(7) GRADUATES ACHIEVEMENTS
(7A) GRADUATION RATES
This measure contains two parts. Part 1 is applicable to all institutions. Part 2 is applicable only for the technical colleges.
Part 1) Requires three rates (including numbers) to be published and calculated. All numbers and rates are calculated using150% of program time.
Rate 1: First-time student graduation number and rate: the number and rate at which first-time, full-time degree-seeking students graduate.
Rate 2: Transfer-out number and rate: the number and rate at which first-time, full-time degree seeking students transfer out to another South Carolina public institution.
Rate 3: Transfer-in graduation number and rate: the number and rate at which first-time, full-time, degree seeking students who transfer in from a South Carolina public institution who graduate.
All three rates with numbers will be disclosed and combined for the following funding rate:
Example: Initial cohort graduates + transfer in graduates First-time, full-time cohort + students transferring in with full time status) - (Students from the cohort who transfer out + students from the cohort who are otherwise disqualified according to the Student Right to Know Act, e.g., died, joined the military, totally disabled, etc. + students from the transfer in cohort who transfer out or are disqualified)
Part 2) For the Technical College Sector Only: Rate 1 (above), excluding students enrolled in two or more developmental courses during the first semester.
Rates 1 and 2 will be benchmarked for 1999-2000. The data will be collected for Rate 3 and submitted to CHE, but no Benchmark for Rate 3 will be submitted for 1999-2000.
During Performance Year 1998-99, only Rate 1 was benchmarked and subsequently rated to produce a score for Indicator 7A. DEFINITIONS / EXPLANATORY NOTES
Normal program time is the time stated in the institution's catalogue to obtain a degree. Generally two years for a two-year institution and four years for a baccalaureate degree. First-time, full-time students
includes undergraduate students only, for this indicator. First-time
refers to a student's first time at any college. Full-time
refers to at least 12 credit hours enrollment for an undergraduate student 150% of normal program time
refers to three years for a two-year degree and six years for an undergraduate degree. Transfers-in
refers to first-time transfers into an institution who are degree-seeking, full-time students. Transfers-out
of an institution refers to any student who leaves the institution to attend another postsecondary institution of higher education in South Carolina (documented by acceptable Student Right to Know
documentation and confirmed by CHEMIS)
From 1998 onward, this graduation rate shall be the same rate reported in the Graduate Record Survey for the Student Right to Know Legislation.
Three rates are required and must be reported (Rate 1, 2, and 3). Rate 1 and Rate 2
will be reported on the GRS Worksheet page 1. For Rate 2
, either CHEMIS data will be used and will not include out-of-state students or the institution may use its own data for Rate 2 and must verify all students who transfer out-of-state and graduate by the verification required under Student Right to Know
for the GRS survey. The Commission will review both the institutional rate and the verification process used by the institution to count out-of-state graduates. Regardless, the Worksheet (page 1) for the GRS should be submitted. Rate 3
will be reported by CHEMIS. This rate will be calculated as follows 'the transfers-in students who graduate
'students transferring in to the institution with full-time status' minus
'those students who transferred out or who are disqualified according to the Student Right to Know Act.' For Rate 3, the Tracking for the 'Transfer-In Students' for four-year institutions should adhere to the table below:
For Rate 3 for Technical Colleges
|COHORT YEAR |
|Hours Transferred ||1991 ||1992 ||1993 ||1994 ||1995 ||1996 ||1997 |
|00 - 29 ||1991 ||1992 ||1993 ||1994 ||1995 ||1996 ||1997 |
|30 - 59 || ||1991 ||1992 ||1993 ||1994 ||1995 ||1996 |
|60 - 89 || || ||1991 ||1992 ||1993 ||1994 ||1995 |
|90 - 119 || || || ||1991 ||1992 ||1993 ||1994 |
|120 & Above || || || || ||1991 ||1992 ||1993 |
|USC-Aiken and USC-Spartanburg: Closely follow cohort instructions on the GRS regarding BA and AA student for defining two cohorts. |
, all 'transfer-in students' should be included in the cohort of the year that they transferred into the institution.
