Student-Achievement | WKCTC

Student Achievement

West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) uses its graduation rate, retention rate, and the number of transfers each academic year to document student success.

Graduation Rate

Data Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDs); DSS Performance Measures Dashboard: CPE Strategic Agenda

  • Definition: Cohort of first-time, full-time, credential-seeking undergraduates who complete their program within 150% of normal time as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
  • Target: Increase by .3 percentage points each year from the baseline.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: To meet or exceed the KCTCS System Average.

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Graduation Rate
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2016-2017 43.5% 42.8%  
2017-2018 44.5% 44.8% 31.0%
2018-2019 45.5% 53.4% 33.9%
2019-2020 46.5% 51.1% 36.3%
2020-2021 47.5% 52.8% 40.2%
2021-2022 48.5% 46.0% 41.5%
2022-2023 49.6% N/A N/A
2023-2024 51.2% N/A N/A
2024-2025 51.5% N/A N/A
  • Definition: Cohort of first-time, full-time, credential-seeking underrepresented minority undergraduates who complete their program within 150% of normal time as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Underrepresented Minority is defined by the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) and includes the following race/ethnicity groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races.
  • Target: Meet the targets as set by the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE).
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: To meet or exceed the KCTCS System Average.

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Graduation Rate: URM
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2016-2017 N/A 33.3% N/A
2017-2018 N/A 39.8% 22.1%
2018-2019 27.4% 36.9% 22.7%
2019-2020 28.4% 35.7% 24.3%
2020-2021 29.4% 38.2% 28.6%
2021-2022 30.4% 33.6% 29.8%
2022-2023 41.0% N/A N/A
2023-2024 43.0% N/A N/A
2024-2025 43.0% N/A N/A
2025-2026 43.0% N/A N/A
  • Definition: Cohort of first-time, full-time, credential-seeking low-income undergraduates who complete their program within 150% of normal time as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Low-income students are defined as those receiving a Pell grant in their first year.
  • Target: Meet the targets as set by the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE).
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: To meet or exceed the KCTCS System Average.

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Graduation Rate: Low-Income
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 42.7% 28.1%
2018-2019 40.2% 50.2% 31.5%
2019-2020 41.2% 46.2% 32.7%
2020-2021 42.2% 51.1% 37.6%
2021-2022 43.2% 44.3% 38.2%
2022-2023 53.3% N/A N/A
2023-2024 55.7% N/A N/A
2024-2025 55.7% N/A N/A
2025-2026 55.7% N/A N/A
  • Definition: Cohort of first-time, part-time, credential-seeking low-income undergraduates who complete their program within 150% of normal time as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
  • Target: Meet the targets as set by the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE).
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: To meet or exceed the KCTCS System Average.

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Graduation Rate: Part-Time
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2016-2017 N/A 25.2% N/A
2017-2018 N/A 30.1% 14.8%
2018-2019 N/A 25.0% 15.3%
2019-2020 N/A 26.3% 17.4%
2020-2021 N/A 25.5% 18.8%
2021-2022 N/A 22.1% 22.1%
2022-2023 26.7% N/A N/A
2023-2024 27.0% N/A N/A
2024-2025 27.3% N/A N/A
2025-2026 27.6% N/A N/A

Retention Rate

Data Source: DSS Performance Measures Dashboard: CPE Strategic Agenda

  • Definition: Cohort of first-time credential-seeking undergraduates regardless of enrollment status who remain enrolled the subsequent fall semester as reported to IPEDs.
  • Target: Increase retention by an average of 1 percentage point each year from the last five-year average.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: To meet or exceed the KCTCS System Average.

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Retention Rate
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2016-2017 N/A 63.8% N/A
2017-2018 N/A 62.5% 53.3%
2018-2019 60.8% 61.8% 55.5%
2019-2020 61.8% 58.6% 57.1%
2020-2021 62.8% 58.2% 55.5%
2021-2022 63.8% 46.0% 62.2%
2022-2023 60.3% N/A N/A
2023-2024 61.3% N/A N/A
2024-2025 62.3% N/A N/A
2025-2026 63.3% N/A N/A
  • Definition: Cohort of first-time credential-seeking undergraduates who remain enrolled the subsequent fall semester as reported to IPEDs. Underrepresented Minority is defined by the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) and includes the following race/ethnicity groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races.
  • Target: Increase retention by an average of 1 percentage points each year from the last five-year average.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: To meet or exceed the KCTCS System Average.

