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SCC excels again on annual performance measures report

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Monday, July 21, 2014
Annette Guy of Buncombe County graduated from Southwestern Community College’s nursing program this spring. Southwestern was one of six institutions among the state’s 58 to exceed the North Carolina Community College System average in seven or more of the eight measures used to gauge annual performance.

For the second straight year, Southwestern Community College was among a handful of institutions statewide to exceed the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) average in seven or more of the eight measures used to gauge annual performance.

Only five of the system’s other 57 community colleges achieved that level of success: Davidson County, Forsyth Technical, Mitchell, Stanly and Surry.

SCC exceeded one of the system’s goals, licensure pass rate, in the NCCCS’ April issue of the “Performance Measures for Student Success.” The report is based on data from the 2012-13 academic year.

“I am so proud of our faculty and the support staff because they are the reason we have such strong results in this report year after year,” said Dr. Don Tomas, president of SCC. “However, we are constantly reviewing our strategies and finding new ways to improve our performance in each of these categories.”

Southwestern was also above the system average in the following categories: progress of basic skills students, GED® diploma passing rate, success rate of developmental students in subsequent college-level math courses, first-year progression, curriculum completion and performance of college transfer students.

In the report’s eighth category, success rate of developmental students in subsequent college-level English courses, SCC measured above the system baseline.

The NCCCS moved to relational, rather than set, standards as accountability measures for last year’s report and continued with that method this year.

SCC is currently accepting applications for the fall semester. The last day for registration is Aug. 15, and classes start Aug. 18.