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Federal Requirements 4.1

When evaluating success with respect to student achievement in relation to the institution’s mission, the institution includes, as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates.



Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) is in compliance with this Federal Requirement by demonstrating that it evaluates student achievement as it relates to the College’s mission in the areas of course completion, state licensing examinations and job placement rates. Evidence that these evaluative efforts are occurring is presented in the North Carolina Community College System Critical Success Factors annual report in the Performance Measures and Standards.


Cape Fear Community College’s Mission Statement is clearly defined and published in the College’s major publications, such as the Cape Fear Community College Catalog and Student Handbook, which is available in hard copy and on the College’s Website (CFCC Mission Statement pg 2).

CFCC evaluates success of its students’ achievement according to the requirements of the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Performance Measure and Standards. The NCCCS Performance Measures and Standards, instituted for all 58 system colleges in 1999, require tracking and reporting of data on twelve measures that are considered to be Core Indicators of Student Success. Successful achievement of these Core Indicators of Student Success is considered by NCCCS to be critical to the success of the colleges’ achieving their mission. The NCCCS office collects, reports, and publishes this information and uses it as an accountability measure for all colleges within the system. The most recent student success measures for CFCC are published on the College’s Institutional Effectiveness Website and in the CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook. Additionally, NCCCS publishes the student success measures in their annual Critical Success Factors report, which is available on their Website at (2005 Critical Success Factors Report). These standards include measures of course completions, performance on licensure examinations, and job placement rates, along with eight additional measures.

Consideration of Course Completion
CFCC considers course completion rates by tracking several different populations of its students; students enrolled in basic skills courses, students enrolled in developmental courses, developmental students’ performance in subsequent college level courses compared to non-developmental students, and student retained and graduated.

CFCC’s Basic Skills students meet the standard set by NCCCS, which requires that 75% of the students will show progress within a level of literacy, will complete a level entered or a predetermined goal, or will complete a level entered and advance to a higher level. The most recent performance data on the progress of CFCC Basic Skills students reveals they are surpassing the standard by progressing at a rate of 78% (Basic Skills pg 12).

In consideration of student success in developmental courses the standard requires that 70% of students who complete a developmental course will have a grade of “C” or better for that course. In the most recent Performance Measures and Standards data for CFCC a total of 3,014 students completed developmental courses, with 71% earning a grade “C” or better (Passing Rates of Developmental Students pg 33).

Also, when CFCC is evaluating student achievement, it takes into consideration the performance of developmental students compared to the performance of non-developmental students in subsequent college-level courses, in order to provide evidence that developmental courses equip students for success in college-level courses. The system standard requires there be no statistically significant difference in the performance of developmental students compared to non-developmental students. CFCC students’ performance reveals that 81% of developmental students passed the subsequent college-level course, while only 77% of the non-developmental students passed. The evidence reveals that CFCC developmental students perform better in the subsequent college-level courses than do the students who were not enrolled in developmental courses, providing evidence that developmental education at CFCC does prepare students for college-level work (Developmental and Non-Developmental in Subsequent College Courses pg 35).

Furthermore, CFCC evaluates student achievement by taking into consideration its student retention and graduation rates. The graduation and retention rates are an indirect measure of course completion rates, since students are completing courses if they are being retained or if they are graduating. The system standard states that 60% of the fall cohort (students enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate granting program in the fall) will still be enrolled the subsequent fall or will have completed their program. The most recent data for this measure reveals that CFCC has a retention and graduation rate of 70% compared to the system average of 65% (Retention and Graduations pg 39).

Success on Licensure Examinations
Licensure examinations provide an independent measure of student success. Programs at CFCC with external licensing are listed below along with data that has been taken from the NCCCS Critical Success Factors report for the Performance Measures and Standards. The CFCC student performance percentages reflect the passing rate for first time test takers. The number in parenthesis indicates the number of test takers (Passing Rates on Licensure Exams pg 14).

Cosmetology-82% (11)
Cosmetology Apprentice-100% (14)
Manicurist- 82% (17)
Esthetics- 93% (15)
Dental Hygiene-100% (13)
Licensed Practical Nursing-100% (18)
Associate Degree Nursing-97% (72)
Emergency Medical technician- 91% (122)
Emergency Medical technician-P-86% (14)
Emergency Medical Technician-I- 65% (34)
Basic Law Enforcement Training- 81% (58)
Real Estate Sales-64% (11)

Job Placement Rates
CFCC offers students job placement services in the Office of Career and Testing. These services are available at CFCC’s North Campus and at the downtown campus. Hours and services are described in the career and testing services brochure (Career and Testing Services Brochure) published and made available to all students. Information is available at the Office of Career and Testing Website (Career Connection).

Additionally CFCC offers an online job link service for students and potential employers. Students may post resumes on the site for potential employers to review and employers may post job openings for students’ information (Online Job Link).

CFCC is accountable for its performance in preparing its students for employment. NCCCS collects data from each of its member colleges and from other agencies participating in the North Carolina Common Follow-up System (CFS). As stated in the NCCCS Critical Success Factors report the CFS is a cooperative venture of participating state agencies under the auspices of the North Carolina State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee, which is maintained by the Employment Security Commission. The CFS is a highly effective and cost efficient method of collecting follow-up information for education, employment and training program participants statewide. The most recent performance measure data for CFCC on graduate employment rates indicates that 98.5% are employed within one year of their last date of attendance (Employment Status of Graduates pg 28).

Employer satisfaction surveys. Graduates’ satisfactory performance on the job is measured by the satisfaction expressed by their employer. The percentage of a sample of businesses that employ community college students indicating their expectations have been met is 97%, compared to the system standard of 85% (Employer Satisfaction with Graduates pg 41).


Source Location

CFCC Mission Statement,
CFCC Catalog and Student Handbook (pg 2)


2005 Critical Success Factors Report,
NCCCS Website


Basic Skills,
2005 Critical Success Factors Report (pg 12)
NCCCS Website


Passing Rates of Developmental Students,
2005 Critical Success Factors Report (pg 33)
NCCCS Website


Developmental and Non-Developmental
in Subsequent College Courses,

2005 Critical Success Factors Report (35)
NCCCS Website

Retention and Graduations,
2005 Critical Success Factors Report (39)
NCCCS Website
Passing Rates on Licensure Exams,
2005 Critical Success Factors Report (14)
NCCCS Website
Career and Testing Services Brochure,
Cape Fear Community College Website
Career Connection,
Cape Fear Community College Website
Online Job Link,
Cape Fear Community College Website
Employment Status of Graduates,
2005 Critical Success Factors Report (pg 28)
NCCCS Website
Employer Satisfaction With Graduates,
2005 Critical Success Factors Report (pg 41)
NCCCS Website



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