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Student Achievement

Northshore Technical Community College evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. To document the process NTCC employs to assess student achievement, an overview of key metrics of achievement will be reviewed, followed by an overview of key plans and reports which provide evaluative data. Data related to key metrics discussed below is published on the college website.

Threshold of Acceptability:

For each of the key metrics established below, a threshold of acceptability for student achievement is established. The threshold is based on achievement levels aligned with the 2020-2025 College Strategic Plan. The benchmark level is considered the minimum level of achievement determined based on the baseline rate established at the beginning of the strategic planning period. The target level is the annual rate expected to be achieved to remain on target with the goal rate upon conclusion of the strategic planning period. The goal level is the ultimate goal established in alignment with the College Strategic Plan for the assessment period.

  • Benchmark = Minimum performance standard
  • Target = Annual performance level projected to reach goal
  • Goal = Target elevated performance standard

IPEDS Data Feedback Reports:

NTCC utilizes the results found from the compilation of many reports to assure our students and other stakeholders of the progress made to meet goals set for the college. As it relates to student achievement, NTCC utilizes the IPEDS Data Feedback Report as a primary data metrics due to standardization across higher education institutions and the additional benefit of peer performance data. Several evaluations comparing NTCC to peer colleges have been reviewed through the use of the National Center for Education Statistics' IPEDS Data Feedback Report. NTCC’s peer colleges include medium, public, 2-year colleges, in the southeastern states, rural locale and enrollment of a similar size. Included in the comparisons seen on the feedback report are students enrolled by race/ethnicity, headcount enrollment, FTE enrollment, degrees and certificates awarded, tuition/fees charged, net-price of attendance, and financial aid granted.

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