Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), measures student success and achievement with respect to its mission, which is to promote workforce development within a learner-centered environment through adult education, technical education, and customized business and industry training in DeKalb, Newton, and Rockdale counties. GPTC offers learners the opportunity to enhance, refine, or develop their education, earning associate’s degrees, diplomas, or certificates through traditional and distance delivery methods. Additionally, the College offers continuing education opportunities and customized training for workforce development.
GPTC is one of Georgia’s oldest technical colleges committed to preparing students with the education, training, and skills needed to enter the workforce and make a positive impact in their communities, companies, and the global economy. To this end, GPTC has identified student achievement criteria, provided appropriate data, established thresholds of acceptability, and explained how each criterion relates to its mission, in accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Standard 8.1 which states:
The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success.
Student Achievement Criteria
Student achievement criteria identified by the College are in the following areas:
- Fall-to-Fall Retention Rate
- Graduation Rate
- Job Placement
Each criterion is in alignment with the College’s mission statement. Fall-to-fall retention, completion, and graduation rates are indicators of excellence in the technical college system because they provide the most comprehensive evidence of the students’ successful matriculation while enrolled at GPTC. Job placement rates are further indications of student achievement and bring to fruition the mission of the College.