Student Achievement Data

Student Achievement Data Sheets

College of the Mainland (COM) is in compliance with SACSCOC Standard 8.1:

The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success.

COM identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and objectives for student achievement appropriate to its mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success. These include:

  • Full-time equivalents (FTE)
  • Gateway course completion
  • Completed attempted courses
  • Number of degrees and certificates awarded
  • Successful completion of college level math in first year (new 2017)
  • Successful completion of college level English in first year (new 2017)
  • National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) total completion rate (new 2017)
  • Fall-to-fall retention
  • Year 1-to-Year 2 persistence
  • Completion of a college-level course
  • Graduation rate
  • Job placement
  • State licensure examinations

For each of the identified student achievement indicators there are three data points:

  • The minimum performance level is the threshold above which a measure should be maintained.
  • The target performance level is the established threshold to meet or surpass expectations -- essentially a benchmark.
  • The actual performance level is the current level of performance in the defined measure.

Where data are available, student achievement is compared with that of the College’s peers -- medium sized community colleges in Texas -- with the minimum threshold performance target established at the three-year average of those peers. Otherwise, institutional historical trends provide context for minimum acceptable level of performance thresholds were identified based on a review of institutional historical trend data for institutional measures. Goals were set based on the alignment of the College mission and the College’s strategic plan to the state’s higher education strategic plan: 60 percent of young adults (25-34) in Texas will hold some type of postsecondary credential by 2030.

Peer benchmarking and comparisons are found at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Accountability interactive website. A three-year average of the medium-sized community colleges was set as the threshold of acceptability for each indicator where available.

At the state level colleges are grouped by size for peer comparison.

To meet the state of Texas goal to have an educated workforce, COM’s proportion is one percent. Currently COM is exceeding the aspirational targets we have set to achieve the objectives. In order to achieve the 2025, target the College needed to pass a bond for facilities. In October, 2019 COM passed a 162.5 million dollar bond.

Fall Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

Min Threshold Current FA2018 2018 Target 2019 Target 2020 Target 2022 Target 2025 Target Status As of
FTE 2,700 3,121 2,800 3,300 3.400 3,600 4,000 11% FA 2018

Historical Full-Time Equivalents

Historical Full-Time Equivalents chart data.

Gateway Courses

Min Threshold 3yr Average Current 2018 2018 Target 2019 Target 2020 Target 2022 Target 2025 Target Status As of
English 71% 77% 77% 77% 78% 78% 78% 0 AY 2018
Math 57% 61% 63% 65% 68% 70% 75% -3% AY 2018
Core Courses 74% 77% 77% 78% 79% 80% 80% 0 AY 2018
Distance Education 71% 74% 77% 75% 76% 78% 80% --4 AY 2018

The course completion rate for the 2017 cohort was 76%. College of the Mainland is implementing a variety of measures to increase course completion rates. These include co-requisite education, Guided Pathways, Math Pathways, and increased numbers of professional tutors and supplemental instruction. Finally, College of the Mainland is implementing use of EAB (formerly known as the Education Advisory Board) student success software to improve course completion rates.

Number of Degrees and Certificates Awarded

In order for the Gulf Coast region to have a qualified educated workforce, each college aligns its strategic plan and goals with regional targets which are aligned with the state strategic plan of 60x30. COM’s proportion of degrees and certificates to be awarded by 2025 is 1,400. To achieve the milestone the College must increase awards by at least five percent per year. Currently the college is exceeding the target by 28%.

Min Threshold 3yr Average Current 2018 2018 Target 2019 Target 2020 Target 2022 Target 2025 Target Status As of
Degrees and Certificates Awarded 670 894 700 900 1,000 1,300 1,400 28% AY 2018
Total degrees and certificates chart data

Successful Completion of college level work in one academic year is a new metric aligning with guided pathways work. The minimum threshold is set at the current year actual results. Aspirational targets have been set to align with the College’s strategic plan and completion goals. Initiatives implemented to increase completion rates include:

