Student Achievement Data

Nunez Community College has identified the following three goals, with associated minimum thresholds of acceptability, and outcomes to assess student achievement.  The three goals are related to the following:

  1. Retention
  2. Graduation, IPEDS Graduation Rate 150%
  3. Licensure Examinations

The College maintains the same three distinct student achievement goals or measures for all programs regardless of the method of instruction or location of the course/program.  

1.  Retention

Appropriate to the Mission: The mission indicates “leading to academic credentials and workforce opportunities” which suggests that retention should be a student success indicator.  Students will not earn an academic credential if they are not retained through graduation.

Definition: The first-year retention rate annually reported in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment survey that measures the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who return to the institution the following fall. The retention rate is available on the Department of Education’s College Navigator website.

Minimum Expected Threshold: Meet or exceed the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) mean.

Rationale for Minimum Expected Threshold: Utilizing LCTCS sister institutions in determining the minimum expected threshold provides us with similar institutions to compare Nunez’s success.

NCC Cohort Fall Term

Survey Cohort

NCC

First Year Retention Rate

LA Community College Mean
Fall 2015 51% 53%
Fall 2016 38% 50%
Fall 2017 48% 53%
Fall 2018 59% 57%
Fall 2019 51% 56%

Outcome Evaluation: A review the most current five-years retention rates revealed that NCC is below the Louisiana Community College mean for four of the five years. The institution exceeded the mean for fall 2018 cohort; however, there was a decline for the fall 2019 cohort. Through disaggregation of the retention and graduation rate information, it was noted that both rates for the non-white cohort was lower than the white cohort.

2.  Graduation Rate

Appropriate to the Mission: The mission directs Nunez to “deliver relevant and innovative curriculum integrating the arts, sciences, and humanities leading to academic credentials”.  This is an indication that graduation rates support the mission through the awarding of academic credentials and should be included as a student success measure.

Definition: The graduation rate is the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who complete their program at the same institution within three years.  The source of information is the IPEDS Graduation Rate 150% Survey.

Minimum Expected Threshold: Meet or exceed the three-year Nunez average graduation rate.

Rationale for Minimum Expected Threshold: Nunez Community College set its minimum expected threshold after a review of institutional trends as well as after a review of other data such as IPEDS.

Cohort Term Cohort number Graduated in Three Years % Graduated in Three Years
Fall 2015 153 30 20%
Fall 2016 134 31 23%
Fall 2017 186 30 16%
Fall 2018 146 35 24%

Outcome Evaluation: A review of the most current graduation rates for NCC indicates the rate has exceeded the three-year mean for 2 of the 3 years. Further analysis indicates that for 3 of the 4 years, the institution reached or exceeded a 20% graduation rate which is over the three-year average graduation rate.

2a. Graduation Rate Disaggregation

Appropriate to the Mission and Definition: Nunez Community College disaggregates graduation rate data by the following: gender, ethnicity (race), age, and economically disadvantaged defined as Pell eligible.  Disaggregating graduation rates by these student characteristics allows review by populations that are traditionally underserved in higher education as well as the focus populations of the Louisiana Board of Regents 2030 Louisiana Prospers Master Plan which includes diversity, equity and inclusion as a strategic plan initiative.

Minimum Expected Threshold:  Meet or exceed the three-year average graduation rate.

Rationale for Minimum Expected Threshold: Nunez Community College set its minimum expected threshold after a review of institutional trends as well as after a review of other data such as IPEDS for each of the disaggregated categories.  The minimum expect threshold is the same as the threshold established for overall graduation rate.

