Accreditation

Institutional Accreditation

Owensboro Community and Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Owensboro Community and Technical College. Their website is http://www.sacscoc.org/

Note: The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

Students, parents, employees, and the general public of Owensboro Community & Technical College and the KCTCS system are hereby notified that the college is a Drug-Free Workplace and School, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age religion, or marital status in employment, educational programs or activities as set forth by Title IV, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Any person having inquiries concerning OCTCs compliance to these regulations should contact Office of Diversity Programs, acting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Coordinator and Joe Yazvac, acting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, on the Main (MN) campus of Owensboro Community & Technical College, 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro, KY 42303, (270) 686-4400.

Questions about admission should be directed to the OCTC Counseling Center, (270) 686-3792. Federal Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. Opportunities are available for non-traditional careers, for veterans and single parents. For more information contact the financial aid office (270) 686-4521. Questions concerning KCTCS or the compliance of federal regulations should be directed to the Human Resource Director of KCTCS, 300 North Main St., Versailles, KY 40383, (859) 256-3100; the Director of Diversity Programs, KCTCS, 300 North Main St., Versailles, KY 40383, (859) 256-3100; or to the Director of the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Dept of Education, Philadelphia, PA.

Student achievement at Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) is evaluated using a number of measures at different points in the college careers of our students. The measures were selected based on college, state, and federal performance indicators published as of October 2015.

    1. Transitional course success English: Percent of first-time, credential-seeking students testing at a transitional English level who successfully complete a transitional course or re-test at a college English level within two years (Kentucky Community and Technical College System Performance (KCTCS) Measure).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2009 Fall 2011

Rank in the top four colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (out of sixteen)

67.0% (Ranked seventh)

No

Fall 2010 Fall 2012

64.8% (Ranked fourth)

Yes

Fall 2011 Fall 2013

65.6% (Ranked third)

Yes

Fall 2012 Fall 2014

67.6% (Ranked second)

Yes

 

    1. Transitional course success Mathematics: Percent of first-time, credential-seeking students testing at a transitional mathematics level who successfully complete a transitional course or re-test at a college mathematics level within two years (Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Performance Measure).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2009 Fall 2011

Rank in the top four colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (out of sixteen)

65.2% (Ranked fifth)

No

Fall 2010 Fall 2012

66.4% (Ranked second)

Yes

Fall 2011 Fall 2013

55.9% (Ranked fourth)

Yes

Fall 2012 Fall 2014

54.1% (Ranked tenth)

No

 

    1. Retention, full-time students: Percent of first-time, full-time students from the fall of first enrollment who are enrolled the following fall (US Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2010 Fall 2011

Outperform the average of the demographically similar comparison group selected by IPEDS

OCTC: 59%

Comparison group: 57%

Yes

Fall 2011 Fall 2012

OCTC: 59%

Comparison group: 57%

Yes

Fall 2012 Fall 2013

OCTC: 60%

Comparison group: 57%

Yes

 

    1. Retention, part-time students: Percent of first-time, part-time students from the fall of first enrollment who are enrolled the following fall (US Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2010 Fall 2011

Outperform the average of the demographically similar comparison group selected by IPEDS

OCTC: 42%

Comparison group: 42%

No

Fall 2011 Fall 2012

OCTC: 43%

Comparison group: 39%

Yes

Fall 2012 Fall 2013

OCTC: 45%

Comparison group: 41%

Yes

 

    1. Persistence Three year rate: Percent of fall/summer first-time credential-seeking students who have earned a credential, transferred to a four-year institution, or are still enrolled at the end of three years (Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Performance Measure).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2007 Fall 2010

Rank in the top four colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (out of sixteen)

52.0% (Ranked fourth)

Yes

Fall 2008 Fall 2011

50.3% (Ranked seventh)

No

Fall 2009 Fall 2012

54.4% (Ranked first)

Yes

Fall 2010 Fall 2013

50.0% (Ranked second)

Yes

 

    1. Persistence of diverse students Three year rate: Percent of minority fall/summer first-time credential-seeking students who have earned a credential, transferred to a four-year institution, or are still enrolled at the end of three years (Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Performance Measure).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2007 Fall 2010

Rank in the top four colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (out of sixteen)

37.5% (Ranked twelfth)

No

Fall 2008 Fall 2011

35.0% (Ranked twelfth)

