WNCC measures and reports a variety of data regarding its students, programs, and outcomes including retention rates, graduation rates, transfer-out rates, outcome measures, and licensure and certification pass rates.
Common Data Set
The Common Data Set (CDS) provides answers to many frequently asked questions at WNCC. The CDS is a product of the Common Data Set Initiative that started as a collaborative effort among several data providers and publishers in the higher education community. The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items to improve the comparability of data reported across institutions and reduce the reporting burden on data providers. The Common Data Set allows colleges and universities to share a concise, yet extensive, set of information with guidebook publishers, higher education writers, and the interested public.
The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) is the accountability framework specifically designed for community colleges with measures developed to fully capture the community college mission and philosophy, as well as the myriad of community college students’ goals, expectations, and educational experiences.
Existing accountability measures in higher education do not adequately measure the unique mission of community colleges. In light of the inadequacy of existing measures, the VFA provides community colleges with a significantly improved ability to assess their performance, identify areas for improvement, and demonstrate their commitment to their academic mission.
The VFA gauges student progress and outcomes including pre-collegiate preparation, academic progress and momentum points, completion and transfer measures, and workforce outcomes for career and technical education.
IPEDS Data Feedback Reports
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of survey components that collects institution-level data on student enrollment, graduation rates, student charges, program completions, faculty, staff, and finances from higher education institutions across the United States. The figures in the reports below provide selected indicators for Western Nebraska Community College and a pre-selected comparison group of institutions.