Snead State Community College is committed to the evaluation of student achievement, and the College measures student achievement in a number of ways based on college, state and federal performance indicators.
* Comparison Group Median is derived from comparisons with the 21 other community colleges that make up the Alabama Community College System.
Snead State monitors graduation rates as a measure of student learning. Graduation rates for first-time, full-time credential-seeking students, in 150% (three years) of normal time to complete a degree are listed in the table below. Snead State students will graduate within 150% of normal time at a rate of 40%.
To ensure the College reaches and maintains the established goals for graduation, a variety of programs have been implemented such as Finish What You Start, direct text messaging to students in Mongoose Cadence. Degree audits from the Academic Affairs Office with results emailed directly to students. In addition, Snead State has a number of student groups that promote academic achievement, such as Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kapp and Sigma Kappa Delta. In addition, the National Society for Leadership and Success help reach the “missing middle” students that may not qualify for the academic clubs, but support those students in building characteristics that lead to graduation and other successes. The College also has a TRIO program from the U.S. Department of Education that provides support programs for students from low socioeconomic and first-generation backgrounds.
The College monitors retention in a number of ways. The annual Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS) Fall Enrollment report measures fall-to-fall retention for first-time full-time and part-time students. The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) also annually compiles fall-to-fall retention numbers for all public colleges in Alabama. Snead State students will be retained at a rate of 65%.
Student retention goals will be attained by direct contact to students via text messaging and emails that encourage students to remain enrolled and graduate. Encouraging first-time students to participate in clubs such as National Society for Leadership and Success encourages group participation and peer counseling, thus strengthening the college experience.
Job Placement Rates
The College monitors job placement rates for each of its career and technical programs. Minimum criteria for each program are established by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the Alabama Community College System. Employment data is locally tracked by technical program instructors who directly contact students after graduation/program completion. This data is compiled by the Workforce Development Specialist, the Career and Technical Education Director, and supplemented with data from the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations.
The Career and Technical Education Department (CTE) has identified improvement strategies when goals are not met. The plan of action will include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Develop relationships with local, field related industry (especially maintenance supervisors and HR departments).
- Schedule “mini” career days to connect industry with students.
- Monitor area industry for job announcements.
- Incorporate job skills into all levels of curriculum.
- Gather alternative contact information for post-graduation follow-up
- Coordinate with industry maintenance personnel to evaluate curriculum and ensure that students are receiving instruction that is applicable to real world requirements.
These steps will also be used proactively to drive placement and not just as a response to poor placement numbers.
The Workforce Development Department (WD) has identified improvement strategies when goals are not met. The plan of action will include, but is not limited to the following:
- Employers will be invited to present employment opportunities to students.
- Students will engage in tours of local industry for career exploration.
- Job opportunities presented to the College will be emailed to students.
- WD instructors and Snead State staff will counsel students in preparation and assistance with job placement.
*The total of students completing an award are not unduplicated. Some receive both a certificate and AAS Degree in-field.
**Due to Covid-19, in-class instruction prevented most of Workforce Development training. These courses, by design, require hands on training, and were cancelled.
Snead State reviews transfer out rates as a way to determine success of college transfer programs and progress toward student four-year degree attainment. Students who are enrolled with an intent to complete a degree at another institution are submitted to the National Student Clearinghouse for transfer data. Snead State students will successfully transfer to another institution at a rate of 30%.
To reach and sustain the established transfer-out goal, Snead State hosts a Transfer Day than includes colleges and universities from the Southeastern U.S. These two and four year colleges provide information about transferring and scholarships. The College also has a number of Pathway Agreements with four-year colleges that provide a seamless transition for students who complete a degree at Snead and transfer to another institution.
State Licensure Performance
Snead State has one program that lead to professional licensure: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing. Graduates of the Associate Degree nursing program take the NCLEX-RN exam. Results are posted as an aggregate score of Mobility and Traditional passage percentages. The results are reported annually to the State Board of Nursing and are an important part of the state’s evaluation of the program. A passing rate of 80% is considered the minimum acceptable standard by the State of Alabama.
Nursing faculty monitor HESI Testing scores to ensure content deliver promotes student success. The student learning outcomes are also evaluated each semester, with evaluation that assures students are prepared for the NCLEX examination.
As part of the ongoing initiative to promote student success, Snead State identifies freshman “Gateway” courses as those that must be completed before the student can progress academically beyond freshman status. *These courses will include ENG 099 Introduction to College Writing, ENG 101 English Composition I, MTH 098 Elementary Algebra, MTH 100 Intermediate College Algebra, BIO 103 Principles of Biology I. Students enrolled in the Fall term are tracked for benchmarking. Seventy percent (70%) of Snead State students will successfully complete the Gateway courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
*The Alabama College System has defined the guidelines for developmental education courses. The documented courses are current and have been required since 2017.
ENG 099: Students in ENG 099 were given one attempt on graded assignments such as writing paragraphs and multiple-choice learning modules. To improve student achievement to the targeted goal, students will be allowed to repeat assignments to improve scores. In addition, students who score below the minimum passing score will be referred to the Academic Success Center for tutoring.
ENG 101: To ensure continued student success, Smarthinking software provides students with feedback to reinforce ideas presented in class, and provides individualized reviews of student writings. Students are encouraged to submit thesis statement for instructor feedback prior to required essays.
MTH 098: To increase student success beginning Fall 2021 there will be one MTH 098 on-campus class put back on the schedule. Also, in ALL MTH 098 sections beginning Fall 2021, there will be 20-point practice exams required for each chapter which will help the student practice before the real test and increase the total number of points for the course.
MTH 100: To increase student success, the online MTH 100 sections will have a 2nd attempt for Chapter 4 test (Overall lowest passing test) with the student receiving the highest of the two attempts as their grade (Note: both attempts will be proctored). Beginning Fall 2021, the on-campus MTH 100 sections will be allowed to bring in a 5×7 note card with any information the student chooses to place on the card during the Chapter 4 test, but the on-campus students will have only one attempt at the test.
BIO 103: To maintain the best opportunities for student success in on-campus and online BIO 103 courses, class resources such as exam topic guides, practice exams, instructor notes, and presentation handouts will continue to be available for student review purposes.