Understanding a Student Success Process at UDC-CC
The diagram below shows a typical pathway to student success at UDC-CC. In this framework, student success, defined as graduation or successful transition to 4-yr institutions, is a function of continuous enrollment, which is highly influenced by student's academic success during the first year of college. The diagram also displays the priority metrics in each transitioning point, illustrating the areas of focus that the college considers especially important. UDC-CC has closely monitored these key indicators, benchmarking them against the peer ATD institutions to better understand the strengths and challenges of the institution, so that the college can provide effective supports to assist students in accomplishing their goals at UDC-CC.
The following metrics are chosen as UDC-CC's benchmark indicators. These metrics are compared to the peer institutions participating in the Achieving the Dream initiative.
Metric 1: Developmental Course Completion Rate
The percentage of first-time, full-time freshmen referred to remedial education who completed (a grade of C or above) at least one developmental course during the first year of enrollment at UDC-CC.
Metric 2: % Credits with C or above
Total credits with C or above as a percent of total attempted credit hours for first-time, full-time freshmen during their first fall term of college.
Metric 3: Gatekeeper Course Completion Rate
The percentage of first-time, full-time freshmen who completed (a grade of C or above) the gatekeeper course in Math (or English) during the first year of enrollment at UDC-CC. UDC-CC defines College Math and English Composition 1 as the gatekeeper courses.
Metric 4: 1-year Persistence Rate
The percentage of first-time, full-time freshmen who continued to enroll in their second fall term. Students who had transferred to 4-year institutions or received an Associate's degree by the end of their first academic year are also reflected as success in this indicator.
Metric 5: Student Success Rate
The percentage of first-time, full-time freshmen who graduated with an Associate's degree within three years of enrollment. Students who had transferred to 4-year institutions or accumulated at least 36 credit hours by the end of their third academic year are also considered success in this indicator. This metric will not be available until Spring 2013.