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Retention Rate: URM
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2016-2017 N/A 52.2% N/A
2017-2018 48.3% 51.9% 45.4%
2018-2019 49.3% 49.3% 49.5%
2019-2020 50.3% 48.7% 50.9%
2020-2021 51.3% 47.7% 47.9%
2021-2022 52.3% 58.3% 52.2%
2022-2023 48.7% N/A N/A
2023-2024 49.7% N/A N/A
2024-2025 50.7% N/A N/A
2025-2026 51.7% N/A N/A
  • Definition: Cohort of first-time credential-seeking undergraduates who remain enrolled the subsequent fall semester as reported to IPEDs.
  • Target: Increase retention by an average of 1 percentage point each year from the last five-year average.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: To meet or exceed the KCTCS System Average.

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Retention Rate: Low-Income
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2016-2017 N/A 59.9% N/A
2017-2018 53.2% 61.5% 52.1%
2018-2019 54.2% 60.4% 54.5%
2019-2020 55.2% 56.7% 55.8%
2020-2021 56.2% 57.3% 55.3%
2021-2022 57.2% 58.6% 56.3%
2022-2023 58.2% N/A N/A
2023-2024 59.2% N/A N/A
2024-2025 60.2% N/A N/A
2025-2026 61.2% N/A N/A
  • Definition: Cohort of first-time, part-time credential-seeking undergraduates who remain enrolled the subsequent fall semester as reported to IPEDs.
  • Target: Increase retention by an average of 1 percentage point each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: To meet or exceed the KCTCS System Average.

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Retention Rate: Part-Time
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2016-2017 N/A 44.1% N/A
2017-2018 N/A 44.0% 40.6%
2018-2019 N/A 37.0% 42.1%
2019-2020 N/A 42.2% 44.9%
2020-2021 N/A 44.5% 43.1%
2021-2022 N/A 48.2% 45.7%
2022-2023 44.2% N/A N/A
2023-2024 45.2% N/A N/A
2024-2025 46.2% N/A N/A
2025-2026 47.2% N/A N/A

Transfer Rate

Data Source: Office of Research and Policy Analysis

  • Definition: Non-returning graduates who transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Target: Increase by .5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past 5-year average of 26.5%.

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Transfer Rate: All
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 20.8% 26.5%
2018-2019 N/A 28.6% 26.5%
2019-2020 N/A 27.3% 26.5%
2020-2021 N/A 28.6% 26.5%
2021-2022 N/A 27.3% 26.5%
2022-2023 27.0% N/A 26.5%
2023-2024 27.5% N/A 26.5%
2024-2025 28.0% N/A 26.5%
2025-2026 28.5% N/A 26.5%
  • Definition: Non-returning URM graduates who transfer to a four-year institution. Underrepresented Minority is defined by the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) and includes the following race/ethnicity groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races.
  • Target: Increase by 0.5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past five-year average of 25.4%.

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Transfer Rate: URM
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 23.2% 25.4%
2018-2019 N/A 25.9% 25.4%
2019-2020 N/A 20.7% 25.4%
2020-2021 N/A 29.4% 25.4%
2021-2022 N/A 27.8% 25.4%
2022-2023 25.9% N/A 25.4%
2023-2024 26.4% N/A 25.4%
2024-2025 26.9% N/A 25.4%
2025-2026 27.4% N/A 25.4%
  • Definition: Non-returning low-income graduates who transfer to a four-year institution. Low-income students are defined as those receiving a Pell grant their first year.
  • Target: Increase by 0.5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past five-year average of 19.9%.

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Transfer Rate: Low-Income
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 19.0% 28.1%
2018-2019 N/A 20.1% 19.9%
2019-2020 N/A 16.4% 19.9%
2020-2021 N/A 19.5% 19.9%
2021-2022 N/A 24.5% 19.9%
2022-2023 20.4% N/A 19.9%
2023-2024 20.9% N/A 19.9%
2024-2025 21.4% N/A 19.9%
2025-2026 21.9% N/A 19.9%
  • Definition: Non-returning female graduates who transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Target: Increase by 0.5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past five-year average of 25.9%.

