With its commitment to continuous improvement, Columbia College conducts student surveys both at the conclusion of each course and at the completion of each program. These results provide our faculty and staff with valuable insights and opportunities to improve the delivery of classes and the composition of programs.
The following chart presents the results of these surveys for the academic year concluding August 2012. The chart consists of seven distinct areas, representing 47 unique survey items.
Completion Rates of Students
The term ‘completion rate’ commonly refers to the percentage of students who have completed the program they enrolled in and formally graduated.
Each year Columbia College reports the completion rates of its Certificate and Diploma students to Enterprise and Advanced Education. According to the April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013 Annual Report for Institutions, Enterprise and Advanced Education reported overall that 95% of Certificate program students and 97% of Diploma program students graduated from Columbia College.
Employment of Graduates
According to the Annual Report from Alberta Advanced Education, Columbia College achieved an overall job placement rate of 86% for the period of Apr. 1, 2011 – Mar. 31, 2012. Unfortunately, the Government of Alberta does not, at this time, provide a similar report on public institutions. As a result, no formal comparison can be provided.
What is interesting to note is that, according to an article by Timothy Sandoval in the Chronicle of Higher Education (July 16, 2012), the lack of standard tracking makes many colleges’ claims of graduate outcomes unreliable. Mr. Sandoval states that few public institutions actually ask students if they were employed in their field of training, and “many count any position at all, even unpaid internship as employment”. These US practices are not the same for private institutions in Alberta, like Columbia College, where provincial regulations are strictly regulated.
The following chart indicates the combined employment and further education rates achieved by Columbia College graduates, for all of Columbia’s provincially licensed programs for 2012: