Performance Measures for Student Success
The Performance Measures Report is the NC Community College System’s major accountability document. It serves to inform colleges and the public
on the performance of our 58 community colleges.
In February 1999, State Board of Community Colleges developed twelve performance measures for accountability that focus primarily on student
success. These measures and standards were accepted and approved by the full State Board in May 2000 for implementation in the fiscal year
2000-2001. Amended in 2015, the performance measures for accountability were adapted to seven annual measures. All community colleges are
required to publish performance on the seven measures annually in the electronic catalog or on the Internet, and in the printed catalog each
time it is reprinted.
The seven Performance Measures and the result for CCC&TI, based on the 2018 report are as follows:
- Basic Skills Student Progress –To ensure adults with low literacy skills are progressing academically toward basic
skill attainment necessary for employment and self-sufficiency. Description: Percentage of students who progress as defined by an
educational functioning level gain during the program year (June 1 – July 30).
Baseline: 34.5% Excellence: 68.3% CCC&TI: 51.9%
- Student Success Rate in College-Level English Courses – To ensure students are successfully completing credit-bearing
English courses within their first two academic years. Description: Percentage of first-time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway
students passing a credit-bearing English course with a “C” or better within two years of their first term of enrollment.
Baseline: 23.8% Excellence: 55.9% CCC&TI: 40.6%
- Student Student Success Rate in College-Level Math Courses – To ensure students are successfully completing
credit-bearing Math courses in a timely manner. Description: Percentage of first-time Associate Degree seeking and transfer pathway
students passing a credit-bearing math course with a “C” or better within their first two academic years.
Denominator: First-time fall curriculum students who have an Associate Degree primary curriculum program or are in a Career and
College Promise College Transfer Primary Pathway.
Baseline: 10.1% Excellence: 32.5% CCC&TI: 36.6%
- First Year Progression – To ensure first-year students reach an academic momentum point that helps predict future
credential completion. Description: Percentage of first-time fall curriculum students attempting at least 12 hours within their
first academic year who successfully complete at least 12 of those hours.
Baseline: 54.1% Excellence: 75.0% CCC&TI: 73.1%
- Curriculum Completion – To ensure student completion and persistence toward a post-secondary credential.
Description: Percentage of first-time fall credential seeking students who graduate, transfer, or are still enrolled with
36 non-developmental hours after six years.
Baseline: 35.9% Excellence: 51.9% CCC&TI: 38.7%
- Licensure and Certification Passing Rate – To ensure programmatic coursework prepares students to competently
practice in their chosen profession. Description: Aggregate institutional passing rate of first-time test-takers on licensure
and certification exams. Exams included in this measure are state mandated exams which candidates must pass before becoming
Baseline: 69.9% Excellence: 90.9% CCC&TI: 88.8%
- College Transfer Performance – To ensure the academic success of community college students at a four-year
university or college. Description: Among community college Associate Degree completers and those who have completed 30 or more
credit hours who transfer to a four-year university or college, the percentage who earned a GPA of 2.25 or better after two
consecutive semesters within the academic year at the transfer institution.
Baseline: 65.1% Excellence: 87.6% CCC&TI: 79.1%
*Source: 2018 Performance Measures for Student Success for the North Carolina Community College System, July 2018
The current and past years’ Performance Measures for Student Success reports may be found at: