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Student Achievement
Assessment of student academic achievement begins with the admissions process. Prior to students enrolling in courses, the College determines student eligibility for English and Mathematics classes utilizes ACT or ACT COMPASS placement scores for that purpose, following the policy set forth by the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Students who have completed end-of-sequence remedial courses in English and mathematics are determined to be eligible to proceed with college level English and mathematics courses. Students exit remedial courses after demonstrating competency requirements established by the departments. Developmental mathematics courses require a comprehensive departmental exam and the developmental English courses utilize rubrics to grade final essays.

RPCC's certificate and degree program requirements in many instances require students to complete course work with a grade "C" or better. For example, students must score a grade of "C"or better in all English composition and mathematics classes used to satisfy general education for degree requirements. Additionally, both the Associate of Science in Teaching courses and the courses within the General Studies concentrations require students to complete these courses with a grade " C" or better. Further, RPCC collects and publishes student success rates (a grade of C or better) for each course offered in an annual academic cycle.

The College publishes and maintains an academic status policy which monitors student academic performance at the conclusion of each semester. When a student's academic performance falls below a 2.0 GPA or remains below for a specified length of time, the student is placed on academic warning. Continued poor performance will result in a student being placed on probation or suspension. Processes are also in place to recognize students placed on Dean's List and Chancellor's List each semester.

Each fall and spring semester, the College formally evaluates its General Education program by collecting student work linked to specific general education learning goals. Using rubrics created for each general education goal, faculty members evaluate the work (Targeted Assessments) of students who have completed approximately 35 semester hours of General Education. This assessment process enables the College to track how well RPCC graduates are performing in General Education courses.

RPCC also monitors the academic progress of students who are receiving Title IV funds. All students who fail to achieve the GPA or percent of courses completed requirements must appeal in order to continue to receive the benefits. The College has a standing appeals committee that reviews all such petitions.

Louisiana's Board of Regents does not require state universities to report on the success of two-year college students after transfer. RPCC has been able to get nearby universities to provide the College with information regarding the progress of RPCC students after transfer on only one occasion. Those reports, however, do indicate that RPCC students are prepared well for their upper division experience and that is one of the primary Core College Initiatives.

RPCC Fall Enrollment History
Column 1
Headcount
%
Increase
FTE
Full-
Time
Part-
Time
Average
SCH
Total SCH
Fall 2000
297
179%
231
152
145
9.313
2,766
Fall 2001
431
45%
232
179
252
8.988
3,874
Fall 2002
585
36%
417
230
355
8.552
5,003
Fall 2003
683
17%
532
318
365
9.354
6,389
Fall 2004
1,057
55%
662
349
708
7.516
7,945
Fall 2005
1,041
-0.01%
734
427
614
8.457
8,804
Fall 2006
1,125
0.08%
789
454
671
8.41
9,462
Fall 2007
1,155
0.03%
765
445
710
7.943
9,175
Fall 2008
1,327
15%
909
516
811
8.217
10,904
Fall 2009
1,805
36%
1,178
653
1,152
7.831
14,135
Fall 2010
2,566
42%
1,788
950
1,616
8.36
21,453
Fall 2011
2,673
0.04%
1,881
1,041
1,632
8.445
22,576
Fall 2012
3,566
34%
2,206
1,035
2,531
7.424
26,474
Fall 2013
3,235
-0.09%
1,912
805
2,430
7.091
22,938

1 st  to 2 nd  Year Retention Rate--first-time, full-time, associate-degree-seeking students

 
BASELINE
YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
YEAR 4
Term of Data
Fall 2008
Fall 2009 to
Fall 2010
Fall 2010 to
Fall 2011
Fall 2011 to
Fall 2012
Fall 2012 to
Fall 2013
# in Fall Cohort
187
231
323
291
299
# Retained
84
106
171
147
136
Retention Rate
44.9%
44.2%
52.9%
50.5%
45.5%
Benchmarks
44.9%
45.9%
46%
46.3%
46.6%

Same institution graduation rate as defined and reported by the NCES Graduation Rate Survey

 
BASELINE
YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
YEAR 4
Term of Data
Fall 2005 Cohort through Summer 2008
Fall 2006 Cohort through Summer 2009
Fall 2007 Cohort through Summer 2010

