Message from Dan Patterson: Key Performance Indicator results

Dan PattersonOn Wednesday I was pleased to share the results of the 2012-2013 Key Performance Indicator Student Satisfaction Survey at announcements at Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake. In a year filled with many highlights, we must take time to celebrate our outstanding KPI results for another year.

For an incredible eight of the past nine years, we have been celebrating our number one ranking in Student Satisfaction. This accomplishment is the result of the exceptional engagement of Niagara College faculty with our students, and the commitment of all staff to student success. I can confidently state that everyone at NC works together to provide a student experience that is unparalleled in any other college.

While much of the focus is on the student satisfaction portion of the results, the survey measures other important aspects of our performance. This year’s results show that 85.2 percent of Niagara College graduates were hired within six months of graduation, and 92.3 percent of employers were satisfied with the NC graduate they hired. More than 81 percent of Niagara College graduates are satisfied with their Niagara College education and experience.

These numbers are equally important, because they show that Niagara College students get jobs, and they are very well prepared, making an immediate positive contribution to the workplace. All of these results underscore the high value of the applied education that Niagara College provides.

The results also show another increase in graduation rate – reaching 65.8 percent, up from 65.7 percent last year. NC’s graduation rate remains ahead of the provincial average, and our improvement is the result of the focused student retention efforts we have implemented in recent years.

The full KPI results are available online.

These results are something we can all be truly proud of. I would like to thank you for your dedication and commitment to Niagara College students. We have an amazing culture of caring professionals and by our continued Number 1 ranking, it is evident that our students recognize and appreciate everyone’s efforts.


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