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The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement including, as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates. (Student achievement)
The University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate)assesses student achievement with respect to course completions, retention and graduation rates, state licensing examination results, and job placement rates.This commitment to student success is evaluated through data analyses and reporting processes.
The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning provides data analyses and reports to support the assessment of student success.The School of Education PRAXIS II and Mary Black School of Nursing NCLEX 2010 results are compiled and reported in compliance with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE) mandate that first-time pass rates on state examinations be submitted annually. Similarly, the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)requires submissions of student success data through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), including retention and graduation rates.
Progress toward program completion is analyzed using grade distributions. Freshman course completion rates are provided annually to the deans and chairs in order to develop and implement initiatives to improve student performance. For example, course success rates in Biology 110 indicated students had difficulty succeeding in the course. Additional tutors were hired to assist students to achieve success.
Similarly, analyses of success measures for transfer students and graduates are compiled periodically. The reports contain a wide range of data including student characteristics; indicators of studentsuccess; retention; graduation rates;job placement rates; matriculation to other schools and firstsemester, firstyear, and cumulative grade point averages. These reports are available to theUniversity community on the USC Upstate website. The findings from these analyses have been the impetus for significant student success initiatives such as the creation of the Student Success Center.
USC Upstate also periodically surveys current students, graduates, and alumni. The table below lists selected surveys, the population addressed, and the frequency of administration.
Some specific examples of how data results have been used in making changes in the School of Education are:
Some specific examples of how data results have been used in making changes in the Office of Disability Services as a result of the Student Evaluation of Disability Services Annual Survey:
The results of assessments and evaluations of student success are used to refine the institution’s strategic planning processes.
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