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Student Achievements- Goals & Outcomes   

Student learning and student success are at the core of Gulf Coast State College’s (GCSC) mission.


Gulf Coast State College holds students and community of central importance. The College provides many opportunities for learning and offers a range of programs and services to help students become well-educated, productive citizens. The College is equally dedicated to collaborating with the community to help create or improve economic well-being and to offer the space of the College for social dialog, events of art and culture and other moments that enhance our quality of life.


GCSC sets student achievement goals and evaluates the success of achieving those goals in the following areas:

  • Retention rates
  • Graduation rates*
    • By Gender
    • By Ethnicity
    • By Financial aid
  • Passing rates by instructional method
  • Median wage of graduates who are employed full time
  • Continuing education or employment
  • Transfer-out graduates’ performance in the State University System (SUS)

*GCSC is using IPEDS Graduation Rate (150% of standard time) definition and metric to evaluate the student completion indicator. This metric was selected as an effort to track, evaluate and improve student’s success.

Metric in Relation to GCSC's Mission
Direction Goal Metric

Create a culture that focuses on student success by promoting academic excellence and continued improvement in the teaching and learning process.

  • Provide rigorous, engaging, and evidence-based instructional methods and innovative curricular designs
  • Increase methods to incorporate technology into pedagogical practice to optimize student learning
  • Provide ongoing and timely professional development on best practices and cross-curricular collaboration
  • Increase active and contextualized learning and experiential learning opportunities
  • Develop flexible programs and delivery options that allow students and graduates to compete successfully in the local, state, and regional economy
  • Increase the number of students experiencing active and collaborative learning on Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) by 4 points over 2022 baseline
  • Increase the number of degree-seeking students completing an associate degree within three years (full-time students) and six years (part-time students), disaggregated by student characteristics, by 10% (2022-2027)


Continuously develop new and innovative approaches to recruit, retain, and graduate students.

  • Develop strategic interventions for first-generation students and underrepresented communities
  • Provide increased access to robust tutorial support at critical points along student progression
  • Embed support services with a focus on  academic advising and mental health services, across clearly defined academic pathways
  • Expand opportunities for students to be involved with the community via applied learning such as service learning, civic engagement, experiential learning, and volunteer experiences
  • Engage students in extra and co-curricular activities thar promote learning outside of the classroom
  • Increase enrollment (FTE) by 10% (2022-2027) disaggregated by student characteristics
  • Increase the number of students experiencing support for learning on CCSSE by 4 points over 2022 baseline
  • Increase the number of students participating in high-impact practices to include academic advising, service learning, tutorial support and extra/co-curricular activities (establish baseline in 2022-2023)
  • Increase the number of students completing English and math courses within the first 24 credits by 10% (2022-2027)

Promote a culture of civility to include openness, trust, collaboration and mutual respect that is built upon a range of diverse backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives that enhance student learning and institutional improvement.

  • Implement policies and practices that close achievement gaps in student success and increase retention and completion rates of all students
  • Increase accessibility for all students to support the open-door mission of the college
  • Develop and implement accessibility and student engagement practices that enhance the campus climate and student success
  • Increase the percentage of students to attend GCSC in the year following high school disaggregated by demographics by 10% (2022-2027)
  • Increase enrollment of non-traditional students (age 25 and older) by 4% (2022-2027)
  • Develop new programs/initiatives to support student engagement for all student populations

Note. Directions and Goals are listed in the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. 

Threshold: The following thresholds are the minimum expectations GCSC uses to define its acceptable level of achievement:

  • For retention rate, the threshold is calculated by using the prior year rate and adding a percentage improvement point.
  • The graduation rate thresholds are either improving the prior year rate by one percent or surpassing the Florida College System (FCS) Average. 
    • Disaggregated data gender is compared against prior year, overall average and the FCS. The goal is met if it improves the prior year rate by one percent or it surpasses the GCSC or FCS averages.
    • Disaggregated data for ethnicity and financial aid is compared against the IPEDS comparison group median. GCSC goal is to surpass the comparison’s group median rate.
  • For Wages and Continuing Education or Employment, the target is met if it matches or surpasses the prior year metric and or the FCS.
  • For Transfer-out graduates’ performance at SUS, students’ performance is compared against the FCS AA graduates or Native SUS students. The target is met if the student achievement matches or surpasses the comparison groups.

