Institutional Performance Measures

Thaddeus Stevens College is committed to continuous improvement and monitors its institutional effectiveness (how well its performance matches its purpose) in a number of ways. The College’s Key Performance Indicators are based on internal and external evidence-based metrics, several of which are listed below. A primary external source is the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that compiles the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) statistics. IPEDS compares Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to twenty-nine, two-year colleges located in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Stats for Class of 2012. 

Institutional Dashboard for 2009-2015
Abstract | Introduction

Internal Key Performance Indicators (SOURCES: Internal data collections, Post-Graduate Surveys, Employer Surveys, and PowerFAIDS)

Indicators Class of 2011 Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015  Class of 2016
Progression Rate 72.0% 68.5% 70.9% 71.1% 69%  76.2%
Graduation Rate 61.2% 59.4% 61.8% 59.4% 57.9%  65.3%*
Post Graduate Survey Response Rate 78.1% 86.5% 88.6% 90.3% 89.3%  Pending
Placement Rate 98.6% 96.2% 98.2% 96.1%  96.0% Pending
Graduate Satisfaction Good Excellent Good Good  Good Pending
Annual Median
Starting Salary
$33,000  $35,000  $32,000   $33,000 $33,000   Pending
Employer Survey Response Rate NA 48% 52% 45% 55%  Pending
Employer Satisfaction I
(Satisfied to Very Satisfied)
NA 94% 92% 98.8%  98.8% Pending
 Employer Satisfaction II
(Good or Excellent)
NA  NA  NA  82.5%  82.5% Pending
Students with Loan Debt 52.7% 58.7% 57.6% 64.3%  63.9% Pending
Student Loan Debt (Median) $10,000 $12,000.00 $8,975 $7.104    $9,325   Pending
  • Progression Rate reflects the continuous term-to-term persistence rate for certificate programs and the fall-to-fall retention rate for associate degree programs.
  • Graduation Rate reflects the number of freshmen who were officially enrolled in the fall semester and earned a certificate or degree within the expected time frame.
  • Post Graduate Survey an annual on-line post graduate survey utilized by the college to gather vital information regarding career placement, starting salary, and level of satisfaction. Employer Satisfaction Survey an annual on-line employer survey utilized by the college to gather vital information regarding the preparation level of the Stevens’ graduate.
    • Placement Rate is the percent of graduate survey respondents who reported being employed or continued their education on a full-time basis.
    • Graduate Satisfaction is the median graduate survey response evaluating the level of preparation for workforce entry (based on a 5-Item Likert Scale).
    • Annual Median Starting Salary is based on the graduate survey response to the request to identify a starting salary from a range of options. This graph shows the median first year annual salary. All calculations are based on the respondent’s self reported first year annual income. For program specific salary information, see Individual Programs Performance Measures  Rounded to the nearest thousand dollar
Employers Satisfaction
  • Employer Satisfaction I is the percentage of employers who rated the level of student preparation for workforce entry as "Satisfied to Very Satisfied" based on a 5-level Likert Scale 
  • Employer Satisfaction II is the percentage of employers who rated the overall preparation of recently hired graduates when entering the workforce as "Good or Excellent" based on a 5-level Likert Scale 
  • Student Loan Profile is derived from combining the total amount of all student loans received by the student during their time at Stevens. (Since TSCT is a residential college, much of the debt is incurred as a result of room and board expenses.)
    • Students with Loan Debt reflects the percentage of students with loan debt.
    • Student Loan Debt indicates the median amount of student loan debt.
Employment Rates for TSCT Graduates Employed Full Time within Field
External Key Performance Indicators (SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS))