Student Achievement Goals

Student success is important at Forsyth Tech; after all, your success as a student is ultimately our success as an institution. We measure student achievement and success in a variety of ways at multiple levels, but the measures listed on this page are ones we deem critical to monitoring student progress.

 

Retention

Part of achievement is staying on the path to your goal. Forsyth Tech’s goal is to increase Fall-to-Fall retention for all students over a previous three-year rolling average. A secondary goal is to narrow the retention equity gaps that exist between our underrepresented minority and majority students and between our full-time and part-time students.

2014 Fall Cohort 2015 Fall Cohort 2016 Fall Cohort 3-Year Average
Non-underrepresented Minorities 56% 58% 57% 57%
Underrepresented Minorities 39% 46% 46% 43%
Full-time Students 56% 56% 56% 56%
Part-time Students 40% 50% 47% 43%
Overall 49% 53% 53% 51%

 

Successful Course Completion

Another part of achievement is successfully completing those courses on your path to graduation. We hold high expectations of our students and are ceaselessly committed to supporting students in reaching those expectations. Our goal is for Forsyth Tech students to increase their successful completion of courses over our previous three-year rolling average for both online and on-ground classes.

Traditional Courses – Success Rate Traditional Courses – Withdraw Rate Online Courses – Success Rate Online Courses – Withdraw Rate
Fall 2015 73.3% 14.8% 60.8% 24.6%
Fall 2016 75.5% 14.6% 65.4% 22.8%
Fall 2017 76.7% 8.3% 67.6% 15.0%
3-Year Average 75.1% 12.7% 64.6% 20.7%

 

North Carolina Community College Performance Measures

Forsyth Tech maintains accountability within the North Carolina Community College System to benchmark ourselves against other community colleges within the state. The College monitors student progress in basic skills, success rates in college-level English, success rates in college-level math, student progression in the first year, student completion, licensure and certification pass rate, and success in college transfer. For each of the seven measures, Forsyth Tech’s goal is to meet or exceed the System goal or average; however, the College strives to meet the excellence level as determined each year by the System. These summary measures, and more detailed comparative data, may be found on the North Carolina Community College System’s (NCCCS) performance measures web page.

Basic Skills Progress Credit English Success Credit math Success First Year Progression Curriculum
Completion
Rate
Licensure Pass Rate Transfer Performance
NCCCS Excellence Level 68.3% 55.9% 32.5% 75.0% 51.9% 90.9% 87.6%
NCCCS College Average 60.1% 53.0% 32.5% 70.9% 43.4% 79.8% 83.7%
Forsyth Tech 52.0% 61.0% 32.4% 72.6% 42.1% 87.6% 86.1%

 

Category Definitions

Basic Skills Student Progress – Percentage of Basic Skills students who achieve an Educational Functioning Level gain during the program year (July 1 – June 30).

Student Success Rate in College-Level English Courses – Percentage of first-time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway students passing a credit-bearing English course with a “C” or better within two years of their first term of enrollment.

Student Success Rate in College-Level Math Courses – Percentage of first-time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway students passing a credit-bearing Math course with a “C” or better within two years of their first term of enrollment.

First Year Progression – Percentage of first-time fall curriculum students attempting at least 12 credit hours who successfully complete at least 12 hours within their first academic year (fall, spring, summer).

Curriculum Completion – Percentage of first-time fall curriculum students who, within six years of first term of enrollment, have either graduated, transferred, or are still enrolled with at least 36 non-developmental credit hours.

Licensure and Certification Passing Rate – Aggregate institutional passing rate of first-time test-takers on licensure and certification exams. Exams included in this measure are state mandated exams which candidates must pass before becoming active practitioners.

College Transfer Performance – The percentage of students who exited NCCCS after having completed an Associate Degree and/or least 30 cumulative hours of articulated transfer credits and subsequently transferred to a four-year college or university and earned a GPA of 2.25 or better after two consecutive semesters within the academic year at the institution.