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Student Achievement

Young Harris College (YHC) evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission to educate students in the liberal arts and professional programs.

Measures for student achievement at Young Harris College include the following.

Course Completion Rates

Course completion, defined as the sum of earned credits divided by the sum of attempted credits, is tracked by the Office of the Registrar and is monitored by the Office of Academic Affairs.  In 2014-2015, the academic administration established a course completion goal of 92%, based on an analysis of course completion rates from Fall 2012.  Table 1 below provides course completion rates from Fall 2012-Fall 2018.  Since establishing the course completion goal of 92%, the course completion rates have been either 91% or 92%. 

Table 1:  Course Completion Rates

Course Completion Rates

Fall 2012

91%

Spring 2013

92%

Fall 2013

92%

Spring 2014

93%

Fall 2014

91%

Spring 2015

92%

Fall 2015

91%

Spring 2016

91%

Fall 2016

91%

Spring 2017

92%

Fall 2017

93%

Spring 2018

93%

Fall 2018

91%

 

First-Year Retention Rates

First-year retention rates, defined as the percentages of IPEDS fall cohort students who persist into their second year of enrollment at the College, is tracked by the Office of Planning and Research and is monitored by the Office of Academic Affairs.  Since 2015-2016, the College administration has established first-year retention goals, based on first-year retention trends and cohort-specific data since cohort year 2010-2011.  Table 2 below presents the details of the College’s first-year retention history since cohort year 2012-2013 and first-year retention goals through cohort year 2020-2021.

Table 2:  First-Year Retention Rates

Year

Freshman Cohort

Freshmen Who Returned Sophomore Year

First-Year Retention Goal

Retention Rate

2012-2013

388

237

N/A

61%

2013-2014

419

284

N/A

68%

2014-2015

449

333

N/A

74%

2015-2016

346

210

74%

61%

2016-2017

338

212

75%

63%

2017-2018

265

201

75%

76%

2018-2019

309

 

70%

 

2019-2020

 

 

72%

 

2020-2021

 

 

75%

 

Teacher Licensure

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) is the agency with the responsibility for the preparation, certification, and conduct of certified, licensed, or permitted education personnel employed in PK-12 schools in Georgia.  It also oversees the development and administration of teacher assessment for the purpose of granting professional certification.  As such, Table 3 below represents the performance results of Young Harris College Department of Education students enrolled in the Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) in the years of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2018 on two externally validated instruments, passing scores on which are required by the GaPSC for granting initial certification to teachers for the state.  These tests, the Georgia Assessment of Content for Educators, a part of the ETS-developed Georgia Assessments for Certification of Educators (GACE) system, and edTPA, a nationally-developed, standards-based performance assessment of teacher candidates administered by Pearson, are used to determine whether new teachers are ready to enter the profession with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn.  Moreover, the third measure represented in the table, a report of percentage of program completers recommended for teacher certification, indicates how many candidates successfully completed any YHC teacher education program and were granted initial teacher licensure through the GaPSC within one month of their graduation for the dates of July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2018.

Table 3:  Teacher Candidates Certification Rates

Name of Exam/Measure

Date

# of Teacher Candidates Attempting Test/Enrolled in TPP

# Examinees Who Passed/Program Completers Who Received Certification

% Examinees Passing/Program Completers Recommended for and Received Certification

2012-2013

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

AUG-2012 to SEPT-2013

14

14

100%

Recommendation for Certification

Fall 2012 & Spring 2013

14

14

100%

2013-2014

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

AUG-2013 to SEPT-2014

41

40

98%

Recommendation for Certification

Fall 2013 & Spring 2014

41

40

98%

2014-2015

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

AUG-2014 to SEPT-2015

14

14

100%

Recommendation for Certification

Fall 2014 & Spring 2015

14

14

100%

2015-2016

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

AUG-2015 to SEPT-2016

16

16

100%

edTPA

Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

16

16

100%

Recommendation for Certification

Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

16

16

100%

2016-2017

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

AUG-2016 to SEPT-2017

14

14

100%

edTPA

Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

14

14

100%

Recommendation for Certification

Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

14

14

100%

2017-2018

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators

AUG-2017 to SEPT-2018

21

21

100%

edTPA

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

21

20

95%

Recommendation for Certification

Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

21

20

95%