State releases 2018 Community College Report Card

The Education Achievement Council (EAC) has approved the 2018 Report Card for Northwest Mississippi Community College. In 2010, the Education Achievement Council was created by the state legislature to bring Mississippi’s educational attainment and skill levels of the working-age population to the national average by 2025. Pursuant to §37-163-1, an electronic copy can be viewed at www.northwestms.edu/reportcard. Copies can also be obtained from the college’s Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

The report cards show the progress that has been made toward educational goals for each community college and university. The measures that are used align closely with the Voluntary Framework of Accountability developed by the American Association of Community Colleges.

College officials were pleased to report Northwest’s performance in nearly every measured category on the report —including student success, retention/progression, remediation, workforce development and community development—was higher than the state averages. In addition, data from the report shows that the average ACT score of the college’s entering freshmen is 18.8, slightly above the state average, and 1,830 degrees and certificates were awarded in 2018.

In the area of student success, first-time, full-time Northwest students fared better than the state average in expected time of enrollment and transfer, with 19.6 percent of Northwest students transferring within 150 percent of the expected time to graduate, compared to the state average of 18.1 percent. A 13.2 percent average of Northwest students remained enrolled within 150 percent of the expected time to graduate, compared to the state average of 7.8 percent.

Retention in Associate of Applied Science programs was 4.2 percent higher than the state average at 57 percent, while retention in the college’s Associate of Arts pathways rose above the state average of 58.8 percent this year with 59.4 percent. Total retention was at 59.6 percent, a full percentage point above the state’s total retention average.

Northwest students also did well in progression—the time it takes to earn credits toward a degree. For first-time, part-time students, 38.6 percent earned at least 24 credit hours toward graduation by the end of their second year, compared to the state average of just 15.8 percent. First-time, full-time students earned at least 42 credit hours toward graduation by the end of their second year at a rate of 45.6 percent, one percent above the state average.

In remediation success, Northwest students fared better than the state average for all students. The percentage of students who took developmental English and went on to successfully complete English composition I was 49.6 percent, slightly above the state average. The percentage of students who took developmental math and went on to successfully complete college algebra was 34.2 percent, almost even with the state average.

Job placement of Northwest’s Career-Technical and health science graduates was 97.1 percent, which was more than 10 percentage points higher than the state average. Northwest’s CTE students earned 430 state- or nationally-recognized credentials, confirming that students in those programs are receiving a career-relevant education and attaining quality employment.

The college’s Workforce Development Division is also providing necessary training to citizens of the 11-county district. More than 7,000 participants received workforce training in areas such as manufacturing, industrial maintenance, soft skills and safety/OSHA. In addition, more than 1,200 National Career Readiness Certificates (CRC) were awarded through the college’s WIN Job Center. The CRC is a nationally-recognized work skills credential that is widely used by employers to evaluate an employee’s or potential employee’s essential work skill level needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations.

The college’s Adult Education Division awarded 254 High School Equivalency (HSE) diplomas, and 5.2 percent of students enrolled in college courses at Northwest were admitted with an HSE compared to the state average of 4.6 percent. Proving that Northwest’s Adult Education program is giving students the tools they need to be successful, 54.9 percent of those enrolled in the program saw a measureable skills gain, almost 5 percent above the state average.

Information on the Community College Report Card includes student enrollment, degrees awarded, student success, student retention/progression, workforce development information, adult education statistics, as well as success in remedial coursework. Each report card includes information for the specific college, along with figures for the system. Most metrics are based upon a specified cohort of students, defined as a group of students who enter or start a program at the same time. Specific cohort definitions and dates are indicated with each metric. Cohort dates will vary, depending on whether the metric reflects entry or outcome data.

Where possible, these Reports Cards use data being reported annually to the State Workforce Investment Board, the U.S. Department of Education, and to Complete College America. Other data comes in part from the Mississippi LifeTracks systems and have been independently validated by the National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) at Mississippi State University.

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