Student Achievement

Beaufort County Community College uses standards for student achievement that are based on performance measures adopted by the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) and College-defined student goals. NCCCS measures are published in an annual Performance Measures report. College-defined student goals include course completion, retention, and job placement.

Performance Measures

On an annual basis, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) evaluates each community college in North Carolina on seven established state and federal performance measures for individual student success that are appropriate to higher education. These measures are as follows:

  1. Basic Skills Student Progress
  2. Student Success Rate in College-level English Courses
  3. Student Success Rate in College-level Math Courses
  4. First-year Progression
  5. Curriculum Student Completion
  6. Licensure and Certificate Passing Rate
  7. College Transfer Performance

The NCCCS’ State and Federal Performance Measures report is published annually and includes system-wide baseline percentages (for both credit and non-credit coursework) for each area measured, as well as the average percentage across all colleges within the NCCCS. Colleges are rated for each performance indicator as follows:

  • Met or exceeded the excellence level
  • Above the college average, but below the excellence level
  • Above the baseline level, but below the college average
  • Below the baseline level

The College defines the expected threshold of achievement for each of these performance measures to be “above the baseline level.” The rationale for this definition of achievement is to ensure uniformity across all measures and comparability to similar institutions within North Carolina.

Based on data in the 2017 Performance Measures report, as shown in the following table, the College achieved the threshold for acceptable performance in all but one category (curriculum completion).


BASIC SKILLS PROGRESS

CREDIT ENGLISH SUCCESS

CREDIT MATH

SUCCESS

FIRST YEAR

PROGRESSION

CURR COMPLETION RATE

LICENSURE PASSING RATE

TRANSFER

PERFORMANCE

System Excellence Level

68.3%

55.9%

32.5%

75.0%

51.9%

90.9%

87.6%

System Baseline

34.5%

23.8%

10.1%

54.1%

35.9%

69.9%

65.1%

Average College Percentage

59.1%

50.9%

29.0%

70.5%

43.7%

82.0%

82.5%

System Totals (All Students)

58.3%

52.0%

29.8%

69.7%

44.0%

84.1%

82.8%

Beaufort County CC

44.9%

35.7%

27.5%

66.9%

35.1%

78.6%

81.2%

The reports below are official reports released by the North Carolina Community College System. Each report details goals for student achievement and success of students in achieving those goals at Beaufort County Community College along with all other community colleges in North Carolina.

2017 Performance Measures Report

2016 Performance Measures Report

2015 Performance Measures Report

2014 Performance Measures Report

2013 Performance Measures Report

Course Completion Rates

Course completion is defined as the percentage of students who complete the course with a passing grade. The expected threshold of achievement for course completion is 75% across all modes of instruction. The rationale for this level reflects the variation in student ability to successfully master content of coursework. The following table demonstrates successful attainment of this threshold and shows that completion rates are comparable across all modes of instruction.


Course Completion Rates

Mode of Instruction

2013FA

2014FA

2015FA

2016FA

Traditional

89.1%

86.1%

91.4%

91.7%

Hybrid

78.8%

78.1%

81.9%

82.6%

Distance Education

86.3%

88.6%

89.5%

91.2%

Student Retention Rates

Student retention is evaluated for students returning from fall-to-spring and from fall-to-fall. The College defines the acceptable level of achievement for fall to spring retention as 75%. Given the unique circumstances that students at Beaufort County Community College encounter with respect to employment, family responsibilities, etc., the College defines the acceptable level of achievement for fall-to-fall retention at 60%. The following table of data from the previous four years demonstrates achievement of the acceptable level of performance in both measures except for fall-to-fall retention for students attending in fall 2014. Fall-to-fall retention for students attending in Fall 2014 was impacted affected by termination of the College’s participation in the federal student loan program during summer 2015.


Fall to Spring Retention

Fall to Fall Retention

Fall 2016

77.5%

66.1%

Fall 2015

74.5%

62.4%

Fall 2014

75.7%

57.4%

Fall 2013

75.2%

61.1%

Job Placement

Job placement data for college graduates employed in North Carolina is obtained from NC Tower. The College defines the acceptable threshold for achievement such that 75% of associate degree graduates for the academic year will be employed in North Carolina within one year of graduation. The rationale for this definition recognizes that a significant percentage of graduates will continue their education after graduation. The following table of data from NC Tower demonstrates that the College achieved the acceptable level of performance for the previous four years of available data. Data for 2016-2017 graduates is not yet available on NC Tower.


Academic Years


2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Percent of graduates employed in North Carolina within one year of graduation

77%

79%

83%

79%