Statement of Goals for Student Achievement

In its Policy “Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure”, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that institutions publish “statements of goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals.”  Compliance with SACSCOC Core Requirement (CR) 8.1 (Student Achievement) includes the requirement that institutions publish goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students the institution serves, and the kinds of programs offered.

The specific criteria Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) has selected are:  retention rates, graduation rates, credential completion, and participation and pass rates on national licensure exams.  The goals for student achievement (target levels of student performance), thresholds (minimum accepted student performance), and outcomes (actual results) are reported for each of these criteria.  The goals, thresholds, and actual outcomes will be updated regularly and will provide evidence of compliance with the SACSCOC policy and the Core Requirement to peer evaluators who will review BRCC’s fifth year interim and decennial accreditation reports.

BRCC measures student achievement annually as part of its ongoing, integrated, institutional effectiveness process for evaluating how well it is achieving its mission, vision and values.  These efforts result in measures of student achievement that demonstrate the institution’s compliance with SACSCOC CR 8.1, to achieving the Key Student Completion Indicator, and, its commitment to meeting the performance indicators monitored by the Louisiana State Board of Regents.

Mission

The mission of Baton Rouge Community College, “to be the preferred provider of talent for a global marketplace”, reflects the intent behind the legislative creation of the College in response to a desegregation settlement agreement between the United States and the State of Louisiana.  The College continues as an open-enrollment institution that prepares “academically disadvantaged students for the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate and higher programs,” and provides vocational, technical, and adult education to enable students to take advantage of the developing workforce needs in the State of Louisiana.

1.   Retention
Fall-to Fall Retention

The Fall-to-Fall (first-to-second year) retention of first-time, full-time, degree- and credential-seeking students is a standard metric that BRCC tracks and reports to federal and state governing entities each year.  At BRCC, these cohorts consist of students who are attending college for the first-time, are enrolled for at least 12 semester hours, and are enrolled in a credit-earning program leading to a credential recognized by the Board of Regents.

The Fall-to-Fall retention rate is calculated based on the number of these students who enroll each fall and who are still enrolled in the subsequent fall.

Table 1.1:  Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate for First-time, Full-time, Degree- and Credential-Seeking Students

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

Fall 2019 to Fall 2020:

52.0%

47.2%

48.0%

*       Previously achieved five-year high (Fall 2017 to Fall 2018 Retention)

**    Previously achieved five-year average (years 2015-19)

 

Fall-to-Spring Retention 

The Fall-to-Spring retention of first-time, full-time, degree- and credential-seeking students is a standard metric that BRCC tracks and reports to state governing entities each year.  At BRCC, these cohorts consist of students who are attending college for the first-time, are enrolled for at least 12 semester hours, and are enrolled in a credit-earning program leading to a credential recognized by the Board of Regents.

The Fall-to-Spring retention rate is calculated based on the number of these students who enroll each fall and who are still enrolled in the subsequent spring.

Table 1.2:  Fall-to-Spring Retention Rate for First-time, Full-time, Degree- and Credential-Seeking Students

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

Fall 2019 to Spring 2020:

77.2%

75.0%

74.5%

*       Previously achieved five-year high (Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 Retention)

**    Previously achieved five-year average (years 2015-19)

 

2.   Graduation Rates

 Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS) “Outcome Measures” 8-Year Completion Rate (Key Student Completion Indicator)

Graduation rates, like retention rates, are standard metrics that BRCC tracks and reports to federal and state governing entities each year.  In 2017 and 2018, SACSCOC charged member institutions to select, from four available measures of graduation rates, the “Key Student Completion Indicator” the one that best represented the institution’s mission, the type of students served, and the nature of the programs offered.  The IPEDS “Outcomes Measures” Eight- (8-) Year Completion Rate was selected by BRCC because it includes all students entering the College (First-Time and Transfer-In; Full-Time and Part-Time).  At BRCC, approximately half of entering students fall into the category of First-Time, Full-Time (IPEDS “Outcome Measures, Year 2020); more than one-fourth of entering students come in with previous college credit (IPEDS “Outcome Measures, Year 2020); and BRCC enrolls a significant number of nontraditional students (who advance at a slower pace than traditional students).  An eight-year completion rate allows better tracking of long-term success of all BRCC students.[1]

