2008 Performance Measurement Report: Performance Goals for State and Community Colleges in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
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Segmental Assessment:
State College Performance

Note: The following is a representation of the Performance Measurement outcomes for the State College segment[1] as a whole.  Where appropriate and useful, we provide institution-level summaries.  For additional information regarding the indicator methodologies and details, please refer to the State College Technical Guide.

Access Indicators
Affordability Indicators
Student Success and Academic Quality Indicators
Fiscal Effectiveness and Efficiency Indicators

Section I: Access to Public Higher Education in Massachusetts

Access Indicators


Fall 2007 Enrollment
Undergraduate Headcount 34,281
Undergraduate FTE 29,308
Graduate Headcount 10,924
Graduate FTE 4,252

Fall Enrollment

Over the last three years, fall headcount enrollment has increased 4.5%. Three colleges showed an increase, and one college declined.

Over the last three years, fall full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment has increased 4.8%. Two colleges had relatively flat growth, and five colleges showed an increase.


Annual 2007–2008 Enrollment
Undergraduate Headcount 41,411
Undergraduate FTE 30,402
Graduate Headcount 26,988
Graduate FTE 7,642

Annual Enrollment

Over the last three years, annual headcount enrollment has remained relatively stable. Four colleges had relatively flat growth, one college showed an increase, and two colleges declined.

Over the last three years, annual FTE enrollment has increased 3.1%. Two colleges had relatively flat growth, four colleges showed an increase, and one college declined.


Looking Back: Undergraduate and Graduate Fall Headcount Enrollment

Undergraduate and Graduate Fall Headcount Enrollment from 2003/04 to 2007/08

Fall 2007 Minority Enrollment

12.8%

Minority Enrollment

The State College minority representation compares well to the Commonwealth's minority composition of 13% (based on adults 18 and over with a high school diploma). Five of the seven colleges had minority representation that was comparable to or greater than that of their region.


Fall 2007 Community College Transfer Students

1,807

Community College Transfer Students

Over the last three years the number of community college transfer students has increased 9.4%. Two colleges had relatively flat growth and three colleges showed an increase, and two colleges declined.

Section II: Affordability of Massachusetts Community Colleges

Affordability Indicator


2007–2008 Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income

7.7%

% of Median Family Income

The State College segment was well below the Northeast regional average of 9.1%. All colleges were at least one percentage point below the Northeast regional average.


Looking Back: Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income

FY2004 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 FY2008
Massachusetts State Colleges' Average Tuition and Fees $4,515 $5,027 $5,377 $5,789 $6,063
State Median Family Income $67,527 $68,701 $71,655 $74,463 $78,497
Massachusetts State Colleges' Average Tuition and Fees as a Percent of State Median Family Income 6.7% 7.3% 7.5% 7.8% 7.7%
Northeast Average Tuition and Fees $5,690 $5,961 $6,183 $6,426
Northeast Median Family Income $62,052 $64,147 $66,601 $70,423
Northeast Average Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Northeast Median Family Income 9.2% 9.3% 9.3% 9.1%

Section III: Student Success and Academic Quality

Success and Quality Indicators


Fall 2006 Cohort First-Year Retention Rate

74.4%

Fall Cohort First-Year Persistence

The State College segmental retention rate compared well to the national rate of 73.6%. Five of the seven colleges had retention rate comparable to or higher than their peers. Six of the seven colleges had retention rates comparable to or higher than the national average.


Looking Back: Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate

Cohort
Entering 2002 Entering 2003 Entering 2004 Entering 2005 Entering 2006
Massachusetts State Colleges Segment Rate 74.6% 75.2% 76.2% 73.5% 74.4%
National Average 74.3% 74.0% 73.7% 73.6%

1999–2001 Cohort Six-Year Graduation Rate (3-Year Average)

47.3%

2001 Cohort Six-Year Graduation Rate

45.9%

Six-Year Graduation Rate

The State College segmental 2001 Cohort Six-Year Graduation Rate is 0.4 percentage points higher than the six-year graduation rate for the 1997 cohort. The state college goal is to raise the rate to 50% within five years, beginning with the 1997 cohort. Five of the seven colleges had three-year average graduation rates comparable to or higher than their peers.


Looking Back: Six-Year Graduation Rate

Cohort
Entering 1997
Grad. by 2003
Entering 1998
Grad. by 2004
Entering 1999
Grad. by 2005
Entering 2000
Grad. by 2006
Entering 2001
Grad. by 2007
Rolling Average Entering 1999– 2001
Massachusetts State Colleges Segment Rate 45.5% 47.6% 47.2% 48.9% 45.9% 47.3%

Total Degrees Conferred in FY2008

8,679

Degrees Conferred

Average degrees conferred per year over the last three years: 8,409. All seven of the colleges conferred degrees at a level comparable to or above their three-year average.


Looking Back: Degrees Conferred

Degrees Conferred From 2004 to 2008

2007 Pass Rate on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure

98%

Number of Students Passing MTEL

1,221

Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure Pass Rate

The State College segmental pass rate was higher than the target of 80%. All seven colleges had pass rates above the target.


Percent of New Students Who Were Special Admits in Fall 2007

6.6%

Special Admissions Students

The State College segment met the BHE requirement of less than 10 percent. (See Appendix.)

Section IV: Effective and Efficient Use of Resources

Effectiveness and Efficiency Indicators


Findings of the FY2008 Independent Financial Audits

All seven state colleges had unqualified audits with no material weaknesses.

Compliance

The Board of Higher Education requires that all audits are unqualified with no significant findings.


Primary Reserve Ratio

One of the seven state colleges had a Primary Reserve Ratio comparable to the advisable level of reserves.


Private Funds Raised in FY2008

$9,666,899

Fundraising

State colleges raised 2.9% more in FY2008 than in FY2007. This is the second highest total raised in the last seven years.


Footnote

[1]Does not include special mission institutions Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, which prepare their own Performance Measurement Reports.


Related Links
State College Technical Guide
Appendix

 

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