North Carolina Community College System Performance Measures

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) establishes performance measures for the 58 community colleges in North Carolina. System Excellence and System Baseline benchmarks are set for each measure. The seven measures are described below.

Performance Measures for 2018-2019 (based on 2017-2018 data)

1. Basic Skills Student Progress, 2017-2018

PURPOSE: To ensure adult students with low literacy skills are progressing academically toward basic skill attainment necessary for employment and self-sufficiency.
PERFORMANCE MEASURE: The percentage of periods of participation (POP) with a measurable skill gain (MSG) in Basic Skills studies.
BENCHMARKS: System Excellence = 50.6% / System Baseline = 24.2%
Central Piedmont Measurable Skill Gain = 33.8%

2. Student Success Rate in College-Level English Courses, Fall 2015 Cohort

PURPOSE: To ensure students are successfully completing credit-bearing English courses within their first three academic years.
PERFORMANCE MEASURE: The percentage of first-time associate degree and transfer pathway students in Fall 2015 who earned at least a grade of “C” in college credit English courses within three years.
BENCHMARKS: System Excellence = 66.6% / System Baseline = 40.1%
Central Piedmont Success Rate = 68.9%

3. Student Success Rate in College-Level Math Courses, Fall 2015 Cohort

PURPOSE: To ensure students are successfully completing credit-bearing Math courses within their first three academic years.
PERFORMANCE MEASURE: The percentage of first-time, fall 2015 associate degree seeking and transfer pathway students passing college credit Math courses with at least a grade of  “C” within three years.
BENCHMARKS: System Excellence = 46.2% / System Baseline = 19.5%
Central Piedmont Success rate = 46.7%

4. First Year Progression, Fall 2017

PURPOSE: To ensure first-year students reach an academic momentum point that helps predict their future completion of credentials.
PERFORMANCE MEASURE: The percentage of first-time, fall 2017, credential-seeking curriculum students who either graduated prior to, or enrolled in post secondary education the next fall semester.
BENCHMARKS: System Excellence = 71.9% / System Baseline = 56.6%.
Central Piedmont Progression Rate = 65.0%

5. Curriculum Completion, Fall 2014 Cohort

PURPOSE: To ensure student completion and/or persistence toward a post-secondary credential.
PERFORMANCE MEASURE: The percentage of first-time, fall 2014, credential-seeking curriculum students who graduated, transferred or were still enrolled during the fourth academic year and successfully completed at least 42 credit hours.
BENCHMARKS: System Excellence = 52.7% / System Baseline = 34.1%
Central Piedmont Completion Rate = 44.8%

6. Licensure and Certification Passing Rate, 2017-2018

PURPOSE: To ensure programmatic coursework prepares students to competently practice in their chosen profession.
PERFORMANCE MEASURE: The weighted index score of first-time test-taker results on licensure and certification exams. Exams included in this measure are state-mandated exams, which candidates must pass before becoming active practitioners. Weights are based on the tier associated with the related instructional program.
BENCHMARKS: System Excellence = 1.07 / System Baseline = 0.79
Central Piedmont Weighted Index Score = 1.09
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Cosmetology
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Dental Hygiene
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Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
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7. College Transfer Performance, 2016-2017 Community College Students

PURPOSE: To ensure the academic success of community college students who transfer to a four-year college or university.
PERFORMANCE MEASURE: The percentage of students who completed associate degrees, or at least 30 cumulative credit hours, during the 2016-2017 academic year and either graduated prior to, or were enrolled in four-year institutions the next fall semester.
BENCHMARKS: System Excellence = 89.4% / System Baseline = 74.4%
Central Piedmont Transfer Performance Rate= 86.6%