Florida Gateway College strives to ensure positive outcomes for its students and graduates. To this end, the College tracks several student achievement metrics to determine if students are retained by the College, if they graduate from the College, and how well their education serves them as they seek employment or continuing education. By monitoring these metrics, the College can make timely and appropriate interventions to ensure positive outcomes for its students.
For each metric, two goals are presented. The first is a minimum goal, based on the five-year average of the metric. If the metric dips below this minimum, College leaders take immediate action to improve performance. The second goal is a challenge goal, which is the five-year average of the metric plus 5%. Florida Gateway College seeks continuous improvement, and working towards the challenge goals help the College improve its education and services to better meet students’ needs.
Several things should be noted about the metrics presented. Sample sizes (N, or the number of students counted in the cohort) are listed when available next to each reporting year. Dual enrollment students are not counted in any of the metrics presented. Dual enrollment students who graduate from high school and then matriculate at FGC are considered the first time in college students and are included in reporting from this point forward.
Graduation rates are an important student success metric, as students who graduate with a degree or certificate can access the benefits of an educational credential, such as improved job prospects, more fulfilling work, and a stable income. Florida Gateway College uses two data sources for graduation rates: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data, which presents the College’s overall graduation rate; and Florida College System data, which presents the College’s graduation rate by program type.
The traditional IPEDS graduation rate is calculated based on the number of first time in college students attending the College full-time who graduate within 150% of normal degree completion time.
Florida Gateway College recognizes the importance of student retention, as retention is the first step towards graduation from the College. If a student is retained, this indicates that the College is meeting the needs of that student. The Florida College System considers students in a cohort to be retained if they enrolled in two consecutive fall terms. Retention calculations include both part-time and full-time first time in college students.
Note. Baccalaureate retention rates have only been available for three years for Florida Gateway College, as the first baccalaureate program was not offered until 2012.
The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year educational program. As such, the percentage of A.A. graduates who transfer to a four-year institution is an indicator of how well the College’s A.A. program is meeting the needs of these potential transfer students.
Note. A.A. graduates who are found enrolled at another Florida College System institution or a district postsecondary institution are not included in these percentages.
Vocational program placement rates are an important student achievement indicator. Many students enroll in higher education programs to improve their job prospects and career mobility. High placement rates demonstrate that Florida Gateway College’s programs are adequately preparing students to enter the workforce or continue their education. Vocational placement is defined by the Florida College System as being employed, being enrolled in an educational program, or being in military service.
Notes. Placement rates include all students who completed a vocational program (Associate in Science or certificate program) within the time period examined. The College recognizes that its placement rate is consistently high (above 90%), but is committed to striving towards the challenge goal.
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