Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) seeks to transform our students through academic programs preparing them for lives of leadership, service, and faith. Because of this, we seek to integrate many elements throughout our educational activities. Through our many opportunities for leadership cultivation, our students are exposed to the best practices that support community engagement. Through our Workship programs, we strategically connect our students with opportunities to connect their talents and passions with non-profit organizations across the areas we serve. Through our emphasis on being a Christ-first university, we develop intellectual discipleship in the relationships between students and faculty, as well as staff.
Our academic programs document our belief that transformational education includes all aspects of our work, producing graduates who are equipped both professionally and personally. We demonstrate this belief in a number of ways, including our Strategic Planning processes and our regular Academic Program Reviews. Through these processes, we monitor a variety of goals and outcomes.
PBA’s current catalogs provide consistent information regarding our mission statement and the availability of locations and programs available at branch campuses. Archived editions of the catalogs are made available electronically and in the Warren Library.
Retention Rate – Continual improvement in the federal freshman to sophomore retention rate is an institutional focus via the strategic plan and an ongoing task group designated by the president. The current goal is 76%. Data via the link shows recent retention rates with the highest at 75%.
Research – PBA’ institutional budget supports faculty and student research with $48,000 in grants per year. Corporation and community grants provide additional resources. In 2015-16, external grants totaled almost $334,522. Enlightening Minds: Research Review highlight projects and people annually for peer institutions, funding organizations, and alumni groups.
Internships – Experiential learning via internships, field experiences, student teaching, or clinical placement are all high-impact practices as defined by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). PBA students rank these equivalent to peers at Carnegie classification institutions. PBA’s strategic plan includes a major section for engaged learning initiatives. Sixty-six percent of recent bachelor’s graduates completed at least one course of this type.
Graduation Rate – In conjunction with the goal for increased retention is a strategic plan goal to improve the bachelor’s graduation rate with each entering cohort of freshmen. The current goal is 60%. Data via the link shows recent graduation rates with the highest at 58%.
Professional Licensure – Graduates from the following programs consistently perform at the highest levels on external measures such as pass rates for state licensure: Gregory School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, Department of Education.
Job Placement – PBA participates with other Independent Colleges and Universities in Florida (ICUF) institutions in submitting data on graduates to the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP). Those alumni who remain in Florida and who are employed one year after graduation, are represented in aggregate on the report with a calculation of quarterly earnings.
Grad School Enrollment – Many PBA bachelor graduates continue to graduate school as demonstrated by this ten-year review in the PBA Fact Book.
Average Indebtedness – Average debt levels for all graduating seniors in the United States with student loans rose to $29,400 in 2012, a 25% increase from $23,450 in 2008.
Consumer Guide – Additional information required by the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) is communicated annually to students, faculty and staff. Data in the link provided includes the Campus Crime Statistics Report, NCAA Grad Rate and Academic Success Rate.
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