Student Success and Institutional Effectiveness

Dominican is proud of our students’ achievements and the success of our programs. The University has internal processes for assessing student learning and assuring program quality, and we adhere to standards and processes established by our regional and programmatic accreditors.

Student success and institutional effectiveness go hand in hand at Dominican. Institutional Effectiveness encompasses a wide range of equity-based evaluation and assessment activities for the purposes of active reflection, strategic planning, and continuous improvement.

There are four sections describing our data:

  • University Facts
  • Student Learning
  • Student Experience and Achievement
  • Career Outcomes

University Facts

The University Facts provides a comprehensive look at who our students are and what they study, as well as their persistence and completion rates. 

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Student Learning

At Dominican, students explore purpose and meaning through breadth of knowledge in general education and a depth of knowledge in majors and graduate study. Learning outcomes are important in developing and assessing students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities as they advance through the core curriculum, as well as within their specific fields of study.

The Institutional Learning Outcomes represent our commitment that every Dominican Graduate will have the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and personal capabilities throughout their studies and experiences.

Goal: Exploration and Acquisition of Knowledge

Goal: Practice of Civic Skills and Social Responsibility

Students explore: 

Purpose and meaning through breadth of knowledge in general education and a depth of knowledge in majors and graduate study.  

Students gain skills to become global citizens who act within diverse contexts. 

Students practice:

  • Ethical reasoning
  • Leadership and collaboration
  • Commitment to sustainability and social justice
  • Intercultural understanding and respect for difference 

Goal: Development of intellectual, professional and artistic skills

Goal: Cultivation of Well-Being

Students prepare for a successful life and career through research and practical application of skills.

Students develop: 

  • Critical thinking and creative expression
  • Qualitative and quantitative reasoning
  • Effective communication
  • Information literacy

Students engage in personal development to build resilience and support the flourishing of self and others. 

Students cultivate: 

  • Mental, physical, and spiritual health
  • Respectful relationships and empathy
  • A habit of mind for lifelong learning


Each undergraduate and graduate program has a link to their learning outcomes on their program page as well as the course catalog. 

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Dominican students have multiple opportunities to make their learning visible. The pages below highlight some examples:


Student Experience and Achievement

During their time at Dominican, students are immersed in personal development opportunities to build resilience and support the flourishing of self and others, while becoming prepared for a successful life and career through research and practical application of skills. Through the four high-impact practices of the Dominican Experience, as well as additional opportunities to engage more broadly with the campus and the greater community, students are empowered to persist and complete their degree.

The Dominican Experience is designed for the twenty-first century student –– the thinker, the doer, the artist, the activist, the trailblazer, the entrepreneur –– from every walk of life.

Learn About the Dominican Experience

Engaged learning is an area of distinction for Dominican. Students have multiple opportunities to participate in research, events, community service, groups, clubs, activities, and more. The pages below highlight some examples:

What is the NSSE? 

The National Survey of Student Engagement collects important information about first-year and senior students' participation in programs for their learning and personal development. The results provide valuable insights into how students spend their time and what they gain from attending Dominican.

Senior engagement in high-impact practices

Percentage of senior respondents who reported participating in the following high-impact practices (HIPs) during their time at Dominican:

Participation in 2+ HIPs 77%
Community-Based Project/Service-Learning 76%
Internship or Field Experience 70%
Culminating Senior Experience 68%
Research with Faculty 38%
Learning Community 29%
Study Abroad 21%

Areas of greatest gains from Dominican education:

Senior respondents reported that their educational experience at Dominican most greatly contributed to their knowledge, skills, and ability toward “Working effectively with others.” The table below displays additional areas of growth identified by senior respondents who said that their experience at Dominican contributed “very much” or “quite a bit” toward each area. 

Working Effectively with Others 88%
Thinking Critically and Analytically 87%
Writing Clearly and Effectively 82%
Job- or Work-Related Knowledge/Skills 77%
Solving Complex Real-World Problems 70%

Career Outcomes

Dominican educates and prepares students to become ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community, and service into their lives. Upon graduation, alumni enter a variety of fulfilling career paths and/or courses of study to continue their education.

Read about recent alumni success in our News Hub.

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All information for this section was reported by 2017-18 Dominican graduates who participated in The Outcomes Survey one year after graduation.

Top industries of employment include:

  • Healthcare/Health Services 
  • Education 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Medicine
  • Sciences
  • Banking
  • Marketing 
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy

Select employers of 2017-18 graduates:

  • 360 Concepts
  • Adventist Health
  • Aether Management Services
  • Alkahest
  • Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital
  • Boost Biomes
  • Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • California Hand Rehabilitation
  • California State Assembly-Marc Levine
  • City of Oakland
  • Colorado State University
  • Contra Costa County
  • County of Marin
  • John Muir Behavioral Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Kaweah Delta health center
  • Kentfield School District
  • Marin Community Clinic
  • Marin County District Attorney Office
  • Marin General
  • Novato Unified School District
  • Outdoor Autism and Special Issues School
  • Providence St. Joseph
  • San Jose Unified School District 
  • San Rafael City Schools
  • Sport & Spine Therapy of Marin
  • Sutter Health
  • Tamalpais Union High School District
  • The Mayo Clinic

Top areas of study for Dominican graduates who continued their education in graduate programs include:

  • Health professions and related programs 
  • Business, management, marketing, and related support services
  • Biological and biomedical sciences 
  • Education 
  • Psychology 

Sample of graduate schools that 2017-18 Dominican graduates attend:

  • Colorado State University
  • Georgetown University 
  • San Francisco State University
  • Touro University California 
  • University of California Davis
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Washington

Graduates who reported the contribution of their education in allowing them to affect various post-graduate outcomes said that Dominican had the most considerable influence on their “Personal Enrichment.” The table below displays additional areas of growth identified by alumni who said that their experience at Dominican was “Very helpful” or “Helpful” in achieving each outcome. (Please note, percentages do not include students who responded, “Have not yet formed an opinion.”)

Personal Enrichment  93%
Professional Prestige 84%
Impact on Society 81%
Job Satisfaction 81%
Employment Opportunities 77%

All information for this section was reported by 2017-2018 Dominican graduates who participated in The Outcomes Survey one year after graduation.

Meet the Team

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Lisa Slater Nicholls

Solutions Architect
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Yu-Ti Huang, PhD, DMin, EngD

Director of Institutional Research
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Leah Ozeroff, EdD, MA

Director of Educational Effectiveness

Alumni Success Stories