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Critical Success Factor 7_98

Critical Success Factor 7_98

 

 

Critical Success Factor: (7) GRADUATES’ ACHIEVEMENTS
Performance Indicator: (7A) GRADUATION RATES Measure: Requires three rates (including numbers) to be published and calculated. All numbers and rates are calculated using 150% 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)
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Definition: 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 refers to 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. Must be 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).

Method of Reporting: Annual reporting of data to the Commission on Higher Education

Note: If out-of-state transfer information becomes available, this measure will be reviewed for possible consideration of that information

 
Performance Indicator: (7B) EMPLOYMENT RATE FOR GRADUATES Measure: Percentage of graduates from undergraduate programs in an institution who are employed within a given region and within a determined time frame.

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Definition: Employed is defined as work for pay or profit or temporary absence from a job to which the worker will return, as a 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.

Method of Reporting: Student files matched with Employment Security Commission’s files and reported to the Commission on Higher Education. Until such a time that a statewide survey can be implemented, Act 255 biannual alumni survey information shall be used for this indicator.

 
Performance Indicator: (7C) EMPLOYER FEEDBACK ON GRADUATES WHO WERE EMPLOYED AND NOT EMPLOYED Measure: The level of satisfaction with the graduates of the institution, on a statewide survey, reported on a scale of satisfaction.

Definition: Statewide survey means a statistically valid survey conducted on a statewide basis.

Method of Reporting: Student files matched with Employment Security Commission’s files and reported to the Commission on Higher Education. Until such a time that a statewide survey can be implemented, this indicator shall be suspended.

Note: Data is not available for 'Not Employed' graduates.

 
Performance Indicator: (7D) SCORES OF GRADUATES ON POST- UNDERGRADUATE PROFESSIONAL, GRADUATE, OR EMPLOYMENT-RELATED EXAMINATIONS AND CERTIFICATION TESTS Measure: Percentage of total students taking certification examinations who pass the examination.

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Definition: 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 and will remain the same for Act 359.

Method of Reporting: Institutional Reports

Note: 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.

 
Performance Indicator: (7E) NUMBER OF GRADUATES THAT CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION Measure: The percentage of graduates who continue their education at a public in-state institution at a more advanced level after receiving an AA/AS degree or a baccalaureate degree.

Definition: Initial cohort used will be those who graduated in the 1997-98 academic year enrolled in a more advanced level within three years following graduation.

Method of Reporting: CHEMIS data

 
Performance Indicator: (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.

Measure not required for Regional or Technical College Sectors.

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Definition: 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.

Method of Reporting: CHEMIS data.