College Performance

In 2010, North Carolina Community College System President Scott Ralls established a Performance Measures Committee to develop new performance-based student success measures to go into effect in 2013. While some of the names of the performance measures may resemble those that have been adopted in the past, the descriptions and methodologies highlight distinct improvements including making the measures closely aligned with key initiatives, more focused on student successes, more objective, uniform across colleges, more valid and reliable, and more cohort-based in order to track student success.

One of the outcomes was the establishment of system-wide “baselines” and “goals” for each measure. The committee recommended using consistent, statistically-defined baselines and goals to promote transparency, simplicity, and objectivity. Based on three years of data (where available) for each measure, baselines are initially set two standard deviations below the system mean, and the goals are initially set one standard deviation above the system mean. These baselines and goals are reset every three years. This utilization of baselines and goals is a departure from the System’s historical use of “standards.”

In November 2014, the College adopted a new strategic plan, which affirmed the use of these performance-based student success measures as a means of assessment for student achievement. The College’s first and foremost goal is “all students will succeed.” Evidence of success is determined by performance rates that meet or exceed regional, state, or national averages.

If you have any questions about the Performance Measures, please email Tina B. Ruff, Durham Tech Chief of Staff, or call 919-536-7249 x2806.

Performance Measure System Excellence Level System Baseline Average College Percentage Durham Tech Percentage

Basic Skills Progress

68.3%

34.5%

60.1%

51.1%

Credit English Success

55.9%

23.8%

53.0%

55.9%

Credit Math Success

32.5%

10.1%

32.5%

35.9%

First Year Progression

75.0%

54.1%

70.9%

65.1%

Current Completion Rate

51.9%

35.9%

43.4%

44.6%

Licensure Pass Rate

90.9%

69.9%

79.8%

88.9%

Transfer Performance

87.6%

65.1%

83.7%

84.5%

 

Source: NCCCS Performance Measures for Student Success