Student Success Benchmarks

Students Success Benchmarks Established by the North Carolina Community System as Annual Performance Funding Measures

1. There are two performance funding measures relating to basic skills (pre-college) students. These measures as set to establish that students with low literacy levels are progressing academically toward attainment of goals and becoming self-sufficient.  The first benchmark indicates the percentage of students in adult basic literacy programs who are progressing from level to level. The second shows the percentage of students in GED preparation programs continue and pass the GED exam.

Basic Skills Progress

2. Developmental Student Success Rate in College-level English and Math Courses - Percentage of previous developmental math, English and/or reading students who successfully complete a credit math of English course with a “C” or better upon the first attempt.


3. First Year progress assesses the percentage of first-time fall credential-seeking students who attempted at least 12 credit hours and successfully complete (A, B, C, P) at least 12 credits.

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4. Curriculum Student Persistence and Completion - Percentage of first-time fall credential-seeking students who graduate, transfer, or are still enrolled with 36 hours after six years. This is also a state performance measure and also known at the 60 by 20 measure.

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5. Licensure Pass Rates are measured by program area by college. The benchmark establishes an aggregate institutional pass rates for first-time test-takers. Individual licensure pass rates are included by discipline.


6. Transfer Success is calculated to determine the success of two groups of transfer students.  The performance of associate degree completers is tracked to the UNC system as well as students who accumulated 30 credit hours and transfer.  The table below shows the percentage of transfer students with a GPA of 2.0 or greater after one year at the university.