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Student Achievement

Young Harris College 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:

Retention Rates

Criteria: Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention Rates

Minimum Thresholds of Acceptability and Targets:

Table 1: Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention RatesMinimum Thresholds of Acceptability and Targets

Rationale for Criteria, Minimum Thresholds of Acceptability and Targets: Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention is a key indicator of student achievement and success, and as such, is a widely tracked metric in higher education. The 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Minimum Thresholds of Acceptability and Targets were set by the College's Retention Team using historical institutional data. The 2019-2020 Minimum Threshold of Acceptability and Target were established by the institution’s Executive Director of Student Persistence and Success using historical data on institutional retention trends.

Outcomes:

Table 2:  Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention RatesOutcomes

Evaluation: Young Harris College’s Freshmen-to-Sophomore Retention Rate has decreased over the past three years. For that reason, the College created a position to champion student success and persistence efforts. The Executive Director of Student Persistence and Success joined the Young Harris College team in March 2020 and is developing new ways of delivering existing programs, as well as creating new programs geared toward increasing the number of students retained.
 
Six-Year Completion Rates for Baccalaureate Degrees
 
Criteria: Six-Year Completion Rates for Baccalaureate Degrees
 
Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: 50%
 
Target: 65%
 
Rationale for Criteria, Minimum Threshold of Acceptability and Target:
 
Six-Year Completion of Baccalaureate Degrees is a key indicator of student achievement and success, and as such, is a widely tracked metric in higher education.
 
In March 2018, SACSCOC sent Young Harris College a letter comparing Young Harris College's Six-Year National Student Clearinghouse Total Completion Rate with the average of nine Young Harris College peer institutions. Per this letter, as of November 2016, the Six-Year National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Total Completion Rate was 63.7% for Young Harris College and 67.3% for the peer group.
 
The Minimum Threshold of Acceptability is informed by Young Harris College's Six-Year Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Graduation Rates. As opposed to the NSC Completion Rates, which include students who transfer in to YHC and graduate, IPEDS Graduation Rates take into account only First-Time, Full-Time students and their graduation from the originating institution. As such, an institution's NCS Completion Rate for a given year should be greater than its IPEDS Graduation Rate. Young Harris College's Six-Year IPEDS Graduation Rates for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 cohorts are presented in Table 3 below.
 
Table 3: Six-Year IPEDS Graduation Rates2011, 2012 and 2013 Cohorts
 

Established by the Provost, the Minimum Level of Acceptability of 50% is based upon the three-year average of the Six-Year IPEDS Graduation Rates of 40% multiplied by 1.25. This calculation takes into account the fact that, as stated above, the College's NCS Completion Rate should be greater than its IPEDS Graduation Rate.
 
Also established by the Provost, the Target of 65% is based upon the Six-Year NSC Completion Rates of Young Harris College and its peer institutions presented in the March 2018 letter from SACSCOC introduced above.
 
Outcomes: Young Harris College computed the following aggregated and disaggregated outcomes based on National Student Clearinghouse methodology provided by SACSCOC.
 
Aggregated
 
Table 4: Six-Year NSC Completion Rates—Aggregated
 

Ethnicity

Table 5: Six-Year NSC Completion RatesDisaggregated by Ethnicity


First Generation/Non-First Generation
 
Table 6: Six-Year NSC Completion RatesDisaggregated by First-Generation Student Status
 

Gender
 
Table 7: Six-Year NSC Completion RatesDisaggregated by Gender
 

Pell Eligible/Non-Pell Eligible
 
Table 8: Six-Year NSC Completion RatesDisaggregated by Pell Eligibility
 

Evaluation:
 
While the aggregated six-year completion rates are between the minimum threshold of acceptability and the target, it is noted that non-Caucasian student completion rates are lower than Caucasian student completion rates, first-generation student completion rates are lower than non-first generation student completion rates, male student completion rates are generally lower than female student completion rates, and Pell-eligible student completion rates are lower than non-Pell-eligible student completion rates.
 
