Student Achievement Data
Measures of Student Achievement
COM has identified five measures of student achievement:
- Completion Rate (graduation rate according to National Student Clearinghouse)
- Gateway course completion (successful completion of college-level math or college-level English in the first year)
- Persistence rate (percentage over a one-year period)
- Licensure and Certification Examination Pass Rate
- Transfer Rate (over a six-year period)
For each of the identified student achievement indicators there are three data points:
- Threshold of Acceptability: the minimum performance level above which a measure should be maintained
- Achievement Goal: the target performance level to meet or surpass expectations
- Outcome: the actual current level of performance
In determining these data points, the following types of criteria were utilized to justify the appropriateness of thresholds of acceptability and achievement goals:
- Peers: Where data are available, student achievement was compared with that of the College’s peers (medium sized Texas community colleges) with the threshold of accountability established at the three-year average of those peers.
- State/System Accountability Benchmarks: Peer benchmarking and comparisons are available through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Accountability interactive website; see the 2018 Accountability Report downloaded from the THECB website.
- Institutional Trend Data: COM’s historical trend data provided additional context for establishing thresholds of acceptability as well as achievement goals.
- Threshold of Acceptability = 23%
- Achievement goal = 40%
The Completion Rate is defined as the graduation rate based on information from the National Student Clearinghouse. The table below documents COM’s actual performance levels from Fall 2013 through Fall 2018.
|Institution||Fall 13 - Fall 16||Fall 14 - Fall 17||Fall 15 - Fall 18|
|Cohort||Graduated||Rate %||Cohort||Graduated||Rate %||Cohort||Graduated||Rate %|
Gateway Course Completion:
- Threshold of Acceptability increases each year with = 60% for Gateway English in 2019 and 40% for Gateway math in 2019
- Achievement goal increases each year with = 65% for Gateway English in 2019 and 40% for Gateway math in 2019
Gateway courses are typically defined as those first courses students need to complete before moving forward. Completion of these courses is a leading indicator for success of a student in many programs. COM defines Gateway Course Completion as successful completion of either college-level math or college-level English in the first year. COM’s gateway courses are English composition (ENGL-1301) and all 1000 level mathematics courses (MATH-1314, MATH-1332, or MATH-1342)
The minimum threshold is set at the actual outcome for academic year 2017. Aspirational targets have been set to align with the College’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023 and completion goals. The table below documents COM’s actual performance levels annually from Fall 2013 through Fall 2018, based on institutional trend data.
|Academic Year||Threshhold||Goal %||Actual||Increase/decrease % over Goal|
|Complete Gateway English within 1 year||2017||57%||New Strategic Plan||57%||0|
|Complete Gateway Math within 1 year||2017||28%||New Strategic Plan||36%||+8|
- Threshold of Acceptability = 66%
- Achievement goal = 75%
Students returning from one fall term to the next is an indicator of success and progress. COM seeks to exceed peer state-wide averages for all community colleges and the medium size peer average for one and two year persistence rates. One-year persistence rates for medium-size community colleges are determined by the percentage of first-time, degree-seeking students enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours (SCH) in the fall semester who are still enrolled at the same or another Texas public or private (independent) the following fall semester.
The table below documents COM’s actual performance levels from Fall 2015 through Fall 2018.
|Institution||Fall 2015 - Fall 2016||Fall 2016 - Fall 2017||Fall 2017 - Fall 2018*|
|Cohort||Persisted||Rate %||Cohort||Persisted||Rate %||Cohort||Persisted||Rate %|
|ACT National data set 2-year persistence rate: 55%
*Note: Hurricane Harvey had an impact on enrollment and retention in 2017
Licensure and Certification Examination Pass Rate
- Threshold of Acceptability = 85%
- Achievement goal = 90%
In keeping with the role and mission of the Texas public junior (community college) as defined by Texas Education Code (Title 3, Subtitle G, Chapter 130), COM provides a number of workforce programs that prepare students for occupational licensure and certification examinations. These programs are cosmetology (esthetician specialist and operator), law enforcement, fire protection, pharmacy technician, paramedic, registered nursing, licensed vocational nursing, medical coding, and medical assisting.
The table below documents COM’s actual performance levels for Academic Year 2013-2014 through 2017-2018.
|AY 13-14||AY 14-15||AY 15-16||AY 16-17||AY 17-18||Statewide|
|Nursing — RN||98%||97%||99%||93%||88%||90%|
|Nursing — LVN||100%||100%||100%||100%||92%||93%|
- Threshold of Acceptability = 14%
- Achievement goal = 16%
In 2018, COM added transfer rate as a success measure for student achievement. Transfer data is available through the THECB’s Texas Higher Education Accountability System resource website. On the THECB online resumes for Texas community colleges, transfer is defined as students who transfer to a 4-year institution with 30 credit hours.
The table below documents COM’s actual performance levels for Academic Year 2014 through 2018.