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Isothermal Community College tracks student achievement through state performance measures and comparisons to national completion rates. The information below provides recent data on student achievement.

North Carolina Community College System

2020 Performance Measures for Student Success Summary

The Performance Measures for Student Success Report is the North Carolina Community College System's (NCCCS) major accountability document. This annual performance report is based on data compiled from the previous year and serves to inform colleges and the public on the performance of all North Carolina community colleges. Isothermal Community College is committed to using this system to continuously monitor, evaluate, and improve the quality of programs offered in Rutherford and Polk counties.

The 2020 performance measures for student success reports that the college was above the standard baseline level on all measures and above the state average on four of these measures and of those, the college measured excellent in the state for English credit success, first-year progression, and success of its students on college transfer.

Read the full report of Isothermal and all North Carolina Community Colleges.

National Student Clearinghouse - StudentTracker Postsecondary Completions

Institutional Benchmark Report (Key Performance Indicator)

The National Student Clearinghouse Completions Benchmark Report provides an institution-level view of student completion rates benchmarked to the analysis published in the national signature report on completions. The report draws on the Clearinghouse's national coverage of enrollment and awarded education credentials to explore the six-year outcomes of a cohort of first-time-in-college degree-seeking students, who started in fall 2013.

Goals and Outcomes
  • Goal: For the 2014 cohort, total overall completions is 46.15%.
  • Threshold of Acceptability: For the 2014 cohort, the threshold for total overall completions is 43.46%.
  • Rationale: In the spirit of continuous improvement, the College elects to not fall below the 2013 percentage, and there was a 6.2% increase from 2012 to 2013; therefore, the goal has been increased to reflect an additional increase for the 2014 cohort. The threshold of acceptability is set at the level of the 2013 cohort. When examining national averages, Isothermal reflects an increase greater than the national average of similar size institutions, aligning the College with continued success in regards to postsecondary completions.
  • Isothermal Initiatives to Assist with Achieving its Completion Goal:
    • Stackable Credentials
    • Tutoring Center
    • Writing Center
    • Re-enrollment Campaigns
    • Letter of Hope for Financial Aid Appeals
    • Related Opportunities for Success in Similar Programs

The tables below show Isothermal data compared to national benchmarks for other two-year institutions. The data is disaggregated by gender and race as the College aims to recognize gaps in services to minority populations.

Additional information may be requested by contacting the Office of Assessment, Planning, and Research.

Completions for Students by Gender and Race at First Entry
Isothermal CC
2013 2012 2011
Overall 43.46% (270) 40.94% (267) 37.28% (317)
Men 41.75% (122) 37.18% (119) 36.80% (131)
Women 44.88% (148) 43.98% (148) 37.68% (186)
Black 32.78% (43) 32.61% (46) 22.42% (40)
Hispanic 36.83% (11) 34.10% (15) 69.23% (13)
White 46.18% (204) 43.26% (197) 37.97% (249)
National Benchmark
2013 2012 2011
Overall 40.76% (757,646) 39.22% (752,206) 37.53% (766,297)
Men 38.88% (342,333) 37.48% (336,945) 37.53% (766,297)
Women 43.96% (374,524) 42.31% (372,117) 40.53% (382,295)
Black 28.77% (92,611) 27.54% (88,407) 25.96% (91,067)
Hispanic 37.06% (135,715) 35.73% (110,457) 35.00% (99,974)
White 49.23% (330,358) 48.08% (317,704) 46.71% (310,771)

Contact for information

Leeann Cline-Burris
Director of Institutional Assessment
lacline@isothermal.edu
828-395-4194

Meghan Nevil
Institutional Assessment Coordinator
mnevil@isothermal.edu
828-395-1480