About SCF

Student Achievement Goals

And Student Success in Achieving Those Goals

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has established four primary goals regarding student achievement that indicate student success in academic achievement, especially when compared to the achievement of students in other Florida College System institutions and other appropriate student cohorts. SCF promotes student achievement in these areas and, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Education, tracks the success of its students in achieving the following goals:

  • Goal 1: Job Placement and Continuing Education for Program Completers
  • Goal 2: Transfer Student Success as Defined by Grade Point Average
  • Goal 3: Professional Licensure, First-Attempt Pass Rate
  • Goal 4: Student Success, Retention and Graduation Rates

Below, please find detailed information about each goal, reference groups and performance by SCF students.

Goal 1: JOB PLACEMENT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR PROGRAM COMPLETERS

With-in one year of degree completion, SCF graduates will be employed or continuing their higher education.

SCF students receiving an Associate in Science degree (A.S.) or an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.), have been successful in securing employment in their chosen fields or continuing their education. Placement data is gathered by the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) from various sources. FETPIP uses confidential follow-up data that describe the employment, military enlistment and continuing education experience of those individuals followed. The data are collected by using “record linkage” through the Florida Department of Education, the Agency for Workforce Innovation, U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Children and Families, just to list a few. By linking common data elements in different databases, FETPIP has been successful in generating and providing useful follow-up data on former students about their continuing education and/or job placement in the state of Florida. (Please note that Summer 2015 was the last semester in which students could be awarded an A.A.S. degree, as these programs were discontinued and the teach-out period ended in the summer semester of 2015.)
Supporting data: Placement by Program

Goal 2: TRANSFER STUDENTS SUCCESS AS DEFINED BY GRADE POINT AVERAGE

Graduates from SCF, AA, AS and AAS programs who continue their education at one of the State University System’s (SUS) institutions will earn grade point averages (GPAs) at a level equal to, or higher than, graduates from all the colleges in the Florida College System (FCS) combined.

Comparing data for all State University System (SUS) institutions combined, SCF graduates have, for the past three years, consistently earned higher GPAs compared to graduates from all colleges in the Florida College System (FCS). For sample data for individual universities (USF, FSU and UF) click the following link. SCF GPAs vs All FCS

Goal 3: PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE, FIRST-ATTEMPT PASS RATE

In professions requiring national and/or state licensure, the SCF first-attempt pass rate on the appropriate licensure exams will exceed the average pass rate for each exam.

In order to practice in their chosen fields, nursing and four other health professions require national and/or state licensure in addition to earning the degree in their respective areas. The linked document gives a longitudinal report of the performance by SCF graduates during their first attempt at taking the licensure examination(s). Where any first-time pass rate dropped (usually due to a change in the exam’s focus), the department involved has made appropriate adjustments to program elements to ensure that students are well prepared for the examination and able to successfully carry out their duties in providing health care. In all such cases, first-time pass rates increased in the following year.

View a report on professional licensure, first-attempt pass rates:  Professional Licensure, First Attempt Pass Rate

Goal 4: STUDENT SUCCESS, RETENTION and GRADUATION RATES

Introduction

The success, retention and graduation goals for students ARE based on the Florida College System Accountability Reports, which look at a cohort consisting of students who: (1) enrolled at SCF in the 2010 fall term without having attended college at any other institution of higher education and (2) earned at least 18 credit hours at SCF. These “first-time-in-college students” are tracked for a period of four years (from Fall 2010 through Spring 2014) to determine retention, success and graduation rates. Students declaring the Associate in Arts degree are tracked separately from those declaring an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree.

Retention and success rates are defined as follows:

Retention Rate = (Number of students graduating during the tracking period + number enrolled in Good Standing thru Spring 2014 + Number Enrolled Not in Good Standing thru Spring 2014) divided by the Number in the 2010 FTIC cohort pool.

Success Rate = (Number of students graduating during the tracking period + number enrolled in Good Standing thru Spring 2014 + Number Not Attending in Spring 2014 who were in Good Standing) divided by the Number in the 2010 FTIC cohort pool.

Please note that the SCF Cohort for comparison purposes is made up of College of Central Florida, Florida SouthWestern State College, Gulf Coast State College, Northwest Florida State College and Polk State College.

Goal 4a: STUDENT SUCCESS

At SCF, AA, AS and AAS students will succeed in their classwork at a rate equal to or higher rate than the average of all Florida College System (FCS) institutions and five FCS institutions of similar size, funding and program offerings.

View a report on the performance of SCF students on this measure: SCF Student Success

Goal 4b: STUDENT RETENTION

At SCF, AA, AS and AAS students will persist in their classwork at a rate equal to or higher rate than the average of all Florida College System (FCS) institutions and five FCS institutions of similar size, funding and program offerings.

 View a report on the performance of SCF students on this measure: SCF Student Retention

Goal 4c: GRADUATION RATE

At SCF, AA, AS and AAS students will succeed in their classwork at a rate equal to or higher rate than the average of all Florida College System (FCS) institutions and five FCS institutions of similar size, funding and program offerings.

View a report on the performance of SCF students on this measure: SCF Graduation Rate

 
Please direct questions regarding this information to the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at 941-752-5419.

 

 

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