St. Augustine College - IBHE

Recent cutbacks in federal and state aid programs –as well as the prospect that ... Associate of Science degrees in Early Childhood Education. ... A new integrated institution-wide computer system has replaced our old administrative ... The Respiratory Therapy is now fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for.
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Mission Statement St. Augustine College is an independent, bilingual (dual language) institution of higher education created under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese. St. Augustine College goals are: • • • •

To make the American system of higher education accessible to a diverse student population with emphasis on those of Hispanic descent; To strengthen ethnic identity; To reinforce cultural interaction; and To build a bridge to fill cultural, educational, and socio-economic gaps.

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A growing number of institutions now offer programs geared to the needs of Spanish-speaking students resulting in greater competition for St. Augustine. St. Augustine has a high debt ratio, limiting the portion of the operating budget that is available for improving academic quality, investing in human resources, and expansion. Recent cutbacks in federal and state aid programs –as well as the prospect that these will be reduced even further – provide St. Augustine and its students with significant challenges. The rapid evolution of technology and the continually increasing demand of the workplace for technologically proficient graduates will make it difficult and expensive to St. Augustine to maintain the level of technological capacity that will be necessary. The lack of an institutional peer group whose student, faculty and geographic demographics match our makes it difficult for us to benchmark our progress in realistic, relevant ways. Many new Hispanic residents of the City of Chicago and its surroundings are young to middleaged adults. The college has to seek ways to provide quality opportunities to meet the needs of this particular population. Although the City of Chicago has experienced an increase in its Hispanic population, many of them are still in the process of obtaining their legal residence in the U.S. Because they do not qualify for federal financial aid, that exert a limitation in terms of increasing enrollment in our programs. Therefore, our resources are restricted, especially in terms of faculty, support staff, office space, and classroom space.



St. Augustine College SECTION II: PROGRESS

POLICY AREA ONE: Higher education will help Illinois sustain strong economic growth through its teaching, service, and research activities. COMMON INSTITUTIONAL INDICATORS

Percent of undergraduate degree/certificate recipients either employed or enrolled in further education within one year of graduation Number Employed and/or Enrolled

Number of Survey Respondents

Percent Employed and/or Enrolled

a) Institutional goal(s) for this indicator: St. Augustine College contributes to sustain economic growth of the State of Illinois by producing graduates who build bridges to fill cultural, educational, and socio-economic gaps. The goal for this indicator is to expand the procedure currently used in our Respiratory Therapy to measure the annual rate. Based on this information we will set employment rate goals across majors. b) Brief interpretation of institutional performance and related implications: St. Augustine College, through its Respiratory Therapy program has been able to consistently comply with the job placement threshold. Most of our graduates find jobs even before they graduate. The implementation of a clinical internship has increased the opportunity for students to get hired at the place they do their clinical internship. Every semester the program receives more and more inquiries from local hospital and nursing homes requesting to send our students to their facilities. Data collected continue showing that more than 80% of the employees surveyed strongly agree/agree that our graduates have developed the appropriate cognitive skills needed to effectively function in any healthcare setting. Some employee