Cowley College Performance Agreement report approved by KBOR

 

Cowley College recently received some good news as its Performance Agreement report was approved by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) staff and will be recommended for full funding on Senate Bill 155, also known as the “Excel in CTE” program.

Kansas Statute 74-3202d established performance-based funding for technical colleges, community colleges, state universities and Washburn University. Each institution’s receipt of new state funds is contingent upon meeting goals outlined in its Performance Agreement. Institutions submit a Performance Agreement for Board approval once every three years and performance is evaluated annually.

“We are thrilled. The entire college played a part in this,” Cowley College vice president of academic affairs Dr. Harold Arnett said. “It takes everyone working together to accomplish this.”

In order for KBOR to approve Cowley’s Performance Agreement report, Cowley had to achieve numerous goals. The goals included increasing first to second year retention rates of college ready cohort; increase the percentage of students who complete, became employed or transferred; increase the percentage of college-ready students that complete a certificate or degree or transfer within three years of first full-time enrollment at Cowley College; increase the persistence rates (fall-to-fall) for students in developmental courses; and increase overall first-year academic achievement (GPA) for students in developmental courses.

Cowley saw a dramatic increase in the percentage of college-ready students that complete a certificate or degree or transfer within three years of first full-time enrollment at Cowley College.

“We believe this is yet another indicator of a highly effective teaching and support staff,” Dr. Arnett said.

Thanks to an accelerated learning approach, intrusive advising, and use of activity-based learning and other initiatives, Cowley also saw an increase in persistence rates for developmental students.

“Our IMPACT people continue to operate a dynamic program that provides comprehensive support services for high-risk learners,” Dr. Arnett said. “This is a terrific testimony to Roxanna James and her team.”

The only goal Cowley did not achieve was that of increasing the number of certificates and degrees awarded. Dr. Arnett said this was due to a number of factors including 72 students that were erroneously included in last year’s report.

“We are taking steps to see that we achieve this goal the next time around,” Dr. Arnett said. 

Dr. Arnett said the people at Cowley College are dedicated to helping students be successful and this achievement should be a college and community celebration.