Fall 2008
Cohort through Summer 2011

Fall 2009 Cohort through Summer 2012
IPEDS Graduation Rate Total Revised Cohort
168
158
152
185
231
Number of Completers within 150% of Time
7
9
6
19
17
Calculated Rate
4.2%
5.7%
3.9%
10.3%
7.4%
Benchmarks
4.2%
4.7%
5.2%
5.7%
6.2%

Award productivity

 
BASELINE
YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
YEAR 4
Term of Data
AY 2008-2009
AY 2009-2010
AY 2010-2011

AY 2011-12

AY 2012-13
# Certificates  Awarded
33
146
171
231
74
# Diplomas Awarded
n/a
n/a
49
58
52
# Associate Degrees Awarded
40
78
108
133
143
# Total Awards
73
224
328
422
272
Annual Undergraduate FTE
786.03
1,038.83
1,629.16
1,674.50
1,826.5
Calculated Rate
-
-
-
0.252
.149
Benchmarks
-
-
-
0.201
0.252

Number of undergraduate awards, per award level

 
BASELINE
YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
YEAR 4
Term of Data
AY 2008-2009
AY 2009-2010
AY 2010-2011

AY 2011-12

AY 2012-13
Certificates
33
146
166
223
76
% Change
-
342.4%
403.0%
575.8%
13.0%
Benchmarks
-
342.4%
6.1%
9.1%
12.1%
Associates
40
75
103%
129
143
% Change
-
92.3%
164.1%
230.8%
258.0%
Benchmarks
-
87.5%
5.0%
7.5%
10.0%

 Number of high school students enrolled during the reporting year at the postsecondary institution while still in high school

 
BASELINE
YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
YEAR 4
Term of Data
AY 2008-2009
AY 2009-2010
AY 2010-2011

AY 2011-12

AY 2012-13
Fall
162
166
565
571
1647
Spring
163
230
459
496
950
Summer
4
3
6
6
5

Number of semester credit hours in which the above high school students enroll by each semester/term

 
BASELINE
YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
YEAR 4
Term of Data
AY 2008-2009
AY 2009-2010
AY 2010-2011

AY 2011-12

AY 2012-13
Fall
789.0
718.0
2993.0
2727.0
7508.0
Sprint
793.0
953
2678.0
2485.0
4246.0
Summer
13.0
19
24.0
30.0
18

Number of semester credit hours completed by the above high school students with a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or P, by each semester/term
 
BASELINE
YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
YEAR 4
Term of Data
AY 2008-2009
AY 2009-2010
AY 2010-2011

AY 2011-12

AY 2012-13
Fall
693.0
678.0
2802.0
2543.0
2345.0
Sprint
694.0
872.0
2512.0
2290.0
1319.0
Summer
13.0
18
24
30
18

Licensure/Certifications
During the 12-13 year RPCC had one class of students to sit for the Louisiana State Board of Nursing Exam (NCLEX-PN).  A total of 23 students tested with 19 of them passing on the first attempt for a total pass rate of 82.61%.  The remaining 4 students re-took the exam and 3 out of the 4 passed bringing the total passage rate to 95.6%. 32 Certified Nursing Assistants received a DHH certificate for passing the program's cumulative final exam with a score of 80% or higher.  RPCC also has a non-credit class that prepares students to take the state's Notary Exam.   Of the 21 students enrolled, one-third passed the Louisiana notary exam.   Both the Automotive and Welding programs do not require students to pass certifications prior to graduation; therefore it has been difficult to maintain contact with these students and to know if they have sought the appropriate certification.

Passage rates on licensure/certification exams

DISCIPLINE
EXAM
# of Students Who Took Exam
# of Students Who Passed
(1st attempt)
Calculated Passage Rate
1st attempt
# of Students Who Passed
(2nd attempt)
Total Calculated Passage Rate
Nursing (PN) NCLEX-PN 23 19 82.61% 3 95.6%
Nursing (CNA) Cumulative final exam administered by RPCC.  Certificate issued by Department of Health and Hospitals upon completion of final with score of 80%. 6 6 100%    
Welding ASME n/a n/a