Technical Colleges define only one cohort for the GRS which includes degree/certificate-seeking students. NOTE: If out-of-state transfer information becomes available, this measure will be reviewed for possible consideration of that information
Major Data Source: Performance Year 1998-99 required institution reporting of information to CHE. Data for subsequent years will be collected through CHEMIS reporting. Applicable to:
All Four Sectors
Type Indicator: Benchmarked Expected Trend:
Sector Benchmark: None established
This indicator was revised effective with Performance Year 1999-2000. Part 2 was added and applies only to the Technical College Sector.(7B) EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR GRADUATES AND GRADUATES CONTINUING THEIR EDUCATION MEASURE
Existence at the institution of a system for tracking graduates for employment and education information with a minimum response rate determined by the Commission on Higher Education. (For 1999-2000 and following, achieving the minimum response rate performance will serve as a prerequisite to Part 2 and to a score of 'Achieves' or 'Exceeds')
[For Part 1, the 'survey response rate' required is 20%.]
2.) Percent of graduates with AA/AS degrees or baccalaureate degrees who are either employed or enrolled at a more advanced educational level within a time frame determined by the Commission on Higher Education. (Applicable for 2000-2001 and following.) 3.) Percent of graduates employed within a time frame determined by the Commission on Higher Education.
NOTE: Subject to Commission approval, this indicator will be measured every 2 years beginning with the 1999-2000 Performance Year.
Parts 1 and 3 of the measure are applicable in the 1999-2000 performance year.
Part 2 is applicable beginning in the 2000-2001 performance year.
Part 3 is applicable only when appropriate statewide survey information is available from the Employment Security Commission or other sources. DEFINITIONS / EXPLANATORY NOTES Employed
is defined as work for pay or profit or temporary absence from a job to which the worker will return, percent of graduates in any given year. Time Frame
: One year after graduation.
Region: To be defined based on the availability of data from the Employment Security Commission.
The CHE is continuing to define the data collection with the Employment Security Commission. Until such time that a statewide survey can be implemented, the CHE will use ACT 255 data from the last year it was collected OR for the technical colleges only the Graduate Follow Up Survey may be used.
If the Act 255 Alumni survey is used it will follow the schedule of Act 255 (that is it will be done every two years).
This indictor applies to all undergraduate programs. Major Data Source: Institution reports and student files matched with Employment Security Commission's files and reported to the Commission on Higher Education. Applicable to:
All Four Sectors Type Indicator:
Combination, Criterion-referenced (Yes/No) and Benchmarked Expected Trend:
Compliance with Part 1. Sector Benchmark:
Part 1 = 'YES,' for all sectors. Additionally, Part 1 serves as a prerequisite to Part 2 and to score 'Achieves' or 'Exceeds'
None established for Parts 2 and 3
This measure was revised effective with Performance Year 1999-2000. Measures for Indicator 7B, 'Employment rate for graduates' and 7E, 'Number of graduates continuing their education' were combined to create one measure of student outcome from two otherwise contradictory measures. (7C) EMPLOYER FEEDBACK ON GRADUATES WHO WERE EMPLOYED AND NOT EMPLOYED MEASURE
1) The existence at the institution of a process for surveying employers who interview or hire prospective employees who are graduating or have graduated from the institution. (Applicable in 1999-2000 and compliance serves as a prerequisite to the Part 2, below, and to a score of 'Achieves' or 'Exceeds')
2) Employers level of satisfaction with graduates who are interviewed for jobs as reported on a standardized survey instrument in a common format as approved by the Commission on Higher Education or, in the case of the technical colleges, as approved by the SBTCE (applicable in 2000-2001);
3) The level of employers satisfaction with employees as determined by a survey of employers. NOTE: Subject to approval by the Commission, this indicator will be measured every 2 years beginning with the 1999-2000 Performance Year.
Part 1 details are to be worked out with institutions in the spring of 1999 and this part of the measure is applicable in the 1999-2000 performance year.
