Virginia Western measures graduation success by degree completion by group (also known as a cohort).
Goal 1: Virginia Western will have an overall cohort graduation rate of at least 30%*
* Cohort consists of full-time, degree-seeking students with no prior college experience who graduated within federally defined IPEDs rate of 150% of normal graduation time
Conclusion: 32% of Virginia Western’s 2016 cohort graduated within the IPEDS defined 150% normal graduation time. This meets the goal of 30%.
Goal 2: At least 30% of Community College Access Program (CCAP) scholarship recipients will graduate within 150% of normal graduation time.
Conclusion: 45% of the 2016 Cohort of CCAP recipients graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. This exceeds the goal of 30%.
Goal 3: At least 30% of Pell grant recipients will graduate within 150% of normal graduation time.
Conclusion: 28% of the 2016 cohort of Pell grant recipients graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. This does not meet the goal of 30%.
Action Plan: Virginia Western has mentorship programs such as TRiO, which are available for students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. TRiO specifically offers one-on-one help regarding retaining this high-risk population, providing students with guidance and resources they may not have access to otherwise.
Data Sources: VWCC Fact Book, VWCC Master Files