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CCCC exceeds state performance standards

07.13.2010Admin, Faculty & StaffCollege General

SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College has exceeded performance standards set by the State Board of Community Colleges, according to the board’s just-released 2010 Performance Funding Measures Report.

Central Carolina is one of only 24 of the 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System to meet or exceed the standards for the eight Performance Measures adopted by the board in 2007. According to the board’s report, the measures are core indicators of student success. They also capture the essential elements of the mission of the state’s community colleges. 

The eight performance measures are: Progress of Basic Skills Students; Passing Rates on Licensure & Certification Examinations; Performance of College Transfer Students; Passing Rates of Students in Developmental Courses; Success Rate of Developmental Students in Subsequent College-level Courses; Satisfaction of Completers and Non-completers; Curriculum Student Retention, Graduation, and Transfer; and Client Satisfaction with Customized Training. The 2010 report is based primarily on data from the 2008-09 academic year.

“Central Carolina Community College takes seriously its mandate to train students either for immediate entry into the workforce or for success at four-year institutions,” said President Bud Marchant. “Our students’ successes on the Performance Measures are a clear indicator of the quality of our academic programs, the effort and dedication of our exceptional faculty, and the work ethic of our students.” 

Performance Measures and Standards: 

Each Performance Measure shows the percentage of Central Carolina’s students meeting or exceeding the state standard, the percentage standard set by the state, and the average percentage of students in the N.C. Community College System meeting or exceeding the standard. 

1. Progress of Basic Skills Students — The percentage of adult literacy students progressing within a level of literacy, completing a level or a pre-determined goal, or advancing to a higher level. 

At Central Carolina C.C., 82 percent of the adult literacy students achieved one of these goals. The state Performance Standard to be met was 75 percent, with the average system-wide achievement, 84 percent. 

2. Passing Rates on Licensure & Certification Examinations — The percentage of first-time test takers passing an exam required for N.C. licensure/certification prior to practicing a profession. 

At CCCC, 86 percent passed their licensure/certification exams on the first attempt. The state Performance Standard was 80 percent; the NCCCS average, 86 percent. 

3. Performance of College Transfer Students — The percentage of community college transfer students achieving a 2.0 (“C”) grade point average or higher after two semesters at a four-year institution. 

Eighty-seven percent of Central Carolina’s transfer students earned a 2.0 GPA or higher after two semesters at a four-year institution. The state Performance Standard was 83 percent and the NCCCS average, 85 percent. 

Of Central Carolina students who earned an associate degree before transferring, 92 percent had a 2.0 GPA or better at four-year institutions after two semesters. Of those completing 24 credit hours, but no degree, 82 percent earned at least a 2.0 GPA.

The college met the state’s Exceptional Institutional Performance level on this measure because the performance of its transfer students was equivalent to that of students who started their college careers at UNC institutions.

4. Passing Rates of Students in Developmental Courses — The percentage of students who complete developmental English, math, or reading courses with a grade of “C” or better. 

Eighty-two percent of Central Carolina C.C. developmental students earned “C’s” or better. The state Performance Standard was 75 percent and the NCCCS average, 80 percent. 

5. Success Rate of Developmental Students in Subsequent College-Level Courses — The percentage of English and math developmental course completers who earned a “D” or better in subsequent college-level English and math courses. 

At Central Carolina C.C., 91 percent of the developmental English and math students achieved that grade or higher. The state Performance Standard was 80 percent and the NCCCS average, 87 percent.

6. Satisfaction of Completers and Non-completers — The percentage of graduates and early-leavers who indicate that the quality of the college programs and services met or exceeded their expectations. 

At CCCC, 97 percent of graduates or early-leavers said their expectations were met or exceeded. The state Performance Standard was 90 percent and the NCCCS average, 96 percent. 

7. Curriculum Student Retention, Graduation, and Transfer — The percentage of students who have completed a curriculum program, are still enrolled, or have transferred to a university or another community college. 

At CCCC, 70 percent of the curriculum students achieved one of these goals. The state Performance Standard was 65 percent and the NCCCS average, 72 percent.  

8. Client Satisfaction with Customized Training — The percentage of businesses/industries satisfied with services from community college Small Business Centers.

Ninety-six percent of businesses and industries who received services from Central Carolina ’s SBC said the services were excellent or very good. The state Performance Standard was 90 percent and the NCCCS average, 94 percent. 

Visit Central Carolina Community College’s Web site, www.cccc.edu, for more information about the college and its programs. For the full 2009 Critical Success Factors report for the N.C. Community College System, go to: