The Core Indicators of Effectiveness (CIE)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Principles of Accreditation Standard 8.1 (Student Achievement) requires institutions to identify, evaluate, and publish goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. It also indicates that the institution should use multiple measures to document student success. Requirements for publication are further specified in the SACSCOC Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure.

SFSC’s CIE provides guidance on consistent measures of performance and success with regard to 17 key areas, which were modeled after indicators adopted by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Measures are based on several data sources to include the National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP), Graduation Satisfaction Survey (GSS), Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP). 

Below, we highlight certain key measures and explain the data set.

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Persistence Rates – The proportion of students who enrolled at the beginning of one academic term and who were still enrolled at SFSC for at least one credit at the beginning of a subsequent academic term and had not yet completed a degree or certificate (Click on the image below to see the data in detail.)

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Graduation Rates – The proportion of first-time, full-time students who enrolled in and subsequently completed a degree or certificate program (Click on the image below to see the data in detail.)

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Credit, College-Level – The proportion of students who earned a grade of “C” or better in credit, college-level courses at the end of the fall term 

Credit Developmental Success, First College-Level – The proportion of students who earned a grad of “C” or better in the next-highest level, college level courses at the end of the fall term

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Success Online/Distance Learning – The proportion of students who earned a grade of “C” or better in an online/distance learning course (Click on the image below to see the data in detail.)

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Success Core Academic Skills – The proportion of students who earned a grade of “C” or better at the end of the fall term. (Click on the image below to see the data in detail.)

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Placement Rates – The proportion of entering students acquiring a marketable skill who obtain employment in a field directly related to that skill within one year of last attendance

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Transfer Rates – The proportion of Associate in Arts graduates continuing their education at a Florida university, institution within the Florida College System, or Florida post-secondary institution 

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58% of Associate in Arts graduates transfer to a Florida university

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Performance After Transfer – The proportion of SFSC AA graduates presently enrolled in the Florida State University System (SUS) with a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Core Indicator 1777% of SFSC grads who transferred and currently have a 2.5 GPA or higher