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Education Final 05-15-12
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes

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.
Target Rationale:
Link to Agency Strategic Plan:
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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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis: No

 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.
  • In 2010-11, the effects of budget cuts began to take hold. Fewer students (headcount) were served. Basic skills cuts resulted in fewer basic skills points than the year before.  Prior to 2011, basic skills were the single largest area for point gain. First year college level points also declined as fewer students meant fewer new students at the beginning of the pipeline. However, following the framework, more continuing students moved beyond first year points advancing to completion.  Completions increased by 17 percent over one year prior. College math points were the second highest increase (5 percent), a result of more attention being paid to both math and pre-college math.
  • Total points have grown by 31% 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.
  • The community and technical college system is conducting a five year review of the Student Achievement Initiative.  The goal is to review the background and current status of the Student Achievement Initiative and to identify questions and issues critical to making recommendations on the metrics and funding model.  The process is expected to be completed by fall 2012.