The Performance Measures for Student Success Report is the North Carolina Community College System’s major accountability document. This annual performance report is based on data compiled from the previous year and serves to inform colleges and the public on the performance of our 58 community colleges.
Table 1. Performance Measures Trend Data
|Basic Skills Progress *||Percent of Basic Skills students who have post-tested and have accumulated 12+ contact hours during program year, and completed the program year at a higher educational functioning level.||66.4%||68.3%||46.6%||49.7%||40.9%||51.2%|
|Credit English Success †||Percentage of first‐time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway students passing a credit‐bearing English course with a "C" or better within their first two academic years||45.7%||55.9%|
|Fall 2013 Cohort||46.9%||23.8%|
|Credit Math Success †||Percentage of first‐time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway students passing a credit‐bearing Math course with a "C" or better within their first two academic years||24.7%||32.5%|
|Fall 2013 Cohort||26.9%||10.1%|
|First Year Progression||Percent of first-time fall semester credential-seeking students with at least 12 credit hours in the academic year who successfully complete at least 12 credit hours.||69.9%||75.0%||66.0%||75.1%||69.2%||74.6%|
|Fall 2014 Cohort *||68.4%||54.1%||67.1%||68.3%||67.8%||53.2%|
|Curriculum Student Completion Rate||Percentage of first‐time fall credential seeking students who graduate, transfer, or are still enrolled with 36 non‐developmental hours after 6 years||37.4%||51.9%||43.8%||51.8%||38.0%||45.6%|
|Fall 2009 Cohort *||44.1%||35.9%||43.4%||43.6%||41.6%||28.6%|
|Licensure Passing Rate||Percent of first-time fall semester credential-seeking students with at least 12 credit hours in the academic year who successfully complete at least 12 credit hours.||78.4%||90.9%||69.0%||79.1%||77.2%||91.7%|
|Transfer Performance *||Percent of Associate degree completers or those with 30+ hours who transfer to a 4-year college/university who earn a GPA of 2.00 (2.25 at UNC-system schools) or better after 2 consecutive semesters at that institution.||92.0%||87.6%||86.0%||86.8%||97.1%||93.3%|
History of Performance Measures
In 1993, the State Board of Community Colleges began monitoring performance data on specific measures to ensure public accountability for programs and services. In 1998, the General Assembly directed the State Board to review past performance measures and define standards to ensure programs and services offered by community colleges in North Carolina were of sufficient quality. The result of this process was a measure of college performance called Critical Success Factors (CSF). CSF is no longer used, but past performance by HCC on CSF can be seen at: HCC Critical Success Factors.
In 2010, President Scott Ralls established a Performance Measures Committee to develop new performance-based student success measures to go into effect in 2013.
Beginning in 2013 (with data from the 2011-12 reporting year), the North Carolina Community College System Office began issuing a report on each community college's achievement on a set of Performance Measures. The eight measures included in the Performance Measures are:
- Basic Skills Student Progress*
- GED Diploma Passing Rate*
- Developmental Student Success Rate in College‐Level English Courses
- Developmental Student Success Rate in College‐Level Math Courses
- First Year Progression
- Curriculum Completion
- Licensure and Certification Passing Rate
- College Transfer Performance
*Basic Skills Student Progress and GED Diploma Pass Rates are not performance funding components in 2013
In 2015, the performance measures were modified once again, replacing GED Diploma Attainment, Developmental Student Success Rate in College‐Level English Courses, and Developmental Student Success Rate in College‐Level Math Courses with Credit English Success and Credit Math Success. Also, the definitions of the Basic Skills Progress and Transfer Performance, as well as the cohorts for First Year Progression and Curriculum Student Completion Rate, were redefined. See the full report for current definitions.