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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
Action Plan

2.2 - CTC Student Achievement
Are two-year college students making academic progress?

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Data Notes
Data Source: SBCTC Data Warehouse, Student Achievement Table
Measure Definition: Number of key academic benchmarks (achievement points) that students meet on the path to successfully completing degrees and certificates.
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Notes: (optional) In the table, each momentum point category represents only students who reached that category as their highest level of achievement during the academic year (e.g. a new student earned 30 credits during their first year would be in the "1st 30 College Credits" category, but not also in the "1st 15 College Credits" category).  Total points represents all the points those students accumulated during the academic year, at any achievement level.
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 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • The Student Achievement Initiative is Washington’s performance funding system for community and technical colleges aimed at improving public accountability and providing financial rewards to colleges for increasing the levels of achievement attained by their students.
  • Students come to colleges with varying levels of college readiness.  The  initiative rewards colleges when students pass through critical academic milestones:  getting ready for college, succeeding in the first year of college, completing college math, and reaching the tipping point, a certificate with at least a year of college or a degree.
  • SBCTC and national research demonstrates that college students experience a substantial boost in earnings gain when they reach the tipping point or beyond.
  • Student Achievement points continued their growth in all categories through 2009-10.  While the number of students increased by only1% over the previous year, total points grew by 12% as students are staying longer and aiming for longer-term credentials. 
  • Total points have grown by 26% since the 2006-07 baseline and net of all enrollment growth. 

Action Plan

  • Provide financial rewards to colleges each year for increasing the number of significant gains in critical academic milestones.
  • Colleges will identify and share strategies that are working well to increase student achievement in an effort to foster continuous improvement.