  • Co-requisite model for development education
  • Math pathways
  • Supplemental instruction
  • Centralized tutoring
Min Threshold Current 2018 2018 Target 2019 Target 2020 Target 2022 Target 2025 Target Status As of
Complete Dev Read/Writing (IRW) within 1 yr 51% 51% 50% 60% 65% 68% 75% 0.02 AY 2018
Complete Dev Math within 1 yr 43% 43% 50% 60% 65% 68% 75% -0.14 AY 2018
Complete Gateway English within 1 yr 57% 57% 60% 60% 65% 68% 75% -0.05 AY 2018
Complete Gateway Math within 1 yr 36% 36% 50% 60% 65% 68% 75% -0.28 AY 2018
  • Fall-to-fall retention
  • Year 1-to-Year 2 persistence
Peer 3-yr Average (Min Threshold) COM Current 2018 2018 Target 2019 Target 2020 Target 2022 Target 2025 Target Status As of
One Year FT-FTIC (Same or Other Institution) 65% 67% 75% 80% 85% 85% 85% -11% FA 2017
Two Year Persistence FT-FTIC (Same or Other Institution)* 52% 56% 60% 62% 65% 68% 70% -7% FA 2017

(* ACT National data set 2-year persistence rate: 55%)

COM exceeded its peer institution one and two-year persistence rates. COM set aggressive aspirational performance targets for 2018-2025 in order to attempt to make significant impact and change.

Completion of a college-level course within 2 years

Completion of college-level courses is an important milestone to degree completion and student achievement. The THECB collects and maintains an accountability dataset for community colleges allowing for peer and benchmark comparisons. COM’s goals are improvement year over year and exceeding the three-year average of the peer institutions for both prepared and underprepared students.

Prepared Students

Math Completion Prepared Students Peer 3-yr Average (Min Threshold) COM Current 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Status As of
COM 58% 34% 36% 33% 40% 58% FA 2015
Peer Institutions 52% 47% 49% 52% 55% 63% FA 2015

With Math pathways and corequisites implemented, these data points should begin to show improvements. The 2015 data are the latest data available. This metric will be phased out as the new completion within one year metric is phased in.

Reading Completion Prepared Students Peer 3-yr Average (Min Threshold) COM Current 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Status As of
COM 74% 51% 52% 56% 62% 74% FA 2015
Peer Institutions 67% 61% 63% 68% 71% 74% FA 2015
Writing Completion Prepared Students Peer 3-yr Average (Min Threshold) COM Current 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Status As of
COM 72% 51% 63% 59% 67% 72% FA 2015
Peer Institutions 66% 61% 64% 66% 67% 71% FA 2015

Unprepared Students

Math Completion Unprepared Students Peer 3-yr Average (Min Threshold) COM Current 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Status As of
COM 25% 11% 13% 11% 17% 25% FA 2015
Peer Institutions 25% 13% 13% 17% 20% 25% FA 2015
Reading Completion Unprepared Students Peer 3-yr Average (Min Threshold) COM Current 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Status As of
COM 56% 18% 38% 32% 51% 56% FA 2015
Peer Institutions 41% 26% 28% 33% 37% 41% FA 2015
Writing Completion Unprepared Students Peer 3-yr Average (Min Threshold) COM Current 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Status As of
COM 72% 51% 63% 59% 67% 72% FA 2015
Peer Institutions 66% 61% 64% 66% 67% 71% FA 2015
  • Graduation rate
  • Job placement
  • State licensure examinations
Peer 3-yr Average (Min Threshold) Current 2018 Target 2019 Target 2020 Target 2022 Target 2025 Target Status As of
3-year Rate 24% 30% 22% 28% 30% 33% 35% 9% AY 2017
6-year Rate 34% 37% 32% 33% 35% 38% 40% -6% AY 2017
Total Graduate Status (Working &/or Enrolled) 90% 89% 90% 90% 90% 90% 90% -1% AY 2017
Licensure and Certification Examination Pass Rate (state average) 88% 89% 90% 95% 95% 95% 95% -1% AY 2016

COM has implemented several initiatives to increase student achievement and impact graduation rates. In 2013 the graduation rate was 15% compared to the most recent graduation rate of 30%.

COM Graduation Rates chart

2017 Licensure and Certification Examination Pass Rate COM and State Percentages

Licensure Area COM State Wide
Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist 99% 97%
Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, and Nail Instructor 85% 87%
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 92% 91%
Criminal Justice/Police Science 99% 99%
Dental Assisting/Assistant 89% 99%
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 96% 93%
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 98% 77%
Fire Science/Firefighting 98% 95%
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 100% 93%
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 88% 92%
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 91% 91%
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 96% 95%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 93% 90%

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