Wytheville Community College

Student Achievement at Wytheville Community College – 2013-2014

Wytheville Community College (WCC) evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission of “providing access to lifelong learning within an environment of academic excellence.”

The College evaluates student achievement by means of external and internal reviews for each program area. The evaluation criteria support the College mission and include enrollment, retention, graduation, transfer, and employment data as well as national and state certification and licensing examination results.

As one of 23 colleges within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), WCC receives benchmark data from the VCCS annually for each of the criteria used for evaluating student achievement. The State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) also publishes data via the SCHEV website that is specific to WCC and other Virginia educational institutions. WCC expects to exceed a threshold of achievement that is greater than national or state averages that are consistent with current trends in education.

Enrollment

WCC monitors enrollment daily for at least three weeks at the beginning of each semester and identifies students who drop their enrollment in an effort to address any issues that may prevent them from achieving their educational goals at WCC. For the 2013-14 academic year WCC enrolled 4,594 students. Of those students 2,644 were degree-seeking students enrolled as follows:

 

2013-2014 Headcount

Total

College Transfer

Career Tech.-AAS

Career Tech.-Diploma/Cert

Students

Percent

Students

Percent

Students

Percent

Students

Wytheville

1,088

41

832

31

724

27

2,644

WCC uses the SCHEV and VCCS program viability standards for enrollment data and graduation rates as benchmarks for program performance with regard to enrollment and graduates. Every degree, diploma, and certificate program is evaluated based on meeting established benchmarks for a three-year average of FTE (full-time equivalent) student enrollment and three-year average number of graduates.

The SCHEV and VCCS viability standards utilized by WCC programs are as follows:

Wytheville Community College
VCCS Academic Program Review
Graduates and Enrollment by Plan
Three Year Average

 

 

 

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

3 year
Average

 

Curr

Degree

FTE

Grads

FTE

Grads

FTE

Grads

FTES

Grads

College Transfer

Business Administration

216

AA&S

51

10

44

11

41

10

45

10

Education

624

AA&S

105

13

80

21

60

18

82

17

General Studies

697

AA&S

466

74

440

109

415

90

440

91

Liberal Arts

650

AA&S

12

-

9

-

8

4

10

1

Science

881

AA&S

104

31

123

28

129

52

119

37

Agri, Business, Arts & Design, Public Service

Information Systems Technology

299

AAS

53

17

50

10

55

10

53

12

Early Childhood Development

636

AAS

27

10

14

3

3

7

15

7

Corrections Science

462

AAS

19

5

19

4

13

5

17

5

Police Science

464

AAS

83

17

92

15

77

24

84

19

Management

212

AAS

45

6

34

10

50

6

43

7

Accounting

203

AAS

20

2

19

5

15

5

18

4

Administrative Support Technology

298

AAS

101

28

84

35

84

17

90

27

Engr, Mech, Industrial Technologies

Computer Electronics Technology

731

AAS

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Technical Studies

718

AAS

1

2

0

-

0

-

1

1

Computer Aided Drafting & Design

729

AAS

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Machine Technology

950

AAS

40

12

32

8

44

9

39

10

Health Technologies

Dental Hygiene

118

AAS

69

15

60

26

45

16

58

19

Physical Therapist Assistant

180

AAS

84

35

48

15

32

13

54

21

Radiography

172

AAS

31

10

15

10

10

5

19

8

Medical Laboratory

151

AAS

19

12

14

-

24

19

19

10

Technology Nursing

156

AAS

159

47

137

42

107

52

134

47

Diploma & Certificates

** Industrial Maintenance

990

CERT

-

4

-

2

0

1

0

2

Computer Aided Drafting & Design

727

CERT

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

General Education

695

CERT

-

120

0

287

0

217

0

208

Corrections Science

461

CERT

0

4

0

7

1

5

1

5

Law Enforcement

463

CERT

2

17

2

18

1

24

2

20

Construction Technology

745

CERT

66

48

40

25

38

8

48

27

Machine Tool Operations

952

CERT

0

12

-

8

-

9

0

10

Dental Assisting

120

CERT

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Medical Office Clerk

285

CERT

4

3

7

3

6

3

6

3

Career Studies

221

CERT

196

522

237

315

198

342

210

393

**Public Health

139

CERT

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Practical Nursing

157

CERT

98

36

75

33

56

18

77

29

Clerical Studies

218

CERT

0

8

2

9

1

2

1

6

**Total Prod Manufacturing

776

CERT

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Total

 

 

1857

1120

1678

1059

1513

991

1683

1057

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retention

WCC maintains data related to the percentage of students retained from fall to fall, and fall to spring annually. The results are bench-marked against the overall VCCS average as follows:

Fall to Fall Retention of All Students

 

2011-2012

2012-2013

WCC

46.8%

49.1%

VCCS Average

41.6%

41.5%

Fall to Spring Retention of All Students

 

2011-2012

2012-2013

WCC

73.8%

73.4%

VCCS Average

68.6%

67.4%

Graduates

WCC maintains data related to the percentage of all attending students who graduate. The results are bench-marked against the overall VCCS average as follows:

 

2009 (Cohort Year 2006)

2010 (Cohort Year 2007)

2011 (Cohort Year 2008)

2012 (Cohort Year 2009)

Wytheville Community College (WCC)

35.9%

40.8%

39.8%

39.7%

Virginia Community College System (VCCS)

18.3%

20.4%

22.7%

23.0%

Transfer

Associate of Arts and Sciences, Associate of Science, and the General Education Certificate degrees are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program. Overall, WCC's transfer rate is consistently higher than the VCCS average:

Transfer Rates

 

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

Wytheville Community College (WCC)

48.5%

56.0%

52.8%

Virginia Community College System (VCCS)

35.7%

42.4%

46.4%

Annually, WCC administers a survey to graduates. In Spring 2014, 71% of graduates indicated that they plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Do you currently plan to continue your education?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Yes

71.0%

137

No

29.0%

56

answered questions

193

Employment, Licensure, and Certification

Associate of Applied Science, Diploma, Certificate, and Career Studies Certificate programs are designed for students to prepare students to enter workforce upon completion. WCC graduates in some programs take national or state certification or licensure exams. Three year pass rates are documented as follows: 

Success Rates on Certification and Licensure Exams

Program

2011

2012

2013

2014

Nursing

94.3%

83.4%

94.7%

82.7%

Practical Nursing

83.0%

72.0%

80.0%

90.3%

Dental Hygiene

95.0%

93.0%

92.3%

93.3%

Medical Laboratory Technology AAS

86.0%

63.0%

68.0%

63.0%

Physical Therapist Assistant

93.3%

82.9%

86.7%

91.7%

The Spring 2014 WCC Graduate Survey included the following questions regarding graduate employment following graduation:

Have you been offered employment following graduation?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Yes

20.2%

39

No

79.8%

154

answered question

193

 

Is your occupation related to your courses or training?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Yes

19.2%

37

No

80.8%

156

answered question

193

A 2012 report from the VCCS summarized data for six month employment rates for health-related programs compared to all programs and was based on information from the Virginia Employment Commission as follows:

 

All

Health

All

Health

WCC

68%

75%

66%

79%

VCCS

64%

75%

64%

79%

 Expected levels of success are documented, and improvements are made if the expected results are not achieved. These reviews provide the means to ensure that programs adequately prepare students to pass licensing examinations and enter the workforce.