Student Achievement at Wytheville Community College – 2017-2018

 

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 for 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 2017-18 academic year WCC enrolled 3,483 students. Of those students 1,909 were degree-seeking students enrolled as follows:

 

2017-2018 Headcount

Total

College Transfer

Career Tech.-AAS

Career Tech.-Diploma/Cert

Students

Percent

Students

Percent

Students

Percent

Students

Wytheville

805

42

558

29

546

29

1,909

 

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 three-year average of student enrollment and number of graduates in WCC programs are as follows:

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

 

 

 

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

3 year
Average

 

Curr

Degree

FTE

Grads

FTE

Grads

FTE

Grads

FTES

Grads

College Transfer

Business Administration

216

AA&S

43

18

43

21

40

12

42.0

17.0

Education

624

AA&S

49

10

37

14

40

9

42.0

11.0

General Studies

697

AA&S

377

94

331

73

303

93

323.7

86.7

Liberal Arts

650

AA&S

5

1

5

1

8

2

6.0

1.3

Science

881

AA&S

155

53

131

51

112

40

132.7

48.0

Agri, Business, Arts & Design, Public Service

Information Systems Technology

299

AAS

25

7

32

4

31

1

29.3

4.0

Accounting

203

AAS

17

4

13

6

11

2

13.7

4.0

Administrative Support Technology

298

AAS

60

7

48

3

40

5

49.3

5.0

Corrections Science

462

AAS

5

1

6

1

9

2

6.7

1.3

Police Science

464

AAS

64

16

55

11

55

17

58.0

14.7

Management

212

AAS

44

15

40

7

34

7

39.3

9.7

Engr, Mech, Industrial Technologies

Machine Technology

950

AAS

36

11

33

12

36

10

35.0

11.0

Science w/ Spec in Engineering

881

AAS

26

5

23

4

22

5

23.7

5.0

Health Technologies

Dental Hygiene

118

AAS

35

16

39

19

36

14

36.7

16.3

Medical Laboratory Technology

151

AAS

22

9

21

0

25

10

22.7

6.3

Physical Therapist Assistant

180

AAS

30

14

27

13

29

16

28.7

14.3

Technology Nursing

156

AAS

79

36

99

41

106

60

94.7

45.7

Diploma & Certificates

Electrical Diploma

745

DIPL

19

5

18

9

18

4

18.3

6.0

HVAC Specialization Diploma

745

DIPL

11

2

17

4

18

2

15.3

2.7

Clerical Studies

218

CERT

2

4

2

4

1

4

1.7

4.0

Corrections Science

461

CERT

0

1

2

1

1

2

1.0

1.3

Dental Assisting

120

CERT

4

10

7

21

7

16

6.0

15.7

General Education

695

CERT

6

262

15

202

9

193

10.0

219.0

Law Enforcement

463

CERT

1

20

1

10

1

19

1.0

16.3

Machine Tool Operations

952

CERT

1

9

0

13

0

11

0.3

11.0

Medical Office Clerk

285

CERT

2

6

1

3

4

0

2.3

3.0

Practical Nursing

157

CERT

57

26

41

21

53

25

50.3

24.0

Career Studies Certificates

221

CSC

175

285

155

277

151

177

160.3

246.3

Total

 

 

1350

947

1231

846

1200

758

1250.7

850.6

 

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

 

2015-2016

2016-2017

WCC

43.2%

43.0%

VCCS Average

42.2%

42.5%

 

Fall to Spring Retention of All Students

 

2015-2016

2016-2017

WCC

68.3%

71.3%

VCCS Average

69.2%

69.6%

 

 

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:

 

2013 (Cohort Year 2010)

2014 (Cohort Year 2011)

2015 (Cohort Year 2012)

2016 (Cohort Year 2013)

Wytheville Community College (WCC)

42%

32%

34%

42%

Virginia Community College System (VCCS)

26%

24%

24%

26%

 

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 (transferred with 16 or more credits) is consistently higher than the VCCS average:

Transfer Rates

 

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

Wytheville Community College (WCC)

77.0%

86.0%

83.5%

Virginia Community College System (VCCS)

65.0%

65.1%

64.5%

 

Annually, WCC administers a survey to graduates. In Spring 2018, 76.3% 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

76.3%

148

No

23.7%

46

answered questions

194

 

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

2015

2016

2017

2018

Nursing

83.3%

77.1%

81.4%

91.7%

Practical Nursing

85.0%

88.5%

100.0%

80.0%

Dental Hygiene

93.3%

93.3%

90.0%

100%

Medical Laboratory Technology

----

100.0%

----

100%

Physical Therapist Assistant

89.7%

86.7%

92.9%

89.3%

 

The Spring 2018 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

32.7%

62

No

67.5%

129

answered question

191

 

Is your occupation related to your courses or training?

Answer Options

Response Percent

Response Count

Yes

93.5%

58

No

6.5%

4

answered question

62

 

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.

 

  • WCC - Wytheville
    1000 East Main Street
    Wytheville, VA 24382
    Phone: (276) 223-4700
    TDD Hearing Impaired: (276) 223-4849
    Toll-Free: (800) 468-1195
  • WCC - Crossroads
    1117 East Stuart Drive
    Galax, VA 24333
    Phone: (276) 744-4974
  • WCC - Summit
    203 N. Church Street
    Marion, VA 24354
    Phone: (276) 783-1777 

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