Student Achievement @WCC
In accordance with SACSCOC Standard 8.1, Wytheville Community College (WCC) identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes appropriate to its mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered.
WCC has five primary student achievement criteria: Readiness, Progression, Program Outcomes, Completion, and Post-completion Success.
For each criterion, WCC uses multiple measures for demonstrating student achievement. When available, WCC sets thresholds of acceptability (i.e. benchmarked targets for performance) at the median value of the 23 colleges in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). In other cases, the minimum target is in keeping with the thresholds set by licensure organizations or programmatic accreditation agencies.
WCC uses a number of measures to evaluate student achievement, reviews data from multiple years, and analyzes achievement by comparing WCC student performance to designated benchmarks.
WCC designated the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Graduation Rate Metric (see Completion Criterion, Measure 4.1) to satisfy SACSCOC requirements for disclosing students’ persistence to graduation. The IPEDS Graduation Rate Metric is calculated as the percentage of first-time, full-time degree or certificate-seeking students (from the fall cohort) completing a program within 150% of normal time. Graduate rate data are also disaggregated by gender, ethnicity/race, and socioeconomic status (using Pell grant recipient status) in Measure 4.2 using the IPEDS Graduation Rate Metric. Due to the small numbers of annual completers that occur as a result of disaggregating students into distinct groups, the disaggregated graduation rate data are presented as a four-year total in accordance with the Student Right-to-Know legislation.
WCC’s goals and outcomes for student achievement are updated annually following the availability of VCCS Performance Funding data.