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Student Achievement

Institutions accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) are obligated to provide to its students, constituents, and the public information about its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals. Information on student success may include reliable information on retention, graduation, course completion, licensure examinations, and job placement rates and other measures of student success appropriate to institutional mission.

Gateway Community & Technical College identifies the measures below for student achievement. Each measure includes the most recent data available and a definition of the measure. Measures 1-7 derive from the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Strategic Plan. Targets (goals) are established by KCTCS. Measures 8 is from the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) database. 

Fall to Fall Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 55.70%
2017 - 2018 53.30%
2018 - 2019 64.70%
2019 - 2020 61.40%
2021 - 2022 58.90%

Definition: Fall-to-Fall retention rates of first-time, credential seeking students.

Source: CPE Official data


Credentials Awarded
Academic Year Number of Credentials Awarded
2018 - 2019 3,544
2019 - 2020 2, 893
2020 - 2021 2,876
2021 - 2022 3,188

Definition: Annual count of total credentials (associate degrees, certificates and diplomas) awarded

Source: Official data as reported to Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE)



Associate Degrees Awarded
Academic Year Number of Associate Degrees Awarded
2018 - 2019 500
2019 - 2020 508
2020- 2021 589
2021 - 2022 543

Definition: Annual count of total associate degrees awarded.

Source: Official data as reported to Council on Postsecondary Education



Targeted Industry Sector Credentials
Academic Year Number of Credentials Awarded
2018 - 2019 3,133
2019 - 2020 2,539
2020 - 2021 2,489
2021 - 2022 2,887

Definition: - Credentials awarded in programs aligned with jobs in targeted industry sectors (Healthcare; Manufacturing; Transportation; Distribution & Logistics; Information Technology, Business, and Finance; and Construction).

Source: CPE Official Data

High Wage/High Demand Completions Graph

Definition: Number of unduplicated credentials in programs cross walked to a high wage, high demand occupation.

Source: Council on Postsecondary Education Official, Kentucky Occupational Outlook, Occupational Wages (OES) extracted from, and the National Crosswalk Service Center

Graduation Rate

Definition: This rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150% of normal time divided by the revised adjusted cohort.

Source: As reported to IPEDS by KCTCS

Transfer Graph

Definition: Students enrolled at KCTCS in the prior academic year who enrolled at a four-year institution between their last enrollment at KCTCS through June 30th of the following academic year.

Source: National Student Clearinghouse; CPE Official data

associate degree graduates within one year

Definition: The percent of Associate earners in an academic year who enrolled at a four-year institution that academic year after the semester end date of the semester the first Associate was or in the next academic year.

Source: CPE Official data