What is program evaluation & why is it important?
All occupational therapy programs must evaluate how successful their programs are. This is called program evaluation. It is the responsibility of the Jamestown Community College occupational therapy assistant program to communicate these findings to the public. The public may include interested students and their families, consumers, accrediting bodies, potential employers, and the community at large.
Program evaluation allows faculty to objectively measure their strengths and weaknesses to improve the program. This information can also be used by the public before applying to the program, hiring our graduates, or investing resources. Evaluating a program is important to make good decisions. Would you invest in a car that has a poor rating? No! Being a smart consumer is important!
What are the evaluation measures used by the occupational therapy assistant program faculty?
There are numerous measures that the program uses. On this site you will find:
Persistence to graduation from the OTA program: This data indicates how many graduates completed the OTA program in a maximum of 3 years (150% of normal graduation rate).
Persistence to graduation from the college: This indicates those students that left the OTA program for various reasons (i.e., life event, poor grades, chose an alternate career path) but still graduated from JCC or transferred to another college.
Retention data: This is the total number of students who persevered to complete the OTA program, or another degree at the college.
NBCOT examination results: The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy is charged with developing national examinations for students to take following their graduation from either OTA or OTR programs. This examination is a bar that indicates that students who pass have the skills and abilities to be hired as entry-level practitioners. These results are correlated to the quality of education that students receive. A high passage rate is one sign of a good program! Like anything, pass rates fluctuate for a variety of reasons such as test anxiety and learning disabilities. The data on this page provides information on students who took the NBCOT exam and passed within 12 months of graduating from our program.
Three-year graduation, progression, & retention rates for OTA students - ACOTE Annual Report for 2020
|Starting Cohort||Starting cohort: students taking OTA 1510||Graduates within 150% of normal time:
Earned degree in OTA
|Graduates within 150% of normal time:
Graduated from other JCC program
|Persisters still enrolled at JCC:
Still enrolled in OTA
|Persisters still enrolled at JCC:
Enrolled in other JCC program
|Transferred to another college within 150% of normal time||Retention|
|Number of students in fall 2014 cohort||27||21||1||0||1||1||24|
|2014 cohort status as of fall 2017||n/a||77.8%||3.7%||0.0%||3.7%||3.7%||88.9%|
|Number of students in fall 2015 cohort||32||29||3||0||0||0||32|
|2015 cohort status as of fall 2018||n/a||90.6%||9.4%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||100%|
|Number of students in fall 2016 cohort||27||21||3||0||2||1||27|
|2016 cohort status as of fall 2019||n/a||77.8%||11.1%||0.0%||7.4%||3.7%||100%|
|Number of students in fall 2017 cohort||25||22||2||0||0||0||24|
|2017 cohort status as of fall 2020||n/a||88.0%||8.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||96.0%|
*Registrations in OTA 1510 as of SUNY Census. Graduates within 150% of normal time include August graduates. (Ex: The Fall 2013 starting cohort looks at degrees awarded between December 2013 and August 2016.) Transfer data come from the National Student Clearinghouse and are for associate degree-seeking students only. The National Student Clearinghouse covers over 92% of the nation's IPEDs enrollment counts (approximately 3300 colleges and universities). Students and schools might block data from being retrieved.
Note: Graduation, persistence, and attrition data may seem to vary significantly from year to year because the starting cohorts are small.
Graduation rates & National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) outcome data
|Year||Number of students admitted/number of program graduates||Graduation rate||Number of test takers who sat for the NBCOT exam within 12 months of graduation||Number of test takers who passed the NBCOT exam within 12 months of graduation||Percentage of test takers who passed the NBCOT exam within 12 months of graduation|
For comparison of JCC's OTA program to other schools, visit https://secure.nbcot.org/data/schoolstats.aspx.