Table 2.1:  IPEDS “Outcome Measures” Eight Year Completion Rate#

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2021 Reporting Year (for 2012-2013 Cohort)

16.0%

8.8%

16.0%

*       IPEDS Outcome Measures, Year 2021, Previous Five-Year High

**    Previous five-year average (years 2016-20)

#    Key Student Completion Indicator

 

IPEDS Graduation Rate, Traditional Measure

The graduation rate typically assessed in higher education is a measure of the first-time, full-time, degree- and credential-seeking students who complete in 150% of normal time.  This measure allows for comparison with institutions around the country as well as with peer institutions accredited by SACSCOC.  This measure of graduation rate is a key performance indicator selected for BRCC in the Board of Regents Strategic Plan.  At BRCC, these cohorts consist of the first-time, associate degree- (or other credential-) seeking students who enroll during a given fall, and complete their program within 150% of the normal time to completion for their program (for example, an associate degree program is normally two years in length, so 150% of normal time is three years).

 

Table 2.2:  Graduation Rate for First-Time, Full-Time, Degree- and Credential-Seeking Students

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2021 Reporting Year (for Fall 2017 Entering Cohort)

27.0%

13.0%

27.0%

*       Historic high, achieved in 2021

**    Previous five-year average (years 2016-20)

 

3.   Students Earning a Credential

 Total Unduplicated Count

The number of students (total unduplicated count) earning a credential recognized by the Board of Regents is a standard metric that BRCC tracks and reports to federal and state governing entities each year.  This metric aligns with Goal 1 (Foster Student Access and Success), Strategy 1.2 (Increase retention, completion, and transfer rates) of BRCC’s Strategic Plan, 2019-2024; with Goal 1 of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s (LCTCS) “Our Louisiana 2020” initiative; and with the Board of Regents’ Strategic Plan, 2020-21 to 2024-25.

 

Table 3.1:  Students earning a credential (certificate, technical diploma, associate degree)

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019-2020 Academic Year

1,704

1,671

1,590

*       Represents a 2% increase above the previous five-year average of 1,671

**    Previous five-year average (AY 2014-15 to 2018-19)

 

Adult Student Completers

The number of adult student completers (age 25 and older at start of graduation year) who complete a credential recognized by the Board of Regents is a key performance indicator selected for BRCC in the Board of Regents Strategic Plan, and is aligned with the 2019 Board of Regents’ Master Plan which calls for 60% of all working adults (ages 25-64) in Louisiana to hold a degree or high-value credential[2] by 2030.  Adult learners are a core constituency of BRCC, comprising approximately one-third of the student body.

 Table 3.2:  Adult Student Completers

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019-2020 Academic Year

838

822

960

*       Represents a 2% increase above the previous five-year average of 822

**    Previous five-year average (AY 2014-15 to 2018-19)

 

Under-Represented Minority Completers

The number of under-represented minority students earning a credential recognized by the Board of Regents is a key performance indicator selected for BRCC in the Board of Regents Strategic Plan.  Under-represented minority students are defined by Board of Regents as those with a race of: Black, Non-Hispanic; Hispanic; Native American or Alaskan Native; and Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. Under-represented minority students complete at lower rates than non-minority students.  The College’s principal service area, East Baton Rouge Parish, is majority-minority, and the minority population of this area is expected to grow in the next decade (2010 U.S. Census).  