Part 2 details would be worked out in 1999-2000, and the measure would be applicable in 2000-2001. Part 2 of the measure could be criteria referenced once the specific survey instruments have been developed and baseline data has been collected
Part 3 is applicable only when statewide survey information is available from the Employment Security Commission or other sources. DEFINITIONS / EXPLANATORY NOTES Statewide survey
means a statistically valid survey conducted on a statewide basis.
The CHE is continuing to define data collection with the Employment Security Commission. Until results are available, this part of the indicator will be deferred or an alternate means of measurement will be used.
Technical Colleges may use the Graduate Follow-Up as the measurement.
Major Data Source: Institution reporting and, as applicable, student files matched with Employment Security Commission's files and reported to the Commission on Higher Education.
Applicable to: All Four Sectors Type Indicator: Combination. Criterion-referenced (Yes/No) and Benchmarked Expected Trend:
Compliance on Part 1 Sector Benchmark:
Part 1 = 'YES,' All Sectors. Additionally, compliance on Part 1 serves as a prerequisite for Part 2 and to score a 'Achieves' or 'Exceeds'
None established for Parts 2 and 3. NOTES:This measure was revised effective with the 1999-2000 Performance Year. Parts 2 and 3 were added to the measure to assure a source of data from the institutions and to address employers assessment of candidates for positions whom they did not hire. The change to the measure provides a measure that addresses more fully what the legislation requires, which includes feedback on those who are not hired as well as those who are. Most institutions survey employers in some fashion. The revision of this measure provides for these institutional efforts to be coordinated with some common questions and procedures across institutions within a sector. (7D) SCORES OF GRADUATES ON POST- UNDERGRADUATE PROFESSIONAL, GRADUATE, OREMPLOYMENT-RELATED EXAMINATIONS AND CERTIFICATION TESTS MEASURE Percentage of total students taking certification examinations who pass the examination. DEFINITIONS / EXPLANATORY NOTES Certification examinations are those examinations required for licensing or to practice within the State of South Carolina and/or the nation. These examinations have been defined for Act 255 of 1992 and will remain the same for Act 359 of 1996.
For the NTE exam, the scores will include all test takers not just first-time test takers. NTE data will come from SDE data files which will be transmitted via CHE for verification as available. Major Data Source: Data on examinations reported to CHE through institutions annual reporting of data as required by Act 255 of 1992. Applicable to: Research, Teaching, Technical, USC-Lancaster Type Indicator: Benchmarked Expected Trend: Upward Sector Benchmark: None Established.
(Comparability issues across institutions regarding numbers of students taking exams and types of exams offered result in the non-applicability of a single Sector Benchmark for this indicator.)
(7E) NUMBER OF GRADUATES CONTINUING THEIR EDUCATION
As a result of consideration of revisions during performance year 1998-99, this measurewas revised effective with Performance Year 1999-2000. Measures for Indicator 7B,'Employment rate for graduates' and 7E, 'Number of graduates that continuetheir education' were combined to create one measure of student outcome from twootherwise contradictory measures.
For the current measure, see Indicator 7B, (7F) CREDIT HOURS EARNED OF GRADUATES MEASURE Average total number of credit hours earned by graduates compared to the average total number of credit hours required for program completion, expressed as a percentage for students graduating with bachelor's degrees. DEFINITIONS / EXPLANATORY NOTES Although a student may be exercising an option to have a second major, the total hours required for this measure will be based on a single degree program as designated by the institution.
Total hours required are the total hours required to graduate by the program requirements as stated in the catalogue. Total hours earned
include all hours earned by the student upon awarding of the degree, excluding any college credits earned while in high school or credit given toward developmental courses. Students graduating with bachelor's degrees
is defined as first-time, full-time entering freshmen cohorts, excluding transfers-in. For multiple degrees earned in one year
, count all hours earned since the student enrolled at the institution as a first-time, full-time student regardless of whether a student remained full-time. Major Data Source:
CHEMIS Data Applicable to:
Research, excluding MUSC, and Teaching
(Not Applicable to Regional and Technical) Type Indicator:
Benchmarked Expected Trend:
Downward Sector Benchmark:
Research = 110%
Teaching = 110%