Due to the discrepancies in completion rates among specific student groups, in August 2020, Young Harris College created and filled the position of Director of Student Equity and Transitions, whose purpose is to identify barriers to success among underrepresented students and put into place strategies to help these students persist to graduation.
 
Teacher Licensure
 
Criteria: Teacher Candidates GACE Assessment Results and Recommendations for Certification
 
Minimum Threshold of Acceptability:
 
1. 100% of undergraduate teacher candidates will pass the GACE Assessment at the Induction level. (Note: Passing the GACE at the Professional level is an admission requirement for the Master of Arts in Teaching, and therefore, is not a measure of graduate student achievement.)
2. 90% of undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates will be recommended for certification.

 

Target:

1. 75% of undergraduate teacher candidates will pass the GACE Assessment at the Professional level.
2. 100% of undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates will be recommended for certification.

Rationale for Criteria, Minimum Threshold of Acceptability and Target:

1. Student success in the GACE Assessment is fundamental to the College's Teacher Preparation Program. All teacher candidates are required to pass the GACE Assessment at the Induction level. Established by the YHC Department of Education, the target of 75% of teacher candidates passing the GACE Assessment at the Professional level is informed by students' mastery of content and demonstration of skills in the clinical field. (Note: The GACE Professional level proficiency is not initially required for certification, but rather, is required only after years of service in the field.)
2. Student success in certification is fundamental to the College's Teacher Preparation Program. Established by the YHC Department of Education, the minimum threshold of responsibility and target are informed by historical student performance.   

Outcomes:

Table 9: Undergraduate Teacher Candidates GACE Assessment Results and Recommendations for Certification (GACE Pass Rates)

*Tracking of GACE Professional Level Pass Rate was initiated in 2019-2020.

Table 10: Undergraduate and Graduate Teacher Candidates Recommended for Certification

Evaluation:

100% of undergraduate teacher candidates have passed the GACE Assessment at the Induction level for the past three years. In 2019-2020, the first year of tracking the Professional level pass rate, 72% of undergraduate teacher candidates passed the GACE Assessment at the Professional level, which was slightly below the target of 75%.

The past three years, the percentages of undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates recommended for certification have been between the minimum level of acceptability (90%) and the target (100%).

Middle grades teacher candidates are required to pass two content areas of the GACE Assessment. Beginning in 2020-2021, early childhood and middle grades teacher candidate GACE Assessment results will be disaggregated to provide an additional level of detail regarding student achievement.

Employment/Graduate School

Criteria: Employment and Graduate School Acceptance at Degree Completion

Minimum Thresholds of Acceptability:

Table 11: Employment and Graduate School Acceptance at Degree Completion—Minimum Thresholds of Acceptability

Target:
 
Table 12: Employment and Graduate School Acceptance at Degree Completion—Targets


Rationale for Criteria, Minimum Threshold of Acceptability and Target: Employment and graduate school acceptance are key indicators of student achievement and success, and as such, are widely tracked metrics in higher education. Young Harris College surveys students at the time of degree completion annually in May relative to employment after degree completion and graduate school acceptance (for baccalaureate graduates). Established by the Office of Planning and Research, the Minimum Thresholds of Acceptability and Targets are informed by the levels of employment secured and levels of graduate school acceptance of YHC graduates at the time of degree completion over time.

Outcomes:

Table 13: Employment and Graduate School Acceptance at Degree Completion

Evaluation:
 
Percentages of students having secured employment at the time of degree completion have been between the minimum threshold of acceptability and the target in each of the three years. Percentages of students having secured acceptance to graduate school at the time of degree completion have also been between the minimum level of acceptability and the target in each of the three years.

In 2020-2021, the College is planning a Career Boot Camp to provide students more resources and skills development relative to seeking employment and applying for graduate school.