Section 4: Federal Requirements
The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement, including as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates.
In a list of nine goals that support its philosophy and mission, Western Texas College states that it provides: “Pre-professional and general education courses leading to an Associate of Arts degree and/or transfer to four-year colleges and universities . . . [and] Technical-vocational programs leading to certification or the Associate of Applied Science degree, and preparation of individuals for careers in the business, industrial, and professional communities."
To ensure that the mission, philosophy, and goals are met, the college maintains data regarding the enrollment status and completion rates of students. The data are collected and presented in a variety of methods and formats. The following serve as examples:
- A report is generated by Western Texas College each semester designating currently enrolled students by academic major/discipline. This report includes degree seeking individuals as well as those students currently classified as “undecided.” This report serves as one baseline data tool for tracking completion rates of WTC students.
- Data sent to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board THECB) is available online. For example, the Data Resources for Institutional Effectiveness Measures and Standards 2005-2006 provides specific information about WTC students. This particular report includes completion rates for full-time students not receiving remediation, completion rates for students receiving remediation, completion rates for part-time students, retention rates for specific academic years, and student outcomes in specific program areas as well as placement.
- Criteria for student academic progress is outlined by the WTC Financial Aid Office in the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy. This policy defines time frames for degree completion, grade point average requirements, course load requirements, and financial aid probation/suspension standards.
Job placement rates are recorded and maintained by the THECB. For example, the 2004 Institutional Effectiveness Data for New Workforce Education Program Applications - Workforce Education Program Summary lists the Number of Graduates Compared to 15 Graduates Standard and Placement of Graduates Compared to 90% Placement Standard.
As noted in the college catalog, the “Vocational Nursing Program at Western Texas College is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Board of Nurse Examiners. Satisfactory completion of the 12- month course entitles a student to a certificate from the college. The certificate qualifies the student to take the examination given by the State Board of Nurse Examiners.” The Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners posts results for Western Texas College. Additionally Western Texas College documents its own “admissions” and “completions” within the program.
Evidence of Support:
Western Texas College Mission Statement
Western Texas College Catalog - Vocational Nursing section
Data Resources for Institutional Effectiveness Measures and Standards 2005-2006
2004 Institutional Effectiveness Data for New Workforce Education Program Applications - Workforce Education Program Summary
Students by academic major/discipline
Satisfactory Academic Progress policy
Board of Vocational Nurse Examiners results
WTC admissions and completions