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Other Data

This other data section contains a wide variety of sources relative to peer institutions comparison lists, federal regulation compliance, national surveys, and national studies.

Peer Institutions

In an effort to compare itself against other institutions with similar characteristics, HCTC uses three Peer Lists.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS)

Each institution of higher learning in the U.S. reports data to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) under the direction of the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). HCTC uses its National Peer List, KCTCS System Peer List, and KCTCS Colleges List when reviewing IPEDS data.

NCES makes this annual set of data and information available to the public through College Navigator. HCTC data on IPEDS College Navigator

  • HCTC Data Feedback Report using HCTC National Peer List 2014, 2013, 2012
  • HCTC Data Feedback Report using HCTC KCTCS Peer List 2014, 2013, 2012
  • HCTC Data Feedback Report using HCTC KCTCS Colleges List 2014, 2013, 2012

College Scorecard (U.S. Department of Education)

President Barack Obama is committed to holding colleges accountable for cost, value, and quality. In 2013 in an effort to promote transparency and accountability, the President directed his Administration to launch a website to give students and families new tools and relevant information that will help them make sound financial decisions in pursuing their higher education goals. One tool is the College Scorecard which will empower students and families with more transparent information about college costs and outcomes, so that they can choose a school that is affordable, best-suited to meet their needs, and consistent with their educational and career goals. The Scorecard provides clear, concise information on cost, graduation rate, loan default rate, amount borrowed, and employment for every degree-granting institution in the country.

Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA)

The VFA is the principle accountability framework for community colleges with measures defined to encompass the full breadth of the community college mission and the diversity of students' goals and educational experiences. The VFA Public Outcomes Report includes the data that colleges are required to report and share publicly.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information Compliance

The United States Department of Education has mandated that colleges disclose relevant information to the general public as to whether certain postsecondary educational programs lead to gainful employment in recognized occupations, and the conditions under which these educational programs remain eligible for the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Educational Act of 1965.

Perkins Accountability

Career and Technical Education in Kentucky is responsible for meeting the performance measures outlined in the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in order to receive federal funding.

Kentucky has identified four major performance measures: (1) academic and technical skill achievement; (2) attainment of secondary school diploma; (3) placement in, retention in, and completion of postsecondary education, military service, or employment; and (4) participation in nontraditional CTE programs that lead to nontraditional training and employment.

Community College Survey of Student Engagement

HCTC participates every two years in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and has done so since 2006. CCSSE is a national survey administered by University of Texas at Austin s Center for Community College Student Engagement which provides information about effective educational practice in community colleges to promote improvements in student learning and persistence. It is designed to capture student engagement as a measure of institutional quality benchmark scores provided in the areas of active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, and support for learners benchmark scores are also reported for groups including: developmental vs. not developmental, first-generation vs. not first-generation, traditional age vs. not traditional age, gender, and race. Survey items indexed by selected findings categories include: educational goals, general education outcomes, time on task, relationships, academic experience, developmental education, curricular experiences, impact on student learning, barriers to persistence, student satisfaction, student and academic support services, and student activity items.

National Community College Cost and Productivity Project (NCCCPP)

HCTC participates in the National Community College Cost and Productivity Project (NCCCPP), formerly known as the Kansas Study, since 2009. The NCCCPP is the first national study and analytical tool available for community colleges that allows the institution to compare its instructional costs and productivity with both national aggregate data and select comparable peer institutions with which to make benchmark comparisons. More specifically, the NCCCPP allows institutions to compare the institution s cost of delivering a student credit hour of instruction with national and peer group benchmarks, by academic discipline. Data are confidential. Institutional results are not identified to other subscribers, and institutions make peer comparisons without revealing their own data. NCCCPP data have been shown to be very useful for supporting accreditation, staff and program management, and internal accountability as well as program review processes. HCTC uses its National Peer List and KCTCS System Peer List when reviewing NCCCPP data.

National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP)

HCTC annually participates in the National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) and has done so since 2007. The purpose of the NCCBP is to collect and report community college benchmark data on a national basis to provide data for comparisons and benchmarks of instructional, workforce-development, and other community college activities. Benchmark categories include: completion and transfer rates, persistence rates, transfer student performance, student satisfaction, student performance measures, career preparation, academic success, access and participation, market penetration, workforce development, section size, student to faculty ratio, faculty load, student services staff, human resource statistics, and instructional and professional development costs. HCTC uses its National Peer List and KCTCS System Peer List when reviewing NCCBP data.