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Student Achievement

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 and a definition of the measure derived from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Strategic Plan or as determined by SCC.

Number of Credentials Awarded

Total Credentials Awarded
Year Number of Credentials Awarded
2018-19 2,883
2019-20 3,147
2020-21 2,869
2021-22 2,625
2022-23 2,672

Definition: Annual count of Associate degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded.
Source: Official data as reported to the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). 

Number of Associate Degrees Awarded

Associate Degrees Awarded
Year Number of Associate Degrees Awarded
2018-19 697
2019-20 787
2020-21 735
2021-22 644
2022-23 678

Definition: Annual count of Associate degrees awarded.
Source: Official data as reported to the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

Graduation/Transfer-Out Rates

Graduation/Transfer-Out Rates: Entered Fall 2019, Graduated by Summer 2022
Group Graduation Rate Transfer-Out Rate
SCC 43% 9%
Comparison Group 29% 15%

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.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Graduation Rates component.

Retention Rates

Retention Rates: Fall 2021 to Fall 2022
Group Full-Time Retention Rate Part-Time Retention Rate
SCC 58% 43%
Comparison Group 62% 42%

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.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS): Fall Enrollment component.

Student Engagement

Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)
Benchmark 2014 Report 2016 Report 2018 Report 2020 Report
Active and Collaborative Learning 46.2 51.1 50.1 50.1
Student Effort 51.7 49.9 47.8 48.1
Academic Challenge 50.3 54.8 54.0 54.0
Student-Faculty Interaction 51.6 54.8 56.5 56.1
Support for Learners 52.2 53.4 50.7 50.1

Definition: The total CCSSE cohort mean for each benchmark is 50.
Source: CCSSE, University of Texas, Austin