As of 2018, Helena College has updated its mission statement, core themes (3), and strategic goals (5). These changes reflect input received from campus on the strategic plan, recommendations coming from our Year 7 accreditation evaluation, and diligent work on the part of the Strategic Planning, Assessment and Accreditation Committee. While the changes to the mission statement and core themes are subtle, they provide better definition and improve our ability to determine the extent to which we are fulfilling our mission. Our strategic plan has been consolidated and simplified, giving us a clearer path towards achieving our institutional goals. The College submitted its Mission and Core Themes Report for the next seven-year accreditation cycle to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) on March 1st. You can read it
Average first-semester GPA for the 55 students that transferred from Helena College to 4-year colleges and universities across the Montana University System last fall. 84% of these students achieved good academic standing earning a 2.00 or better GPA.
Percentage of credit hours offered that were successfully passed by Helena College students last semester. This is similar to the year prior, but well above the current 5-year average for the fall term which is 77%
Number of service hours provided to the Helena community by students, faculty and staff last semester as reported on the community engagement survey (46% response rate). Faculty and staff provided 848 hours, while students contributed 10,941 hours in clinicals, internships and service learning opportunities.
Official headcount enrollment for the spring 2018 semester a slight decrease of 4% from the year prior. Spring enrollment has averaged 1,271 students over the past three years. Ultimately, we will see a small decline in annual FTE for FY2018, a persistent trend that will continue to present fiscal challenges for the College. Our small but continuing enrollment decline mirrors national and statewide trends since the end of the recession. Last fall the National Student Clearinghouse and the Montana University System reported a 1.7% decline nationally and a 3% decline statewide in enrollment at two-year colleges.
A recent state ranking of Helena College's Registered Nursing program by RegisteredNursing.org, a national nursing advocacy organization. Notably this ranking included analysis of all RN programs in the state, both at the two-year and four-year level. Only the top 5 ranked schools made the list with Helena College earning 97.0 points just slightly below Montana Tech's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program scoring 97.24. The other finalists were MSU (#3, 90.78), Missoula College (#4, 88.39) and Carroll College (#5, 87.17). Way to go Helena College nurses!
5 for 5
Helena College's TRIO-Student Support Services program participants have again met or exceeded all five of the program's annual performance objectives, which include persistence, good academic standing, degree completion, transfer to 4-year institutions, and number of participants served. The program has successfully attained its performance objectives every year since it being funded in 2009. TRIO-SSS is a federally funded program designed to provide support services for first-generation, low-income and disabled students. Congratulations to TRIO students and program staff!
Helena College by the Numbers is brought to you by the Office of Institutional Research. The purpose of this newsletter is to highlight selected data points with some brief analysis to show how institutional data informs decision-making, measures progress on goals, and demonstrates student success. Comments, suggestions and/or questions are welcome and encouraged. If you have an interesting Helena College statistic to share, pass it along to michael.brown@HelenaCollege.edu.