No

Fall 2009 Fall 2012

51.2% (Ranked fourth)

Yes

Fall 2010 Fall 2013

30.6% (Ranked thirteenth)

No

 

    1. Degrees awarded: Annual count of associate degrees awarded (Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Performance Measure).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

2010-11

Increase the number of associate degrees awarded

569

Yes

2011-12

613

Yes

2012-13

650

Yes

2013-14

586

No

 

    1. Graduation Rate, 150% of normal time: Graduation rate for first-time, full-time, credential seeking students, in 150% of normal time (normal time = two years, 150% = three years). (US Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2008 Aug 2011

Outperform the average of the demographically similar comparison group selected by IPEDS

OCTC: 32%

Comparison group: 21%

Yes

Fall 2009 Aug 2012

OCTC: 35%

Comparison group: 22%

Yes

Fall 2010 Aug 2013

OCTC: 30%

Comparison group: 24%

Yes

 

    1. Transfer Rate, 150% of normal time: Transfer rate for first-time, full-time, credential seeking students, in 150% of normal time (normal time = two years, 150% = three years). (US Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2008 Aug 2011

Outperform the average of the demographically similar comparison group selected by IPEDS

OCTC: 7%

Comparison group: 17%

No

Fall 2009 Aug 2012

OCTC: 7%

Comparison group: 16%

No

Fall 2010 Aug 2013

OCTC: 15%

Comparison group: 13%

Yes

 

    1. Graduation Rate, 200% of normal time: Graduation rate for first-time, full-time, credential seeking students, in 200% of normal time (normal time = two years, 200% = four years). (US Department of Education Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2007 Aug 2011

Outperform the average of the demographically similar comparison group selected by IPEDS

OCTC: 37%

Comparison group: 29%

Yes

Fall 2008 Aug 2012

OCTC: 35%

Comparison group: 30%

Yes

Fall 2009 Aug 2013

OCTC: 43%

Comparison group: 27%

Yes

 

    1. Job Placement: Employment of graduates of OCTC technical programs in the prior year, based on unemployment insurance data and faculty reporting (unemployment insurance data is limited to in-state students working for employers paying unemployment insurance) (Federal Perkins grant performance measure 4P1).

 

Year

Goal

Results

Goal met?

2011 Employment

Outperform the Kentucky Community and Technical College System average

OCTC: 81.7%

Comparison group: 80.7%

Yes

2012 Employment

OCTC: 86.4%

Comparison group: 80.5%

Yes

2013 Employment

OCTC: 79.9%

Comparison group: 77.8%

Yes

 

    1. GPA at Western Kentucky University: GPA of OCTC students now at Western Kentucky University, the baccalaureate institution where the greatest number of former OCTC students transfer, as compared to the GPA of all students at WKU (WKU Feedback Report provided to OCTC by WKU Institutional Research)

 

Semester

Goal

Results

Goal met?

Fall 2012

Outperform the average student at Western Kentucky University

OCTC: 2.86

All WKU students: 2.88

No

Fall 2013

OCTC: 2.84

All WKU students: 2.87

No

Fall 2014

OCTC: 3.16

All WKU students: 2.82

Yes

 
 

The academic programs below are specialized professional programs accredited independently of the college.

State Approved Academic Programs

  • Medicaid Nurse Aide: Kentucky Medicaid Nurse Aide is approved and monitored by The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Medicaid Services. 275 E. Main St., 1E-B, Frankfort, KY 40621. Phone: 1-800-372-2973.
  • Associate Degree Nursing: The program is accredited by the National League of Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA). 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, The Watergate, Washington, DC 20037, www.nln.org/cnea Telephone: (202)-909-2487. 

    ***The Owensboro Community & Technical College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program hosted a successful on-campus visit with the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) on April 18-19, 2018.

    The next step in the process is for the NLN CNEA Program Review Committee to review the evaluator’s report, August 23-24, 2018 and make recommendations to the NLN CNEA Board of Commissioners who will take final action on the accreditation status of the program, October 18-19, 2018.  

    The NLN’s accreditation services, represented by the NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA), promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education globally through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty; emphasizes a culture of continuous quality improvement; and influences the preparation of a caring and competent nursing workforce. CNEA carries out its accreditation activities guided by the National League for Nursing’s core values – caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence – as applied to the accreditation process.***