Outcomes and Goals:

Retention Rates were calculated using a cohort of fall beginning of term first-time in college (FTIC) degree/certificate seeking students. Retained students were enrolled at the same institution the following fall.


Retention Rate: Fall to Fall

Graduation rates were calculated using a cohort of fall beginning of term first-time in college (FTIC) degree seeking/certificate seeking students. Students graduated within 150% or 200% of their expected time to graduation. The timeline below corresponds to an Associate of Arts degree. Other programs may have different 150% and 200% end dates.


Graduation Rates

IPEDS 150% Graduation rates disaggregated by gender, ethnicity and financial aid

 By Gender


150% Graduation Rate by Gender

Note. Current year: Fall 2014 cohort; Prior year: Fall 2013 cohort.

By Ethnicity


150% Graduation Rate by Ethnicity

By Financial Aid


150% Graduation Rate by Financial Aid

Note. IPEDS Data Feedback Report (July 2019). Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center of Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS); Winter 2017-18, Graduation Rates components. Current year: Fall 2011 cohort; Prior year: Fall 2010 cohort. The comparison group is determined by IPEDS based on GCSC institution’s characteristics. The characteristics include degree-granting four-year, primary associate’s, Carnegie classification of Associate’s Dominant, public and enrollment of a similar size. The comparison group is comprised of 33 institutions.

Success Rate was calculated as the percentage of A, B, C or P grades. *Others is defined as courses that use an instructional method different from web-based or hybrid (This include: Lecture, labs, etc.). Incomplete and audit grades were removed.


Success Rate

Note. *2018-19 was the year affected by Category 5 Hurricane Michael.

Graduate wages were calculated by utilizing a graduate’s highest wage for full-time employment from the four fiscal quarters the year following graduation. Includes out of state employment data through the Wage Record Interchange System 2 (WRIS2).


Median Wage Annualized Wages of Graduates Full-Time Employees

Note. Bachelor’s data fluctuates due to small sample size.

Continuing education or Employment rates were calculated by determining if any graduates during the year following graduation were employed or enrolled in a postsecondary institution at any time during the year. Includes out of state employment data through the Wage Record Interchange System 2 (WRIS2) and postsecondary education records through the National Student Clearinghouse.


Continuing Education or Employment

Note. Bachelor’s data fluctuates due to small sample size.

AA Graduates Performance at SUS, is calculated as the mean cumulative GPA in the SUS system.


  • GCSC-AA is an upper division student in an SUS Institution who graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from Gulf Coast State College, entered the SUS institution and remained in the same SUS Institution.
  • FCS-AA is an upper division student in an SUS Institution who graduated with an Associate in Arts degree from the Florida College System, entered the SUS institution and remained in the same SUS Institution.
  • Native-SUS- is an upper division student in a SUS institution who began the baccalaureate program in the SUS institution and remained in the same institution.


Mean Cummulative GPA for GCSC AA

Gulf Coast State College Office of Institutional Research, report last updated on 1/29/2020.

Gulf Coast State College does not discriminate against any person in its programs, activities, policies or procedures on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, marital status, religion, age, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. All questions or inquiries regarding compliance with laws relating to non-discrimination and all complaints regarding sexual misconduct or discrimination, may be directed to Lee Wood, Executive Director, Human Resources/Title II/504/Title IX Coordinator and Employment Equity Officer, Gulf Coast State College, 5230 W. US Highway 98, Panama City, FL 32401.