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Transfer Rate: Female
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 20.6% 25.9%
2018-2019 N/A 26.2% 25.9%
2019-2020 N/A 21.3% 25.9%
2020-2021 N/A 31.8% 25.9%
2021-2022 N/a 29.5% 25.9%
2022-2023 26.4% N/A 25.9%
2023-2024 26.9% N/A 25.9%
2024-2025 27.4% N/A 25.9%
2025-2026 27.9% N/A 25.9%
  • Definition: Non-returning female graduates who transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Target: Increase by 0.5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past five-year average of 23.6%.

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Transfer Rate: Male
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 26.2% 23.6%
2018-2019 N/A 23.9% 23.6%
2019-2020 N/A 20.2% 23.6%
2020-2021 N/A 23.7% 23.6%
2021-2022 N/a 23.9% 23.6%
2022-2023 24.1% N/A 23.6%
2023-2024 24.6% N/A 23.6%
2024-2025 25.1% N/A 23.6%
2025-2026 25.6% N/A 23.6%

Employment Outcomes

Data Source: Office of Research and Policy Analysis

  • Definition: Non-returning credential earners in one academic year that are employed and earn a wage greater than or equal to the federal poverty level in the following year.
  • Target: Increase by .5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past 5-year average of 45.1%.

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Employment Outcomes: All
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 49.2% 45.1%
2018-2019 N/A 45.6% 45.1%
2019-2020 N/A 48.7% 45.1%
2020-2021 N/A 40.6% 45.1%
2021-2022 N/A 41.4% 45.1%
2022-2023 45.6% N/A 45.1%
2023-2024 46.1% N/A 45.1%
2024-2025 46.6% N/A 45.1%
2025-2026 47.1% N/A 45.1%
  • Definition: Non-returning URM graduates who transfer to a four-year institution. Underrepresented Minority is defined by the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) and includes the following race/ethnicity groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races.
  • Target: Increase by 0.5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past five-year average of 41.3%.

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Employment Outcomes: URM
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 49.3% 41.3%
2018-2019 N/A 39.0% 41.3%
2019-2020 N/A 43.0% 41.3%
2020-2021 N/A 37.5% 41.3%
2021-2022 N/A 37.8% 41.3%
2022-2023 41.8% N/A 41.3%
2023-2024 42.3% N/A 41.3%
2024-2025 42.8% N/A 41.3%
2025-2026 43.3% N/A 41.3%
  • Definition: Non-returning low-income credential earners in one academic year that are employed and earn a wage greater than or equal to the federal poverty level in the following year.
  • Target: Increase by 0.5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past five-year average of 49.3%.

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Employment Outcomes: Low-Income
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 50.9% 49.3%
2018-2019 N/A 48.5% 49.3%
2019-2020 N/A 50.9% 49.3%
2020-2021 N/A 51.3% 49.3%
2021-2022 N/A 44.9% 49.3%
2022-2023 49.8% N/A 49.3%
2023-2024 50.3% N/A 49.3%
2024-2025 50.8% N/A 49.3%
2025-2026 51.3% N/A 49.3%
  • Definition: Non-returning female credential earners in one academic year that are employed and earn a wage greater than or equal to the federal poverty level in the following year.
  • Target: Increase by 0.5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past five-year average of 44.0%.

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Employment Outcomes: Female
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 50.1% 44.0%
2018-2019 N/A 45.6% 44.0%
2019-2020 N/A 46.4% 44.0%
2020-2021 N/A 36.5% 44.0%
2021-2022 N/a 41.2% 44.0%
2022-2023 44.5% N/A 44.0%
2023-2024 45.0% N/A 44.0%
2024-2025 45.5% N/A 44.0%
2025-2026 46.0% N/A 44.0%
  • Definition: Non-returning male credential earners in one academic year that are employed and earn a wage greater than or equal to the federal poverty level in the following year.
  • Target: Increase by 0.5 percentage points each year.
  • Minimum Threshold of Acceptability: Meet or exceed the past five-year average of 46.8%.

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Employment Outcomes: Male
Academic Year Target Actual Minimum Threshold
2017-2018 N/A 47.6% 46.8%
2018-2019 N/A 45.7% 46.8%
2019-2020 N/A 51.7% 46.8%
2020-2021 N/A 47.1% 46.8%
2021-2022 N/a 42.1% 46.8%
2022-2023 47.3% N/A 46.8%
2023-2024 47.8% N/A 46.8%
2024-2025 48.3% N/A 46.8%
2025-2026 48.7% N/A 46.8%