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Student Achievement Statistics listed below and are available for both Bridgemont and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College through the 2013 Higher Education Report card, found at

Student Success

The student success rate is used to evaluate the success of all students who seek a certificate or degree. The success rate is calculated by following a cohort of first-time freshmen, both full- and part-time, for six years. Students are measured as being successful if they achieved one of the following benchmarks: certificate, associate’s degree, or transfer to a four-year institution without earning a certificate or associate’s degree. This measure is more appropriate for tracking students in two-year institutions because it accounts for the high percentage of students who enroll part-time. It also provides students with intermittent enrollment patterns as a result of work and family obligations, or who need extra time to complete developmental education, enough time to achieve a successful outcome.

Student Success Rate

Institution 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Bridgemont Community and Technical College 37.90% 39.50% 38.20% 41.60% 34.50% 44.5%
Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College 21.70% 21.00% 25.50% 18.40% 26.10% 23.6%

Retention Rate

This indicator provides the proportion of students from the previous fall’s cohort of first-time, full- and part-time freshmen who returned in the fall of the indicated year to any institution in the state’s public system. This is a change from the measure used in previous Report Cards which only assessed the retention rates of full-time students. Further, retention is measured at end-of-term rather than at census as in previous years. Students were included whether or not they were degree or certificate seeking. This first-year retention is an important milestone on the way to completion of a degree or certificate.

One-Year Retention Rates

Institution 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Bridgemont Community and Technical College 41.10% 49.40% 49.30% 52.30% 52.90% 45.9%
Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College 47.90% 40.70% 47.00% 39.10% 47.10% 41.4%

Graduation Rates

This indicator provides the proportion of associate’s degree-and certificate degree-seeking students, full- and part-time, who earned any award within six years at any institution in the system. Rates are provided for students’ institution of origin. Six-year rates are reported because measuring certificate and associate’s degree graduation rates within a three-year period fails to take into account the non-traditional (e.g., non-continuous or part-time) enrollment of many community and technical college students.

Six-Year Graduation Rate of Associate/Certificate-Seeking Students

Institution 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Bridgemont Community and Technical College 38.30% 30.50% 28.80% 30.80% 28.70% 38.7%
Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College 19.40% 20.10% 23.00% 18.10% 22.20% 19.7%

Additional statistical information is available through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Data Portal at http://www.wvhepc.com/resources/data-portal/