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Student Success Measures

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Student Success Measures

Central Alabama Community College (CACC) strives to ensure its students has a successful educational outcome. In doing so, CACC uses the following success measures: (1) graduation/completion rates, (2) persistence and retention rates, (3) early momentum key performance indicators, and (4) transfer-out rates.

GRADUATION/COMPLETION METRICS

Studies show that college graduates (1) earn significantly more money throughout their lifetime than those with only a high school education, (2) tend to have skills that qualify them for a broad range of employment opportunities, and (3) have better job security.

In order to determine whether CACC students are completing their program of study similarly to other two-year institutions on a national level, CACC compares its completion metrics using the National Student Clearinghouse® (NSC) Total Six-Year Completion Rate against the national benchmark of students who started at two-year public institutions.

SIX-YEAR OUTCOMES AND FIRST COMPLETION RATE - NSC

Target: CACC expects performance on this measure to fall within a 5% range of the national rate for two-year colleges.

COHORT CACC RATE NATIONAL RATE DIFFERENCE
Fall 2013 36.00% 40.76% -4.76%
Fall 2012 37.82% 39.22% -1.40%
Fall 2011 31.21% 37.53% -6.32%
Fall 2010 29.64% 39.29% -9.65%

The College closely monitors annual completions at the institutional level. A breakdown of the number of degrees and embedded certificates awarded by CACC is included below.

NUMBER OF DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE COMPLETIONS

Target: CACC expects performance on this measure to exceed the total number of degrees and certificates awarded from the previous year.

ACADEMIC YEAR AS AAS AOT CER STC TOTAL
2019-2020 114 78 20 57 380 649
2018-2019 123 79 22 76 279 579
2017-2018 125 56 28 94 154 457
2016-2017 139 73 19 79 65 375
2015-2016 145 95 18 94 208 560
2014-2015 104 124 13 53 18 312
2013-2014 157 60 7 34 21 279

RETENTION/PERSISTENCE RATES

Course completion is an important component of student success and is directly tied to persistence and retention. CACC uses the National Student Clearinghouse® (NSC) Institutional Persistence and Retention Report in comparing its overall persistence and retention rates with the national results for two-year public institutions.

OVERALL PERSISTENCE RATE – NSC

Target: CACC expects performance of the measure to fall within 5% of the national rate for two-year colleges.

COHORT CACC RATE NATIONAL RATE DIFFERENCE
Fall 2017 61.55% 68.25% -6.70%
Fall 2016 66.93% 62.17% +4.76%
Fall 2015 64.90% 62.70% +2.20%
Fall 2014 63.29% 62.69% +0.60%
Fall 2013 49.73% 62.21% -12.48%

OVERALL RETENTION RATE – NSC

Target: CACC expects performance of this measure to fall within 5% of the national rate for two-year colleges.

COHORT CACC RATE NATIONAL RATE DIFFERENCE
Fall 2017 49.24% 48.92% +0.32%
Fall 2016 59.43% 48.92% +10.51%
Fall 2015 56.81% 49.07% +7.74%
Fall 2014 56.39% 48.53% +7.86%
Fall 2013 39.05% 48.15% -9.1%

Early Momentum Key Performance Indicators

CACC is a member of the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA), the first national system of accountability created specifically for community colleges by community colleges.  The College collects and reports data on student outcomes using a selected set of key performance indicators (KPIs) that can be measured in one year or less. Since research indicates these KPIs have correlation with a greater likelihood of timely completion, CACC benchmarks its data against all other community colleges who report American Association of Community College (AACC) Pathways KPIs.

2018 Cohort Year – First Time in College

Target: CACC will exceed the credit hour Momentum KPI percentage rates reported by other VFA participating schools.

KPI CACC Other VFA Colleges Difference
Earned 6+ Credit First Term 76.7% 60.5% +16.2%
Earned 12+ Credits First Term 33.1% 28.0% +5.1%
Earned 15+ Credits First Term 57.4% 45.1% +12.3%
Earned 24+ Credits First Year 26.4% 24.5% +1.9%
Earned 30+ Credits First Year 11.5% 11.2% +0.3%

Target: CACC will exceed the credit hour Momentum KPI percentage rates reported by other VFA participating schools.

KPI CACC Other VFA Colleges Difference
First Year Credit Success Rates 75.6% 72.7% +2.9%

2017 Cohort Year – First Time in College

Target: CACC will exceed the credit hour Momentum KPI percentage rates reported by other VFA participating schools

KPI CACC Other VFA Colleges Difference
Earned 6+ Credit First Term 74.0% 57.9% +16.1%
Earned 12+ Credits First Term 40.7% 26.5% +14.2%
Earned 15+ Credits First Term 57.1% 43.6% +13.5%
Earned 24+ Credits First Year 38.5% 23.7% +14.8%
Earned 30+ Credits First Year 22.4% 11.3% +11.1%

Target: CACC will exceed the credit hour Momentum KPI percentage rates reported by other VFA participating schools.

KPI CACC Other VFA Colleges Difference
First Year Credit Success Rates 74.5% 72.5% +2.0%

Transfer-Out Rate

A large percentage of CACC students indicate plans to transfer to a 2-year specialized program or 4-year college or university to complete degree requirements. Therefore, the College monitors the transfer-out rates of students using the NSC StudentTrackerSM Tracking Transfer Institutional Benchmark Report. This report focuses on the cohort of first-time students who started their postsecondary studies at CACC in a specific cohort year and tracks their transfer and completion patterns at four-year institutions over a period of six years.

Target: CACC expects performance on this measure to fall within a 5% range of the national rate for two-year public colleges.

COHORT CACC RATE NATIONAL RATE DIFFERENCE
Fall 2012 34.21% 30.22% +3.99%
Fall 2011 29.82% 29.26% +0.56%
Fall 2010 28.38% 31.53% -3.15%

Key Terms:

Cohort is defined as first-time degree-seeking students who began their postsecondary studies in the Fall term of the cohort year.

Overall Total Completion Rate (Six-Year Outcomes and First Completion) is defined as the Percentage of First-time-in-college degree-seeking students by cohort year who were awarded an educational credential.

Retention Rate is defined as continued enrollment (or degree completion) within the same higher education institution in the fall semesters of a student’s first and second year.

Persistence Rate is defined as continued enrollment (or degree completion) at any higher education institution in the fall semesters of a student’s first and second year.

Transfer-Out Rate includes the cohort of students who began at Central Alabama Community College and tracks their transfer and completion patterns at four-year institutions over a period of six years.

Completion Rates
Fall 2010 Completions Report
Fall 2011 Completions Report
Fall 2012 Completions Report
Fall 2013 Completions Report

Persistence & Retention Rates
Persistence - Retention Report - Fall 2013-2017 Cohorts

Transfer-Out Rates
Transfer Tracking Report - Fall 2010
Transfer Tracking Report - Fall 2011
Transfer Tracking Report - Fall 2012