The College Effectiveness Department analyzes a variety of College and related data to provide information for planning and decision making at the administrative and program level. The department supports strategic planning, divisional and academic program reviews, and coordinates campus survey development, deployment and analysis.

College Effectiveness plays a significant role in garnering grant funding to support expansion, students, instructors, and the larger community. All grant reporting, tracking and documentation of grant activities are channeled through this office.

Functions of College Effectiveness

  • Provide the College with information that supports institutional strategic planning and decision making
  • Provide internal and external environmental scanning and project future trends and needs in support of institutional planning
  • Produce descriptive profiles of students and other institutional performance data
  • Develop assessment processes for college effectiveness studies
  • Plan, conduct, analyze, and disseminate the results of analytical studies, including campus climate, graduate and employer follow-up, and student satisfaction
  • Serve as a resource for accreditation and reaccreditation
  • Prepares and reports data to governmental and non-governmental agencies including Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Provide analytical and consulting services to College committees and departments on an as-needed basis for College surveys
  • Research, write, manage and report all College grants

Enrollment – Retention – Graduation Report

Source: Charger Dashboard – data retrieved 11/3/2017
Data provided based on all degree-seeking program enrolled students.

2016-2017 Enrollment

1,844 students enrolled in programs at Southwest Tech


Year-to-Year: Two-Year Programs 2016 Cohort = 54.8% Retention Rate (295 of 538)

Term 1-to-Term 2: One-Year Programs 2017 Cohort = 77.6% Retention Rate (187 of 241)


Two-Year Programs Fall 2015-2016 Cohort = 39.6% (187 of 472)

One-Year Programs Fall 2016-2017 Cohort = 62.7% (128 of 204)