 

Table 3.3:  Under-Represented Minority Student Completers

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019-2020 Academic Year

691

677

848

*       Represents a 2% increase above the previous five-year average of 691

**    Previous five-year average (AY 2014-15 to 2018-19)

  

4.   Transfers

Many associate degree programs at BRCC are transfer-ready for students who seek admittance to a four-year college or university.  BRCC has transfer articulation agreements with numerous four-year institutions in the state of Louisiana and a few outside the state as well.  The number of students transferring to a four-year institution is an important performance indicator that aligns with Goal 3 (increasing the number of students transferring to four-year universities annually) of the LCTCS initiative “Our Louisiana 2020”.  According to the LCTCS definition for Goal 3 of its “Our Louisiana 2020” initiative (“Quadruple Transfer Students”), a student is counted as transferring to a four-year institution if they are enrolled at BRCC in a given academic year (July 1 – June 30), and enrolled at a four-year university in the following academic year.

 

Table 4.2:  Students transferring to a four-year college or university

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019-2020 Academic Year

2,307

2,262

2,184

*       Represents a 2% increase above the previous five-year average of 2,262

**    Previous five-year average (AY 2014-15 to 2018-19)

 

5.   Participation and Pass Rates on National Licensure Exams

BRCC is currently tracking its passage rates on national licensure exams for candidates seeking licensure in Nursing and Allied Health professions as well as for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications in Aviation Maintenance.  The achievement of professional licensure is a critical indicator of the quality of BRCC’s educational programs and of student achievement.  In addition, continued programmatic accreditation for some programs requires that BRCC students achieve a minimum participation rate (i.e., percent of program graduates taking the exam) as well as a minimum pass rate.  For most of the licensure exams, BRCC students sitting for the exam have completed a program of study; for the others, students complete one or two courses.  The information that follows indicates the program of study or courses that prepare students for the licensure exam.  Student achievement in this category is recorded by the relevant program or course.

Nursing, Associate of Science (AS):

Table 5.1:  Pass Rate, Registered Nurse (RN), National Council Licensure Examination/ NCLEX-RN, Louisiana State Board of Nursing

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

85.0%

80.0%

93.3%

*       Annual NCLEX-RN pass rate benchmark for first-time test-takers

**   Pass rate required by Louisiana State Board of Nursing and the Accreditation Commission for Education In Nursing, the accrediting agency for BRCC’s Nursing Associate Science (AS)

 

Practical Nursing, Technical Diploma (TD):

Table 5.2:  Pass Rate, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), NCLEX-PN, Louisiana State Board of Practical Nursing Examiners

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

80.0%

80.0%

75.0%

*       Annual NCLEX-PN pass rate benchmark for first-time test-takers

**   Pass rate required by Louisiana State Board of Practical Nursing Examiners for continued approval of the Practical Nursing TD program

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Associate of Applied Science (AAS):

Table 5.3:  Pass Rate, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

75.0%

60.0%

90.0%

*       Annual pass rate benchmark for all test-takers on ARDMS exam

**   Minimum pass rate required for continued accreditation by the accrediting agency for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography AAS, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

 

Surgical Technology, AS:

Table 5.4:  Participation and Pass Rates, Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) Exam, Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting

 

Participation 1, 2

Passing 2

Cohort

Goal

Threshold 2

  Actual

Goal

Threshold

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

100.0%

100.0%

90.0%

70.0%

70.0%

30.0%

1      Participation =  the percent of students completing the program who take licensure exam

2      Goals and thresholds for participation and passing are set by the accrediting agency for the Surgical Technology AS, the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), and are required for continued accreditation of the program.

 

Sterile Processing, Career and Technical Certificate (CTC):

Table 5.5:  Participation and Pass Rates, Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) Exam, Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD)

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

75.0%

100.0%

(No Students Testing)

*     Pass rate on the CSPDT exam – will serve as an Indicator of program quality and used to establish a standard for this new program.  Because this is a new program, the College does not have historical data on pass rates to guide selection of a Goal.

