North Central State College Earns Honor For Student Success

North Central State College Earns Honor For Student Success

  • 2/20/2019 10:51:11 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - North Central State College has earned a new honor for excellence in student success.

Achieving the Dream (ATD) announced on Wednesday that North Central State College has earned Leader College of Distinction status. The status was awarded to the college for achieving high student outcomes and narrowing equity gaps. 

North Central State College is one of eleven colleges in the inaugural group receiving the honor. 

"The metrics ATD established for Leader College of Distinction are meant to encourage colleges to sustain aggressive efforts that result in far greater student success and equity," Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, stated. "The honor recognizes Network colleges that have stayed focused on the change process and seen real improvements in student achievement across the institution."

"We have dozens of people who work with students each day to make sure they are ready to continue pursuing their dream of a college education." Dr. Dorey Diab, president of NC State, said. "We strive to be proactive and supportive for each student. That's what this award represents -- the hard work by our students as well as the hard work of our faculty and staff in support of those efforts."

ATD assesses colleges on how incoming students in the fall (dual credit excluded) performed within a certain time frame compared to earlier groups of incoming fall students. The colleges are graded on three metrics. 

The three metrics are:

A. Completion of college-level math and/or English increased significantly over the last three years. The college has dramatically streamlined the traditional developmental education sequence, shaving multiple semesters of work previously required for students to reach college-level status. Incoming students’ completion of gateway math and English within a year of enrollment has increased from 26% for the fall 2014 group to 50% for the fall 2017 group. Also, every subgroup increased by double-digit percentages over three years.

B. Courses attempted/completed with a C- or higher grade also increased significantly over the last three years. The college has implemented numerous strategies at scale, both in and out of the classroom, to improve course success. These range from mandatory orientation and first-year experience courses, to embedded tutors in all developmental and gateway classes, to financial aid strategies encouraging full-time enrollment. The average credits completed in one year has risen from 12.0 for the fall 2014 group to 15.5 for the fall 2017 group. The course completion rate for incoming students rose from 76% to 81%. Every subgroup increased in both of these categories.

C. The number of students completing a certificate or degree within four years also increased. Advising strategies to improve entering students’ experiences are now contributing to improved graduation rates. Doubling the college’s advising resources has also contributed to the improvement in graduation rates--from 19% for the Fall 2011 group to 24% for the Fall 2014 group, with improvements in nearly every subgroup.

"Becoming a Leader College of Distinction is a huge honor for NC State." Dr. Diab said. "We are one of eleven colleges in the nation to receive this honor. We will continue our efforts to increase the success of our students. Because their success will allow them to become productive, engaged adults with rewarding careers. That is a positive outcome for our entire region."

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