not in itself indicate success in this regard, but it is a strong metric for those who desire to pursue a full program of study.
This page shows outcome data that reflects program completion and retention rates (objective measures), as well as alumni outcomes (subjective measures). More data will be added in the near future to display qualitative and quantitative data that tracks outcomes in conjunction with program learning objectives, as well as Leadership in Action fulfillment (undergraduate Christian service requirement).
Manna University does not guarantee or imply placement of students after graduation. Assistance and career guidance will be made available to students and alumni.
Graduation Rates and Retention Data
Manna University saw 36 graduates in its eighteenth commencement ceremony on May 22, 2021. The following sections show detailed information on cohorts form various academic years; the final section provides explanations for how these data are calculated.
|Grad within 150% timeframe:²||0||12||6||18|
|Grad within 150% timeframe rate:²||0||30%||31%||29%|
|Grad within 150% timeframe:²||1||14||2||17|
|Grad within 150% timeframe rate:²||25%||45%||13%||33%|
|Grad within 150% timeframe:²||0||17||4||21|
|Grad within 150% timeframe rate:²||0||51%||57%||51%|
|¹For this data reporting, Manna University reports all incoming, degree-seeking students under the “Total” row. This differs from standard IPEDS reporting which requests first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students. This is done intentionally as the majority of Manna University Students are not first-time, nor are the majority of Manna University students full-time.|
|²This is the standard IPEDS timeframe for Graduation, in which a student’s graduation status is tracked against 150% of their program length. For instance, a student who completes a four year degree in six years or less is counted as “graduated” under this number. The same student completing the same degree in more than six years is not counted under this number, though they are counted in our “Grad” row above.|
|³Manna University considers student retention under the following definition: “Does an incoming degree-seeking student enroll in at least one of the three semesters subsequent to their initial semester as a degree seeking student?”. If so, the student is counted in the “Retained” row above. This differs from other retention reporting methods which only track Fall-to-Fall retention rates. This does not accurately reflect retention at Manna University, as we have found that a student who takes courses in semesters subsequent to their initial enrollment, but not in the exact term being measured by outside reporting agencies, does not count as “retained”, even if they have only taken a one-semester break from the University.|
Alumni Outcomes and Employment Data
A survey was conducted in August 2021 of 289 alumni. 67 responded, with 90% reporting that they use their degree in some way.
- 54% reported that they are employed in an occupation directly related to their major.
- 42% reported that they built on their studies by pursuing further learning.
- 40% reported that they engage in unpaid Christian service directly related to their major.
Survey Results Rationale
Alumni were given the following options to choose from. Some chose more than one option, according to their situation, while others only selected one.
- I am employed in an occupation directly related to my major (e.g., if Divinity, employed in vocational ministry; if Christian Leadership, employed in a position of leadership).
- I engage in unpaid Christian service directly related to my major (e.g., if Worship, serving on worship team at local church; if Christian Leadership, leading a small group or serving at a non-profit).
- I built on my studies by pursuing further learning (e.g., completed an Associate degree and pursued/are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree; completed a Bachelor’s degree and pursued/are pursuing a Master’s degree).
- None of these apply.