First-Time Freshmen Persistence to Graduation Disaggregated by Student Population

Cohort Term Gender Cohort Number Graduated in 3 Years % Graduated in Three Years
Fall 2015 Female 81 15 19%
Fall 2016 Female 67 17 25%
Fall 2017 Female 99 15 15%
Fall 2018 Female 63 15 24%
         
Fall 2015 Male 72 15 21%
Fall 2016 Male 67 14 21%
Fall 2017 Male 87 15 17%
Fall 2018 Male 83 20 24%
Cohort Term race Cohort Number Graduated in 3 Years % Graduated in Three Years
Fall 2015 Non-White 71 11 15%
Fall 2016 Non-White 67 14 21%
Fall 2017 Non-White 102 11 11%
Fall 2018 Non-White 64 13 20%
         
Fall 2015 Non-White 82 19 23%
Fall 2016 Non-White 67 17 25%
Fall 2017 Non-White 84 19 23%
Fall 2018 Non-White 82 22 27%
Cohort Term age Cohort Number Graduated in 3 Years % Graduated in Three Years
Fall 2015 Traditional (24 & Below) 129 25 19%
Fall 2016 Traditional (24 & Below) 111 22 20%
Fall 2017 Traditional (24 & Below) 156 22 14%
Fall 2018 Traditional (24 & Below) 120 25 21%
         
Fall 2015 Non-Traditional (25 & Above) 24 5 21%
Fall 2016 Non-Traditional (25 & Above) 23 9 39%
Fall 2017 Non-Traditional (25 & Above) 30 8 27%
Fall 2018 Non-Traditional (25 & Above) 26 10 38%
Cohort Term Pell Eligibility Status Cohort Number Graduated in 3 Years % Graduated in Three Years
Fall 2015 Pell Eligible 109 15 14%
Fall 2016 Pell Eligible 105 26 25%
Fall 2017 Pell Eligible 136 22 16%
Fall 2018 Pell Eligible 103 26 25%
         
Fall 2015 Not Pell Eligible 35 2 6%
Fall 2016 Not Pell Eligible 21 5 24%
Fall 2017 Not Pell Eligible 40 7 18%
Fall 2018 Not Pell Eligible 37 7 19%

Outcome Evaluation: A review of the disaggregated graduation rate information revealed that the non-white race category and the traditional age category of students were the 2 categories in which the minimum expected threshold was not met. For each of the categories, there was only 1 year for each in which the threshold was not met. The College recognizes the importance of disaggregating the data in order to identify student categories of concern in order to develop and implement improvement initiatives.

3.  Licensure Examinations

Appropriate to the Mission: The mission indicates “leading to academic credentials and workforce opportunities” which suggests that workforce placement is a priority. In the healthcare field, licensure is required for graduates of emergency medical technician, paramedic, and practical nursing programs to gain employment.

Definition: National and/or state licensure examinations required to obtain license in order to work in the designated field.  Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Emergency Medical Services Paramedic graduates must pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam to earn the EMT certification. Practical Nursing graduates complete the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) NCLEX exam.

Minimum Expected Threshold: 70% to 80% licensure pass rate on first attempt.  Varies by program

Rationale for Minimum Expected Threshold:  Set independently for each program. The minimum is set depending on the state agency and programmatic accreditation requirements of each accrediting agency.

Program name licensure exam expected threshold of achievement Justification of the appropriateness of threshold 2019 2020 2021
Practical Nursing NCLEX 80% Louisiana State Board requires a 70% minimum threshold for educational providers.  Licensure is required for graduates to gain employment in the field.

26/26

100%

10/10

100%

29/29

100%

Emergency Medical Technician National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) 70% Passage of the national registry exam is required for graduates to gain employment in the field.

17/24

71%

11/17

65%

3/10

30%

Paramedic Program National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) 70% Committee on Accreditation of Educational Medical Services (CoAEMSP) standards require programs to meet or exceed 70% licensure pass rate. Passage of the national registry exam is required for graduates to gain employment in the field.

5/6

83%

10/10

100%

6/10

60%

Outcome Evaluation: The Practical Nursing Program met the minimum expected threshold. The Emergency Medical Technician Program met the threshold 1 of 3 years while the Paramedic Program met the threshold 2 of 3 years.