Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Student Achievement Information
Student Achievement at LSCO
Lamar State College Orange tracks and analyzes multiple measures of student achievement to ensure the college is fulfilling its mission of transforming lives. In the process of monitoring student success and using data to make continuous improvements, LSCO is also fulfilling the requirements of Standard 8.1 for our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The following section defines SACSCOC Standard 8.1 and provides a list of select measures utilized to assess and improve student achievement, with reference links included for each measure.
SACSCOC Standard 8.1
The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes 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. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success.
Statement of Compliance
Because it uses a collaborative and data-informed process to identify goals, outcomes, multiple measures, and targets for student achievement appropriate to its mission, educational programs, and students, and because it regularly evaluates student success, publishes the results, and uses analysis of the results to inform efforts to seek improvement, Lamar State College Orange asserts compliance with Standard 8.1.
Measures of Student Achievement:
- IPEDS Graduation Rates
- THECB’s 60X30 TX Initiative – Developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) with input from school administrators, higher education leaders, community leaders, private industry leaders, elected officials, and other stakeholders, the 60X30 TX Plan establishes ideals for higher education that will help Texas secure its place in a global economy. As an institution within Texas’ Southeast Region, LSCO has worked in cooperation with other institutions within our geographic area to determine how each institution can contribute to meeting the 60X30 TX goals collectively as a region. Throughout a series of collaborative sessions, representatives from each of the six institutes of higher education within the Southeast Texas region convened to discuss, identify and evaluate numeric targets for the respective institutions for completion goals in 2020, 2025, and 2030.
- Reference Links: 2019 Southeast Region Plan, 60X30 TX Southeast Region Completion Targets
- THECB Accountability Report – Published annually by the THECB, the THECB Accountability Report displays data for LSCO and all Texas Institutions of Higher Education on multiple student achievement measures, including Degrees and Certificates Awarded, Graduation Rates, Fall Headcount, Working or Enrolled in Texas, and Annual Contact and Semester Credit Hours, among others. Several measures show disaggregated data by gender, ethnicity, economic status, and other demographic categories.
- Reference Link: LSCO 2021 Accountability Report
- THECB Licensure Pass Rates – LSCO records, tracks, and reports licensure rates for completers of the following CTE programs: Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), Pharmacy Technology, Vocational Nursing (LVN), and Registered Nursing (RN). The college thresholds for achievement is to meet or exceed statewide averages as reported for these programs. Licensure pass rates are reported to and published by the THECB.
- Reference Link: LSCO 2008-2018 Licensure Pass Rates
- THECB Perkins Core Indicators – The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act of 2006 established accountability measures as a benchmark of success in its programs, particularly two Core Indicator performance measures (1P1 and 2P1) with respect to CTE programs. These two performance measures are reported by the THECB to each institution receiving Perkins Grant funds. The measures identify state performance targets as well as state-wide actual performance. The target which all state institutions work toward is identified and the critical success measure is 90% of that target. Comparative results are published for all Texas postsecondary institutions by the THECB.
- Reference Link: LSCO 2022-2023 Perkins Core Indicators Data
- TSUS Vision 2020 Initiative – To help ensure the success of the THECB’s 60X30 TX initiative and the alignment of THECB goals and targets with the strategic planning and assessment of Texas State University System (TSUS) component institutions, the TSUS established the Vision 2020 Initiative. Vision 2020 is a collaborative strategic planning initiative of the TSUS administration and component institutions that identifies student success goals, sets outcomes and their associated measures, and establishes targets aligned with the values, goals, outcomes, measures, and targets established by the THECB’s 60X30 TX plan.
- Reference Link: LSCO 2022 Report Card