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Glossary

Term

Definition

ACCJC Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Annual Unit Planning (APU) A report documenting reflecting continuous quality improvement containing progress on goals, assessment results, and program changes and improvements, as well as requests for new resources.
Assessment An ongoing process aimed at understanding and improving student learning. At Merritt, Assessment data is housed in Task Stream.
CCCO California Community College Chancellor’s Office
Certificate Completion (PCCD definition) Number of Students earning a Certificate
Completion Rate
(CCCO – Scorecard definition)
Cohort measure of the percentage of first time students and achieved an outcome of Degree, Certificate, transfer or ‘transfer-prepared’ within six years of entry.
Completion Rate (Course-level) (PCCD and state definition)  The measure of students earning a grade of C or better in a course. Also called success rate, or Successful Course Completion.
CTE Rate
(CCCO – Scorecard definition)
Cohort measure of the percentage of student who attempted a CTE course for the first-time and completed more than 8 units in the subsequent 3 years in a single discipline and achieved a Degree, Certificate, Transfer or ‘transfer-prepared’ within 6 years of entry.
CurricUNET Software for Curriculum information changes and updates.
Degree Completion (PCCD definition) Student earning a Degree
Enrollment A student enrolled in a class is counted once. Enrollment for a department, division and college is ‘duplicated’ in the sense that all class enrollments are counted, including students taking multiple courses.
FTEF Full-time Equivalent Faculty 1FTEF = 1 instructor teaching 15 equated hours per week for 1 semester.
FTES Major student workload measure. It is the equivalent of 525 hours of student instruction per FTES, or one student enrolled in courses for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for an academic year of 35 weeks.
Goals Broad learning outcomes and concepts as a vision for the program and expressed in general terms.
Headcount Unduplicated count of students. Students are counted once per academic year. If the headcount is by term, the student is counted once per term.
Institutional Effectiveness Indicators System of indicators and goals that are intended to encourage improvement in institutional effectiveness at California Community Colleges.
Institution-set Standards Measures of evaluating student achievement performance of an institution and/or program required by ACCJC.
Learning Outcomes The skills and/or knowledge that a student can expect to have upon completion of a specific education task (course, program, degree, etc.)
Mission Statement A brief statement of the general values and principles which guide the program curriculum and/or department goals.
Productivity FTES/FTEF. A measure of the productivity of a class or group of classes. Number of full time students per full time faculty member.
Program Review (PR) Comprehensive reporting documents completed every three years, containing progress on goals, assessment results, and program changes and improvements, as well as requests for new resources.
Remedial Rate
(CCCO – Scorecard definition)
Cohort measure of the percentage of credit students who attempted for the first time a course designated at ‘levels below transfer’ and then successfully completed a college-level course within 6 years.
Retention (Course-level) (PCCD definition) The measure of students retained in a class, or earning a grade other than W.
Retention (Institution-level) A measure tracking students who enroll in consecutive terms at the college. Sometimes this term is interchanged with persistence. Can be tracked Fall to Spring, or Fall to Fall.
Student Success Scorecard California Community College Chancellor’s Office performance measurement system that tracks student success at the college.
Taskstream Merritt’s assessment tool and assessment data tracking system.
Transfer (as a metric) Number of Students enrolling in a 4-year College or University after attending Merritt College