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Student Achievement

Student Achievement at Somerset Community College

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) asks that each member institution provide to its students, constituents, and the public, information about “its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals. Information on student success may include reliable information on retention, graduation, course completion, licensure examinations, and job placement rates and other measures of student success appropriate to institutional mission.” Somerset Community College (SCC) identifies these measures for student achievement.

Each measure includes the most recent data available, a definition of the measure, and targets (goals) derived from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Strategic Plan or as determined by SCC.

  1. Number of Credentials Awarded:

 

Definition: Annual count of Associate degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded.

Source: Official data as reported to the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

Goal: The College’s goal for this measure is to meet or exceed the target established by KCTCS.

 

 

 

  1. Number of Associate Degrees Awarded:


 

Definition: Annual count of Associate degrees awarded.

Source: Official data as reported to the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

Goal: The College’s goal for this measure is to meet or exceed the target established by KCTCS.

 

  1. Number of Transfers:

 

Definition/Source: The annual number of students who enter a public, independent or proprietary postsecondary institution in Kentucky as a first-time transfer student, and the number of students other than first-time transfer students who transfer credit into any public, independent or proprietary four-year institution, such as visiting, dual credit, or workforce students, as reported in CPE’s Comprehensive Database.

Goal: The College’s goal for this measure is to meet or exceed the target established by KCTCS.

  1. High Wage/High Demand Completions:

Definition: Number of unduplicated credentials in programs crosswalked to a high wage, high demand occupation.

Source: CPE Official; Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2014; Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2016; Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2018; Kentucky Occupational Outlook to 2020; workforcekentucky.ky.gov - 2007, 2008, 2009 Occupational Wages (OES) extracted 11/09; 2010 Occupational Wages extracted 06/10; 2011 Occupational Wages extracted 02/12; 2012 Occupational Wages Crosswalk (SOCXCIP), National Crosswalk Service Center; NCES CIP 2010-SOC 2010 Crosswalks.

Goal: The College’s goal for this measure is to meet or exceed the target established by KCTCS.

 

  1. Wage Index:

Definition: Median quarterly wage of all graduates making at least $2,500 in the second quarter postgraduation divided by the Kentucky median occupational wage (occupational wage divided by four for comparison to quarterly wage).

Source: Official CPE graduate data, UI wage match (2nd quarter post-graduation), Office of Employment and Training’s Occupational Wagees (OES).

Goal: The College’s goal for this measure is to meet or exceed the target established by KCTCS.

 

  1. Graduation and Transfer-out Rates:

Definition: Graduation rate is the percent of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate seeking students who completed a credential within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled. Transfer –out rate is the percentage of full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution without earning a credential. N is the number of institutions in the comparison group.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Winter 2014-15, Graduation Rates component and Spring 2014, Fall Enrollment component.

Target/Goal: The College’s goal for these measures is to meet or exceed the peer comparison group.

  1. Retention Rate:

Definition: The percentage of first-time students who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall. Retention rates are measured from the fall of first enrollment to the following fall.

N is the number of institutions in the comparison group.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Winter 2014-15, Graduation Rates component and Spring 2014, Fall Enrollment component.

Target/Goal: The College’s goal for these measures is to meet or exceed the peer comparison group.