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 Student Achievement Information


FR 4.1 Student Achievement

LSC-O evaluates success, with respect to student achievement, utilizing an array of indicators for documenting student success in relation to its mission.

Student achievement data is collected and reported by the LSC-O Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) as well as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Accountability System and the Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant which evaluates student achievement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. This information is appropriate to the following portions of LSC-O’s mission statement.

  • to provide, through traditional and innovative delivery systems, an academic curriculum that offers associate degrees and prepares students for transfer to senior colleges and universities;
  • to provide, through traditional and innovative delivery systems, certificate and Associate of Applied Science Degree programs that prepare students for employment;
  • to provide support services that facilitate and enhance student learning and success;

The college divides its programs into CTE programs, those completers who are intending to move to a job, and academic programs where students are preparing to transfer to a four-year university.

The five CTE programs that have licensure exams for program completers are Dental Assisting, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Pharmacy Technology, Vocational Nursing (LVN), and Upward Mobility Nursing (UMN). CTE thresholds are adopted from the THECB data reported in the Carl D. Perkins accountability measures. The college thresholds for achievement is to meet or exceed these statewide averages as reported.

  • The Dental Assisting National Board Exam does not set a threshold of acceptability to determine success. However, LSC-O sets an acceptable pass rate at eighty percent (80%). In 2012, the Dental Assisting Program at LSC-O had a 100% pass rate as reported by the Texas Dental Assistant Registration online course sponsored by the Texas Academy of General Dentistry.
  • The National Registry for EMTs sets seventy-five percent (75%) as the threshold of acceptability to determine success. In 2012, the EMT Program at LSC-O had an 87% pass rate as reported by the National Registry.
  • The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam does not set a threshold of acceptability to determine success. However, LSC-O sets an acceptable pass rate at eighty percent (80%). In 2012, the Pharmacy Technician Program at LSC-O had a 68.4% pass rate as reported by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam.
  • The National Council Licensure Exam for Licensed Vocational Nurses sets eighty percent (80%) as the threshold of acceptability to determine success. In 2012, LSC-O had an 88.8% pass rate as reported by the National Council Licensure Examination for LVNs.
  • The National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses sets eighty percent (80%) as the threshold of acceptability to determine success. In 2012, LSC-O had a 69.7% pass rate as reported by the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs.

Further, LSC-O uses the Carl D. Perkins accountability measures as a benchmark of success in its programs, particularly two performance measures with respect to CTE programs.

  • Perkins Core Indicator 1P1: Technical Skill Attainment measures student attainment of challenging career and technical skill proficiencies, including student achievement on technical assessment that is aligned with industry-recognized standards, if available and appropriate.
  • Perkins Core Indicator 2P1: Credential, Certificate, or Diploma measures student attainment of an industry-recognized credential, certificate, or degree.

These two performance measures are reported by the THECB to each Perkins Grant receiving institution. The measures identify state performance targets as well as state-wide actual performance (an average). The target which all state institutions work toward is identified and the critical success measure is 90% of that target.

For university transfer students, the college establishes one threshold as being core complete. Another threshold is the measure of the number of students who transfer to universities.

LSC-O also measures student achievement based on the THECB Closing the Gaps Plan which is a state measure of achievement in participation, success, excellence, institutional efficiency and effectiveness, and milestones. LSC-O submits data to the THECB every two years. The THECB compiles this data into an Accountability Report.

LSC-O uses data from all of these reports to analyze LSC-O’s achievement of the thresholds and to set goals of achievement as they relate to enrollment, retention, graduation, course completion, job placement rates, and licensure rates (where they apply). From these measures, it is clear that LSC-O is meeting and exceeding these targets overall.