Hill College refers to SACSCOC “The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement”, Sixth Edition: 2017, for guidance on general expectations for Student Achievement. 

8.1 Student Achievement: The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success.


Student Achievement Outcomes at Hill College

Achievement Criteria

Threshold of Acceptability

(minimum target)

Underprepared Student Completion of College Level Course

29%

One-year Persistence

51%

Course Success

70%

Graduation Rate

22%

Degree and Certificate Attainment

737

Transfer Rate

19%

 

Annually, at the Institutional Effectiveness Committee summer retreat, the IE Committee reviews student achievement outcomes. During this review, the committee evaluates not only the level of student achievement at Hill College, but also the effectiveness and value of each criterion previously identified. At that time, the IE Committee could make recommendations to President’s Council for modifications to the criteria and thresholds of acceptability if deemed necessary. In the event a student achievement outcome falls below a threshold, the IE Committee will recommend to President’s Council the need for a focused action plan to return the measure to an acceptable level.  The selected measures are presented in an accordion below:


Student Achievement Measures

Measure: Underprepared Student Completing a College Level Course

Data Source: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Accountability System website. Data for the report was taken from Texas State Data Reports CBM001, CBM002 and CBM00S.

Definition: Underprepared first-time summer/fall entering (non-flex entry) degree-seeking undergraduates who were not TSI-exempted and were not determined to meet the standard on the TSI test for initial placement in each subject are tracked to determine whether they successfully complete a college-level course in the subject that they entered not ready (math, reading, writing) within 2 years. To successfully complete the first college level course the student must earn an A, B, or C in a related general education, core curriculum course.

Comparison Group: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board categorized the community colleges into small, medium, large and very large based on enrollment.  Hill College is considered a medium college.  The comparison group consists of Alvin, Angelina, Brazosport, Cisco, Coastal Bend, College of the Mainland, Grayson, Kilgore, Lee, McLennan Community, Midland, Odessa, Paris, Southwest Texas Junior, Temple, Texarkana, Texas Southmost, Trinity Valley Community, Victoria, Weatherford and Wharton County Junior colleges.

Threshold of Acceptability: Within 15% of the comparison group three-year average

Year

Hill College

Comparison Group

(THECB Medium College Group)

Threshold of Acceptability

2012-2013

27.06%

30.12%

29%

2013-2014

24.11%

30.72%

2014-2015

37.14%

41.26%

2015-2016

40.46%

43.81%

Average

32.19%

36.48%

Measure: 1-Year Persistence Rate

Data Source Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Accountability Report 2018. Data for the report was taken from Texas State Data Reports CBM001, CBM009 and CBM00N.

Definition: Percentage of first-time, credential-seeking students enrolled in at least 12 semester credit hours (SCH) in the fall semester who are enrolled at the same or another Texas public or private (independent) institution one and two academic fall semesters later. Credential-seeking students are those who intend to earn an associate's degree, certificate, BAT degree, credits for transfer, or did not respond. Those who intend to gain job skills or personal enrichment are not included. If a student earned a Certificate of Completion, Certificate of Technology, Advanced Technology Certificate, Associate or Bachelor's at any Texas public or private institution and did not persist, they were excluded from the cohort. If a student earned an award and persisted, they remain in the cohort.

Comparison Group: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board categorized the community colleges into small, medium, large and very large based on enrollment.  Hill College is considered a medium college.  The comparison group consists of Alvin, Angelina, Brazosport, Cisco, Coastal Bend, College of the Mainland, Grayson, Kilgore, Lee, McLennan Community, Midland, Odessa, Paris, Southwest Texas Junior, Temple, Texarkana, Texas Southmost, Trinity Valley Community, Victoria, Weatherford and Wharton County Junior colleges.

Threshold of Acceptability: Within 10% of the comparison group three-year average

Year

Hill College

Comparison Group

(THECB Medium College Group)

Threshold of Acceptability

2015-2016

55.20%

57.10%

51%

2016-2017

53.80%

56.70%

2017-2018

53.10%

56.70%

2018-2019

53.80%

57.50%

Average

53.98%

57.00%

Measure: Course Success (A, B, or C Grades)

Data Source: Hill College Institutional Data

Definition: Percentage of A, B, or C grades that were earned during the designated year.  Withdrawal grades were removed from the calculation of percentages.

Threshold of Acceptability: Within 5% of Hill College’s three-year average

Year

Hill College

Threshold of Acceptability

2015-2016

73.02%

70%

2016-2017

74.34%

2017-2018

74.43%

2018-2019

75.80%

Average

74.40%

Measure: Graduation Rate 8-Year Outcomes

Data Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Definition: This rate is determined by a review of the IPEDS 8-year (200%) graduation rate. The total number of individuals from a given cohort of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates who completed a degree or certificate within a given percent of normal time to complete all requirements of the degree or certificate program; divided by the total number of students in the cohort of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates minus any allowable exclusions. Institutions are permitted to exclude from the cohort students who died or were totally and permanently disabled; those who left school to serve in the armed forces or were called up to active duty; those who left to serve with a foreign aid service of the federal government, such as the Peace Corps; and those who left to serve on an official church mission.

Comparison Group: For SACSCOC graduation rate reporting, the college has chosen to use the IPEDS comparison group of Cisco College, Clarendon College, Coastal Bend College, College of the Mainland, Frank Phillips College, Galveston College, Grayson College, Howard College, Northeast Texas Community College, Panola College, Paris Junior College, Ranger College, Texarkana College, Trinity Valley Community College, Vernon College, Victoria College, and Western Texas College.  This group is determined by IPEDS indicators of Texas colleges who are public, two-year institutions ranging in enrollment of 1,000 to 4,999.

Threshold of Acceptability: Within 15% of the comparison group three-year average

Year

Hill College

Comparison Group

(IPEDS)

Threshold of Acceptability

2015-2016

22%

25%

22%

2016-2017

21%

25%

2017-2018

24%

28%

2018-2019

26%

24%

Average

23.25%

25.50%

Measure: Degree and Certificate Attainment

Data Source: Hill College Institutional Data

Definition: The number of associate degrees, certificate of technology, certificate of completions and occupational skills awards awarded within the academic year.  Awards can be duplicative depending on a student’s qualification for a degree or certificate. This measure is aligned with the 2017-2023 Hill College Strategic Plan, Goal #3 Completion to increase 3% annually over the five years of the plan.

Threshold of Acceptability: Within 5% of Hill College’s four-year average

Year

Hill College

Threshold of Acceptability

2014-2015

685

737

2015-2016

910

2016-2017

777

2017-2018

733

2018-2019

788

Average

779

 

 

Measure: Transfer to a senior institution within six years

Data Source Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Almanac 2019. Data for the report was taken from Texas State Data Reports CBM009, CBM001 and CBM00N.

Definition: Percentage of first-time in college (FTIC) students who enrolled at a 2-year institution, were not concurrently enrolled at a 4-year institution, and then transferred for the first time to a 4-year institution within 6 years.

Comparison Group: All community colleges statewide

Threshold of Acceptability: Within 10% of the comparison group three-year average

Year

Hill College

Comparison Group

(THECB Statewide CC)

Threshold of Acceptability

2015-2016

23.2%

22.0%

19%

2016-2017

20.3%

21.1%

2017-2018

23.4%

21.0%

2018-2019

22.7%

24.1%

Average

22.4%

22.05%