2025 Student Success and Completion Plan

2025 KPI Target Adoption and Approval Process

In March 2019, Cincinnati State adopted the Student Success and Completion Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Targets below, with a goal of achieving these targets by 2025.

These targets have been formally considered, reviewed, and approved by the College Board of Trustees and will be incorporated into the College’s Strategic Plan.

The target goals are intended to be aggressive as well as realistic. The targets were established through a comprehensive process that involved input and feedback from the College’s Executive Team, the academic deans, the faculty, and other College leaders.

Sources used included state and national comparative data (when available and applicable) and Cincinnati State trends. In addition, consideration was given to current and potential future resources needed to accomplish these goals.

EARLY INDICATORS (Based on Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters)

Credit Pass Rate79%
Average Credit Attempted24 Credits
Average Credit Earned18 Credits
Persistence Rate (Fall to Spring)73%
Retention Rate (Fall to Fall)53%
(% Graduated Within a Time Period)
2-Year Graduation Rate13%
3-Year Graduation Rate23%
4-Year Graduation Rate28%
5-Year Graduation Rate30%

2025 KPI Target Review and Implementation Process

The College’s Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness uses Tableau software to create workbooks that provide data to the College regarding KPIs and other success measures. Tableau Workbooks are shared via the College intranet.

The Student Success and Completion KPI Workbook allows members of the College community to view the KPI Targets and thus create and implement strategies to achieve these targets by 2025.

The Workbook also allows users to view segments of the student population to see past and current rates of success and corresponding trends for varied groups of students.

Viewing the current data emphasizes the need to comprehensively address student success and equity. The next step for the College is creating strategies, actions, and processes to ensure the KPI Targets are met.

  • A primary activity will be review of the KPI Targets as a component of the Annual Academic System Review process each October. This annual iterative review of targets, progress, and plans takes into account feedback, actions, and successes of faculty, administrators, and staff members, as well as College leadership.
  • KPI Targets and implementation strategies also will be incorporated into and aligned with the College’s Student Success and Completion Plan.
  • The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness will update this Workbook as new data is available and will help coordinate data review, discussion, and follow-up actions. Data review and discussion activities will generally correspond with the annual Program Review process.
  • Efforts will be made to document actions taken throughout the College to accomplish the KPI Targets– including why the actions were taken– to ensure that the College continuously reviews and learns from these actions.

It is important to note that the KPI Targets may be adjusted or adapted as future demands and challenges require. The annual review processes will include review and discussion of potential adjustments to the KPI Targets.

2020-2025 Strategic Plan

The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan is about focus and action based on the college’s Mission, Vision, & Values.

Read the Strategic Plan