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BRCC Students Demonstrate Success In Licensure Exams, College Transfer

 


The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) launched a new set of accountability measures to gauge student success and Blue Ridge Community College performs at the top when compared to other community colleges across the state.

The performance measures for student success are a result of SuccessNC, N.C. Community Colleges’ three-year strategic plan. The new measures were developed by a committee comprised of college leadership, faculty and staff from across the state with various areas of expertise and insight, and were enacted into law by the General Assembly in June 2012.

“Our community college system has always maintained a focus on accountability,” said N.C. Community College System President Dr. Scott Ralls. “SuccessNC marks a shift in our emphasis on student completion and success, and our new performance measures more accurately reflect a focus on key metrics we believe are important to student progress.”

The new, annual accountability report released on Wednesday includes eight performance measures: basic skills student progress, GED diploma passing rate, developmental student success rate in college-level English courses, developmental student success rate in college-level math courses, first year progression, curriculum student completion, licensure and certification passing rate, and college transfer performance. The report is based on data collected during the previous academic year, with system-wide baselines and goals for each measure based on the prior three years of historical data.

Blue Ridge Community College was one of only three community colleges that met or exceeded the goal on four of the eight performance measures. Those included developmental student success rate in college-level math courses, first year progression, licensure and certification passing rate, and college transfer performance. Blue Ridge performed above the baseline on all measures.

Scoring second highest in the state, the report showed that 98.6 percent of Blue Ridge Community College students who transferred to a four-year university or college earned a 2.0 GPA or better after two semesters at the transfer institution.

Blue Ridge Community College President Molly A. Parkhill commended the faculty and staff on Thursday when the results were released by NCCCS, saying, “The results of this report provide evidence that Blue Ridge Community College is one of the top-performing community colleges in the state of North Carolina. Our dedicated faculty and staff provide quality training and education and an exceptional commitment to our students and our community as a whole. This report is an endorsement of a job well done.”

 
 

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