In coordination with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), John Tyler Community College (becoming Brightpoint Community College) uses multiple measures as “indicators of student achievement identified by the institution itself given its mission, student population, programs, resources, and strategic priorities” (CR 8.1 Student Achievement, 2019 SACSCOC Institute on Quality Enhancement and Accreditation, Dallas, TX).

Our institutional mission is a broad series of statements that encompass our mission statement, vision statement, diversity statement, and four college goals.  Our mission statement is to provide “quality educational opportunities that inspire student success and community vitality.”  Our vision is to offer “a success story for every student.”

John Tyler Community College (becoming Brightpoint Community College) embraces a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion that empowers anyone from anywhere to be successful in their academic and professional pursuits. We strive to provide an environment that is enriching to all by understanding and appreciating our dimensions of diversity, becoming global citizens, and welcoming new ways of engaging the unique contributions of all people.

Our college goals, which are aligned to our institutional strategic plan, the VCCS Opportunity 2027 strategic plan, and our institutional diversity plan, are to:

  1. Advance equity in access, inclusion, and completion by strengthening our student and academic supports, particularly for our underserved populations of students.
  2. Expand and enhance our funding and finance models to include flexible financial options to students.
  3. Provide educational and career pathways through expanded partnerships and experiential learning options for students.
  4. Identify and invest in innovative processes and equity practices to improve and promote a culture of professional excellence and student success.

Student Achievement Metrics

Our institutional strategic plan outlines our institutional commitment to four strategic focus areas:  student equity, funding and finance solutions, pathways to success, and process and practice innovation.  To measure student achievement, our college has identified the following metrics, targets or goals, and thresholds of acceptability listed below.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) Assessment

In addition to our student achievement metrics, our college measures the following institutional learning outcomes (ILOs) in embedded class assessments.  Our ILOs are aligned to Virginia Community College System (VCCS) Policy 5.0.2 General Education and State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outcomes Assessment policies, and are reflective of our institutional mission, vision, college goals, and academic programs --

  • Civic Engagement
  • Critical Thinking
  • Professional Readiness
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Scientific Literacy
  • Written Communication

Our target performance level for our ILOs is 70% of students will achieve a score of 70 or higher on in-class assessments.  Under each ILO listed above is a description of the VCCS definition, ILO, and subdomains under the outcome, and a graph tracking our progress.  We reported our progress to SCHEV, as well as our continuous quality improvements in outcomes assessment, in more detail, in our 2018-2020 Report on Assessment of Learning and Quality.

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) Graduate Testing

In addition to in-class ILO assessments, our institution measures achievement of ILOs among two-year college graduates by graduate testing using an external assessment.  The table below shows competency scores (scaled from 150-180) compared to a national average score of two-year and four-year college graduates. 

Academic Year

ILO Competency

College Score

Comparison Score

Difference

2017-2018

Civic Engagement

164.3

163.3

+1.0

2018-2019

Critical Thinking

162.1

163.3

-1.2

2019-2020

Not assessed due to COVID

2020-2021

Quantitative Literacy

162.0

164.0

-2.0

2021-2022

Scientific Literacy

To Be Assessed

To Be Assessed

N/A

 

2022-2023

Written Communication

To Be Assessed

To Be Assessed

N/A

 

2023-2024

Professional Readiness

To Be Assessed

To Be Assessed

N/A

 

If you have any questions regarding the data on this webpage, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.