1. Fall Enrollment

Fall enrollment is commonly used to measure the size of the institution as well as the growth/decline of the college’s student population over time. In CCTC’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, college leadership has set a fall enrollment goal of 4,200 students. CCTC has not yet met the ±10% threshold for the fall enrollment goal.

Table 1: Fall Enrollment
Fall Enrollment
Year Previous Year Headcount Current Year Headcount Percent Change
2018 3720 3550 -4.8%
2019 3550 3361 -5.6%
2020 3361 2885 -16.5%
2021 2885 2640 -9.3%
2022 2640 3314 20.3%
Source: South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) EDSS Report IPD314

2. Graduate Placement Rates

Graduate placement rates reflect the success of graduates with respect to employment or continued education. Graduates who are deceased, disabled, and not actively seeking employment (e.g., active military) are exclude from the placement rate. The Performance Funding Indicator defined by the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) sets a target goal of 80% overall graduate placement. CCTC has consistently met or exceeded the established threshold of ±5% for the graduate placement rate.

Table 2: Graduate Placement Rates
Graduate Placement Rates
Year Graduates Available for Placement Placement Rate
2017-2018 656 587 91%
2018-2019 672 590 88%
2019-2020 695 616 89%
2020-2021 593 502 86%
2021-2022 635 567 92%
Source: South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) Program Evaluation

3. Graduate Production Rates

The graduate production rate is a measure that reflects the college’s fulfillment of its workforce development mission. This rate includes all awards for degrees, diplomas, and certificates and removed time-bound and demographic restrictions. This graduate production rate is based on an unduplicated graduate headcount relative to the fall term full-time-equivalent (FTE). CCTC has consistently met or exceeded the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) Performance Funding benchmark of 20% graduate production given a ±5% threshold action level.

Table 3: Graduate Production Rate
Graduate Production Rate
Year Percentage
2017-2018 24%
2018-2019 26%
2019-2020 29%
2020-2021 30%
2021-2022 35%
Source: South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) - Performance Indicator Report, April 2023

4. Graduation Rates

CCTC has consistently met or exceeded this goal over the past five years. The IPEDS graduation rate cohort includes all full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students. The 150% graduate rate is the percentage of full-time, first-time students who graduate within 150% of normal program completion. CCTC has set a goal of a 15% graduation rate with a ±3% action level.

Table 4: Graduation Rates
Graduation Rates
Year Percentage
2017-2018 19%
2018-2019 14%
2019-2020 15%
2020-2021 18%
2021-2022 23%
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Data Feedback Reports

5. Licensure Exam Pass Rates

Annually, the results of professional licensure exams are collected and reported to the Commission on Higher Education (CHE). The South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) Chief Academic Officers (CAO) Peer Group has reviewed and recommended licensure exams that should be reported for the 16 technical/community colleges. The licensure exam pass rates CCTC reports to CHE appear in bold on the table below. Licensure/certification exam pass rates for additional CCTC programs are included in the table. CCTC has set a goal of having an overall pass rate for first-time examinees on reported exams to be 80% with a ±5% threshold action level. This is to align with the SCTCS Performance Funding Indicator benchmark.

Table 5: Licensure Pass Rates
Licensure Exam Pass Rates
Year Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Certified Surgical Technology (CST) Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) Certified Medical Assisting (CMA) or Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) Pharmacy Technician Certification Medical Record Coding Certificate
2017-2018 94% 100% 100% 94% 85% 88%
2018-2019 99% 91% 100% 67% 76% 91%
2019-2020 89% 70% 100% 94% 44% 100%
2020-2021 91% 100% 83% 64% 75% 89%
2021-2022 88% No Graduates* 78% 91% 100% 100%
Source: Institutional Effectiveness Reports
Note: Exam results appearing in bold are reported to CHE annually. The CST program had no graduates in 2021-2022 as a result of the program changing from a diploma to an associate’s degree program.

6. Fall-to-Spring Persistence Rates

Persistence rates (also called “retention rates”) are a commonly used student progress measure for both two-year and four-year institutions. The Performance Funding Indicator defined by the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) defines fall-to-spring persistence as the proportion of students enrolled in a fall semester who returned the following spring semester (excluding those who graduated between these semesters). CCTC has consistently met or exceeded the SCTCS target fall-to-spring persistence goal of 71% given a ±5% threshold action level.

Table 6: Percentage of Students Retained
Percentage of Students Retained
Year Percentage
2017-2018 74%
2018-2019 73%
2019-2020 74%
2020-2021 72%
2021-2022 73%
Source: South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) - Performance Indicator Report, April 2023

7. Fall-to-Fall Retention Rates

As a two-year institution, CCTC measures its students’ progress towards an associate’s degree by tracking the percent of first-time students enrolled a fall semester who are still enrolled during the fall semester of the next year. In the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, college leadership set a goal to achieve 65% fall-to-fall retention for first-time, full-time freshmen, and to achieve 40% fall-to-fall retention for first-time, part-time freshman. CCTC is very close to meeting the ±5% threshold for each of these benchmarks.

Table 7: Fall-to-Fall Retention for First-Time Freshmen
Retention Rates
Fall-to-Fall Full-Time Part-Time
2017-2018 57% 37%
2018-2019 64% 30%
2019-2020 59% 27%
2020-2021 60% 31%
2021-2022 59% 34%
Source: Institutional Effectiveness Reports

8. Student Success Rates

The student success rate is a cohort-based measure of graduation, transfer to another postsecondary institution in South Carolina, or continuing enrollment after three years of first-time enrollment. The cohort includes all first-time freshman enrolling in degree, diploma, or certificate programs in a given fall semester. The Performance Funding Indicator defined by the South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS) sets a target goal of 49% student success. Over the past five years, CCTC has shown continuous improvement, and the college met the ±5% threshold for this benchmark with the most recent student cohort.

Table 8: Student Success Rates
Student Success Rates
Cohort Percentage
2015-2018 35%
2016-2019 37%
2017-2020 37%
2018-2021 38%
2019-2022 46%