**   Participation rate – the percent of students completing the program who take licensure exam

 

Veterinary Technology, AAS

Table 5.6:  Pass Rate, Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE), American Association of Veterinary State Boards/Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold*

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

50.0%

50.0%

79.0%

*     Requirement of the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA) for continued programmatic accreditation

 

Pharmacy Technician, Certificate of Technical Studies (CTS):

Table 5.7:  Participation and Pass Rates, Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

 

Participation 1, 2

Passing 2

Cohort

Goal

Threshold

  Actual

Goal

Threshold

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

100.0%

100.0%

100.0%

70.0%

70.0%

75.0%

1          Participation = Taking the exam

2          Goals and thresholds for participation and passing are set by the accrediting agency for the Pharmacy Technician CTS, the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP ACPE) and are required for continued accreditation of the program.

 

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Paramedic, CTS, and Paramedic, AAS:

Table 5.8:  Participation and Pass Rates, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic Exam, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

 

Participation 1, 2

Passing 2

Cohort

Goal

Threshold

Actual

Goal

Threshold

Actual

2020 Calendar Year

100.0%

100.0%

88.2%

70.0%

70.0%

76.5%

1          Participation = Taking the exam

2          Goals and thresholds for participation and passing are set by the accrediting agency for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Paramedic CTS and Paramedic AAS, the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP CAAHEP) for continued accreditation of the program.

 

 

Basic Emergency Medical Care (EMSE 1005):

Table 5.9:  Participation and Pass Rates, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Basic Exam, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

 

Participation 1, 2

Passing 2

Cohort

Goal

Threshold

  Actual

Goal

Threshold

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

100.0%

100.0%

(Not Yet Reported)

70.0%

70.0%

80.0%

1          Participation = Taking the exam

2          Goals and thresholds for participation and passing are intended (i) to ensure the quality of the course; (ii) to encourage full credentialing for employment as an EMT-Basic in Louisiana; and (iii) for continued approval of the course by the Louisiana Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).  The goals and thresholds are consistent with those of accredited programs at BRCC.

 

 

General Maintenance Practices (AMTG 1016) and General Maintenance Processes (AMTG 1026)

Table 5.10:  Pass Rate, General Knowledge Exam, FAA

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

100.00%

75.12%

100.00%

*     Historical pass rate for BRCC students

**   National pass rate on the exam in 2019

 

 

Aviation Maintenance Technician, Airframe CTS; Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS:

Table 5.11:  Pass Rate, Airframe Technician Exam, FAA

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

100.00%

82.61%

100.00%

*     Historical pass rate for BRCC students

**   National pass rate on the exam in 2019

 

 

Aviation Maintenance Technician, Powerplant CTS; Aviation Maintenance Technology AAS:

Table 5.12:  Pass Rate, Powerplant Technician Exam, FAA

Cohort

Goal*

Threshold**

Actual

2019 Calendar Year

100.00%

76.32%

(No students testing)

*     Historical pass rate for BRCC students

**   National pass rate on the exam in 2019

 

[1]      For the foreseeable future, the students tracked for the IPEDS Eight-Year “Outcome Measures” will be those who first enrolled at BRCC prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.  The most recent cohort for which this measure was captured was for academic year 2011-12.  Academic year 2016-17 was the first year BRCC’s census included the students from the former Capital Area Technical College.

[2]     A “Quality Postsecondary Credential of Value”, as defined by the Board of Regents, meets the following five standards:

·         It provides valid, reliable, and transparent evidence of the competencies mastered by credential holders and is conferred by an entity recognized by business and industry and/or the State of Louisiana.

·         It directly aligns to an occupation that has a 3-, 4-, or 5-star rating as defined by the Louisiana Workforce Commission, which is based on job demand, projected job growth, and earnings.

·         It leads directly to an occupation that, at a minimum, maintains a 20% wage premium over a high school diploma in Louisiana.

·         Evidence can be provided for employment and wage outcomes.

·         It meets these criteria as a stand-alone credential, independent of another credential.

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