Isothermal Community College


Student Achievement

Isothermal Community College tracks student achievement through state performance measures, comparisons to national completion rates, and internal tracking of student retention. The tables below provide recent data on student achievement.

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 2016 Performance Measures for Student Success reports that the College was above the average college percentage in four of the seven performance measures as shown on the following chart.

NCCCS Performance Measure
State Average
Above State Average
Basic Skills Student Progress 56.1% 39.8% No
Developmental Student Success Rate in College-Level English Courses 46.9% 58.4% Yes
Developmental Student Success Rate in College-Level Math Courses 26.9% 18.8% No

First Year Progression

68.4% 75.1% Yes
Curriculum Student Completion 44.1% 41.9% No

Licensure and Certification Passing Rate

82.3% 86.2% Yes
College Transfer Performance 82.7% 84.5% Yes

Student Tracker Report Results from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

This report draws on the National Student 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. It enhances the traditional graduation rate reporting in four key ways, listed below. The completion rates presented in this report differ significantly from IPEDS GRS results because this report includes: 1. Student completion anywhere: Beyond institutional boundaries, across state lines, and over time   2. Persistence anywhere, not just at the starting institution, for those who have not yet completed but are  still pursuing a degree  3. Disaggregation by student age at first entry and enrollment intensity  4. Enrollment intensity categories based on the enrollment status in all terms of enrollment, not just the first term.

The table below compares ICCs completion rates with a 2009 cohort with similar schools nationwide and includes comparisons the following breakdown by age. 

Six-Year Outcomes and First Completions for Students by Age at First Entry
National 2 YearIsothermal CCAbove National Avg.National 2 YearIsothermal CCAbove National Avg.National 2-yearIsothermal CCAbove National Avg.
Overall 38.1% 42.0% Yes 39.1% 43.8% Yes 39.9% 35.6% No
20 and younger 40.7% 44.0% Yes 41.2% 48.5% Yes 41.8% 35.5% No
21 - 24 25.2% 39.1% Yes 27.8% 20.1% No 29.3 23.1 No
Older than 24 36.5% 37.5% Yes 37.0% 35.9% No 37.5% 39.4% Yes

Retention rates from enrollment analysis report

Return from previous semester2013201420153-year average
Fall to Fall 43% 51% 66% 53.3%