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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.c - First 15 & 30 College Credits
Are college students increasing their achievement in the critical first year of college?
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Data Notes SBCTC Data Warehouse
Data Source:
Measure Definition: Number of students who complete the first 15 and 30 college-level credits
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

  • In 2009-10, the number of students reaching the first 15 college-level credits increased by 5% over the previous year, while those reaching 30 credits increased by nearly twice that (9%) as shown in the graph to the left.  Because of the recession, more students attended full time and enrolled for higher credit loads.
  • The achievement of a subset of those students, those who start the year with at least 15 but less than 30 credits, is shown in the table to the left.
  • Those students are making great strides in passing college math—an 11% increase in math achievement with a 6% increase in the number of students.
  • The tipping point was the fastest growing milestone for those students.  For the second year, workforce students generated most of this growth as colleges added short certificates that students with 45 credits combined to earn a point in the tipping point category.  The students who completed college-level math are poised to advance to a longer-term credential.

Action Plan

  • Provide financial rewards to colleges each year for increasing the number of college students who reach the first 15 and first 30 college-level credits.
  • Expand promising practices such as integrating achievement points into tracking and advising.
  • Engage in global consortia to provide tutoring and virtual library services to all students around the clock to help them succeed in college.