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Student Achievement Data

Indian River State College is dedicated to student achievement and success. To monitor performance related to this focus on student success, Indian River State College has identified four key performance indicators (KPIs) of student achievement that align with the College’s mission. The KPIs include (1) successful course completion rates for gateway English and mathematics, (2) retention rates, (3) graduation rates, and (4) job placement/continuing education rates.

Gateway course success rates are a good indicator of student achievement because they provide an overview of student achievement at or near the beginning of the student’s academic career. For the purpose of this measure, the College is using the Florida Department of Education’s definition of gateway English and math courses. As defined by Section (S.) 1008.02, Florida Statutes (F.S.), “Gateway course” means the first course that provides transferable, college-level credit allowing a student to progress in his or her program of study. According to this State statute, the following are “gateway courses” offered at IRSC:

  • ENC 1101 Freshman Composition Skills I Communication/General Education Core
  • MAC 1105 College Algebra Mathematics/ General Education Core
  • MGF 1106/ MGF2106 Mathematics for Liberal Arts I Mathematics/ General Education Core
  • MGF 1107/ MGF2107 Mathematics for Liberal Arts II Mathematics/ General Education Core
  • STA 2023 Statistical Methods I Mathematics/ General Education Core

To establish achievement goals, IRSC examines success rates over the previous four years. Goals are determined based on the previous years’ rate and the average rate of change. [Goal= Previous year’s rate + ((Maximum rate - Minimum rate) / (Number of years – 1))]. Previous performance along with achievement goals are identified in the table below.

Course Success Rates of Gateway Math and Gateway English Courses with Thresholds and Goals for 2018-2019

Success Rate
Course 2014-15* 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
ENC 1101 77.9% 81.2% 80.7% 81.0% 69.1% 82.1%
MAC 1105 69.7% 70.7% 71.9% 72.2% 58.5% 73.0%
MGF 2106 74.0% 74.4% 69.1% 73.7% 63.4% 75.5%
MGF 2107 71.6% 75.8% 76.0% 72.5% 63.5% 74.0%
STA 2023 67.8% 73.6% 77.0% 76.6% 64.8% 79.7%

Source: Florida Department of Education (FLDOE)
Note: *Data is only available for the fall and spring terms of the 2014-15 year

Fall-to-fall retention rates of first time, degree seeking students are important indicators of student achievement related to timely student completion. This measure is also a standard metric that IRSC reports to federal and state governing bodies each year. Because this is an important measure that leads to student completion, IRSC chose to use its own retention data rather than that from other sources to avoid a lag in reporting time and the related inability to act in a timely manner. The College’s goal reflects the institution’s efforts to continue improving its retention rates. The goal was set to increase the most recent year’s rate by the annual rate of change of the past four years [Goal= Previous year’s rate + ((Maximum rate - Minimum rate) / (Number of years – 1))], and it is outlined below.

Fall-to-Fall Retention Rates of First-Time, Degree-Seeking Students, Less Graduates and Transfer-Out Students, with Threshold and Goal for the 2018 Cohort.

Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate
2014 Cohort 2015 Cohort 2016 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2018 Cohort
2018 Cohort
70.6% 70.0% 71.2% 64.2% 60.9% 66.5%

Source: IRSC Data

In an effort to better understand, support, and monitor student success and completion, SACSCOC asked all member institutions to identify a key undergraduate student completion metric. In response, IRSC selected the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) six-year completion rate. IRSC has identified this measure as one of our metrics used to document student success.  IRSC’s performance for this measure is identified in the following table.

Six-Year Completion Rates of First-Time Students (Completing at Any Institution) with Threshold and Goal for the 2013 Cohort

Six-Year Completion Rate
2009 Cohort 2010 Cohort 2011 Cohort 2012 Cohort 2013 Cohort
2013 Cohort
47.9% 52.7% 54.9% 57.8% 47.9% 61.1%

Source: National Student Clearinghouse Cohort Tracker

IRSC monitors continuing education and job placement rates of all graduates as a key performance indicator of student achievement because this measure focuses on the achievement of post-graduation and professional goals.

For 2018-19, the goals were determined based on our students’ outcome data for the most recent four years. To reflect the College’s focus on continued improvement, the goals were set to increase the most recent year’s rate by the annual rate of change of the past four years [Goal= Previous year’s rate + ((Maximum rate - Minimum rate) / (Number of years – 1))]. IRSC’s performance for this metric is shown below.

Continuing Education/Job Placement Rates of Graduates, with Threshold and Goal for the 2017-18 Graduates

Continuing Education/Job Placement Rate
Grads Threshold
Grads Goal
Placement of all** Graduates N/A 86.3% 86.7% 83.4% 81.2% 85.1%
Continuing Ed. of AA Graduates 74.0% 74.1% 70.3% 70.7% 61.0% 72.0%
Job Placement of AS/BS/BAS/PSV/PSAV Graduates N/A 77.1% 78.5% 75.5% 72.44% 77.0%

Source: Florida Education & Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) **AA, AS, BS, BAS, PSV and PSAV. Other degree data was not available in all or some of these years.

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