New Montcalm Community College program aims at student goals


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:43 am on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Indicators of Success program

Success Indicators

• Developmental course completion
• Developmental student success in first college level course
• Fall to spring semester persistence
• Fall to fall semester retention
• College-level course completion
• Successful completion or transfer
• Student performance at transfer institutions
• Net cost for first-time, full-time

Environmental Scan Indicators

• Enrollment trends dual-enrollment trend
• On-line enrollment trends
• Off-campus enrollments
• Student satisfaction
• Employment rates
• Employer feedback
• Goal achievement
• Operational costs
• Facilities assessment reports
• Audit opinion
• Class size
• Number of employees, employee credentials and employee satisfaction
• Net assets and cash levels

 

SIDNEY — The Montcalm Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees is creating an Indicators of Success program to gain a better understanding of college students.

MCC President Robert Ferrentino presented Indicators of Success at Wednesday afternoon’s board meeting.

“It’s a work in progress,” Ferrentino said.

Indicators of Success is data designed to help administration get a better handle on student background and to use that data to help students meet goals.

Student goals

The data shows that 1,498 students of 2,065 students who enrolled at MCC for fall 2011 returned in spring 2012, which is about 72 percent. Of those 567 students that didn’t return, 29 graduated and one transferred.

“Do we make contact with those students who drop out and don’t get credentials?” asked Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli.

Dean of Students Denise Newman said this is not something that has been done in the past, but something MCC wants to start working on.

“We want to start contacting those who do persist and don’t retain,” Newman said.

She explained students have different goals. Some enroll in just one class to learn the basics of it, such as Microsoft.

“Their goal might have been met,” Newman said. “We have to find out what their goal is.”

College-level course completion

College-level course completion is the percentage of college-level courses that students successfully complete. For the fall semester, 73 percent of students successfully completed college-level courses.

Ferrentino said MCC would like to see at least 75 percent succeed in this area.

“We need to be boosting that,” he said. “It’s early, but we need it to be higher.”

For the last academic year, 72 percent of students successfully completed college-level courses, compared to 73 percent in 2010.

Transfer student performance

Success indicator data for student performance at transfer institutions show the cumulative first-year grade point average (GPA) for MCC transfer students at a university compared to native students.

“This is the most complete information we have ever have in terms of what we get back from (universities),” Ferrentino said.

For the last academic year, Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant had 16 students from MCC with a reported GPA of 3.13. Ferris State University in Big Rapids reported a 3.44 GPA for its 19 MCC transfer students. Native students showed a 3.36 GPA.

Grand Rapids Community College reported 134 MCC transfer students during the academic year. The MCC student GPA was 2.89 while native students had a GPA of 2.66.

MCC students had a GPA of 3.18 at Western Michigan University compared to the 2.91 GPA of native students.

“The data shows students are doing well when moving on,” Ferrentino said.

What does it all mean?

Ferrentino said the data shows MCC is on the right track.

The community college will continue to track students, their goals, success rate and how to improve outreach.

“There is work to be done, but the progress is good,” Ferrentino said.

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