State College Performance
Note: The following is a representation of the Performance Measurement outcomes for the State College segment 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.
Section I: Access to Public Higher Education in Massachusetts
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.
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
Fall 2007 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
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
2007–2008 Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income
% 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
|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
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
|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%|
1999–2001 Cohort Six-Year Graduation Rate (3-Year Average)
2001 Cohort Six-Year Graduation Rate
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
Grad. by 2003
Grad. by 2004
Grad. by 2005
Grad. by 2006
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
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
2007 Pass Rate on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure
Number of Students Passing MTEL
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
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.
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
State colleges raised 2.9% more in FY2008 than in FY2007. This is the second highest total raised in the last seven years.
Does not include special mission institutions Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, which prepare their own Performance Measurement Reports.