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June 9, 2011

SPCC Recognized as Exceptional Institution

South Piedmont Community College has been recognized as one of the top 12 performing institutions within the North Carolina Community College System.

The Critical Success Factors Report for 2011 recognized SPCC for Exceptional Institutional Performance (EIP). To achieve this recognition, the college had to meet or exceed all eight performance measures and have no licensure exam with a passing rate of less than 70 percent. To get the exceptional rating, SPCC’s college transfer students had to perform as well as or better than University of North Carolina system students who began their college studies at a UNC institution.

SPCC showed one of the highest rates of progress among Basic Skills students in the state with 94 percent of 2,708 students completing a level, showing progress within a level or meeting a predetermined goal. The state standard is 75 percent. Basic Skills programs are General Educational Development (GED), Adult High School, Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages and Compensatory Education.

Eighty-six percent of SPCC students passed state examinations required for professional licensure or certification on the first attempt. The state standard is 80 percent. SPCC had no exam with a passing rate of less than 70 percent, a requirement for EIP recognition.

Ninety percent of SPCC students who transferred to a UNC institution had a grade point average greater than 2.0 after two semesters of study. The state standard is 83 percent.

Seventy-seven percent of SPCC students who enrolled in developmental courses in English, reading or math during the 2009-2010 school year completed the courses with a grade of C or better. The state standard is 75 percent.

When students who had completed developmental courses went on to take college-level English or math courses at SPCC, 84 percent earned a grade of D or better. The state standard is 80 percent.

Ninety percent of SPCC students who completed their program of study or left the college reported they were very satisfied or satisfied with the overall quality of the college. The state standard is 90 percent.

Sixty-seven percent of SPCC students enrolled in the 2009 fall semester seeking a credential had graduated, remained enrolled at SPCC or transferred to a university or another community college one year later. The state standard is 65 percent.

SPCC reported a 94 percent satisfaction rate among clients receiving specialized training and services through Customized Training and Small Business Centers. The state standard is 90 percent.

The eight standards used to evaluate the state’s 58 community colleges are:

  1. Progress of Basic Skills students
  2. Passing rates on licensure and certification exams
  3. Performance of college-transfer students
  4. Passing rates of students in developmental courses
  5. Success rates of developmental students in subsequent college-level courses
  6. Satisfaction of program completers and non-completers
  7. Curriculum student retention, graduation and transfer
  8. Client satisfaction with customized training

You can find the full report on the NC Community Colleges Website, http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Publications/docs/Publications/csf2011.pdf.