2016 Fall Nursing Assistant Data Summary

2016 Fall Nursing Assistant Data Summary

Data and Evidence Analysis Summary – 2016
Nursing Assistant
Conducted by Doreen Olson, Adjunct Faculty and Program Development Coordinator, 7-27-2016

WTCS Comparative Data:
Unable to complete this section. There was no Wisconsin Technical College System comparative data.

Labor Market Analysis October 2015
In an analysis of the Western District and occupations associated with the field of Nursing Assistant
program, the following points are noted:





From 2016-2020, this occupation is expected to grow 8.3%. This is considered strong growth.
District trends are anticipated to be comparable within the state (8.3%) and lower to the
national trend (11.2%).
The data indicates the Nursing Assistant jobs within the district will have a high concentration in
La Crosse County (3,296). Vernon and Monroe Counties anticipate 537 and 527 positions by
This program’s employment pattern has a solid age distribution of individuals which is
represented in each age group. The 25-34 age group leads the employment field with 21.4%
followed by the 45-54 age group (19.5%). The 19-24 age group is third (18.5) with the 55-64 age
groups representing 17.4% of the employees.
An analysis of the district’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) shows that there are
two educational programs tagged to deliver graduates into the field. The data indicates a total
of 423 completions for 100 openings in 2014. At first glance this is appears to be an indicator of
oversaturation. The program must take into consideration how many students are completing
the program as a pathway into other occupations such as nursing, therapy, etc. The data does
not indicate if the completers are pursuing other pathways. Deeper data collection may benefit
the program in right sizing the program size.
Industries employing graduates from the Nursing Assistant program is the strongest in nursing
care facilities (22.5%, 1,189 jobs). General medical and surgical hospital nursing assistant jobs in
2015 were at 987 (18.7%)
In 2015, earnings for graduates of this program range from $10.30 per hour to $12.98 per hour.
Median hourly wage is $11.64 per hour as compared to $10.82 per hour nationally.

Student Satisfaction Trends
The Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory was conducted in the fall of 2015. The instrument asks
students to rate the importance AND the satisfaction with 95 items (1-7 with 7 as highest) related to the
following “scales”:


Instructional effectiveness
Academic advising/counseling
Concern for the individual
Registration effectiveness
Admissions and financial aid
Student centeredness
Campus climate
Academic services
Service excellence
Safety and security
Campus support services and responsiveness to diverse populations

In the program self-study process (data and evidence analysis work), programs are asked to identify
gaps between importance and satisfaction. Gaps are calculated as the difference between the
importance of an item and the satisfaction level. Gaps that are close to a “1” should be discussed and
explored – particularly if they are tied to items that are rated as high in importance for students.
This survey had six students respond. A cursory glance at the “scale” level did not reveal any gaps in in
the various categories of the survey. The overall satisfaction with the experience at Western for Nursing
Assistant program was 5.80 as compared to 5.68 for all students responding to the survey. The Nursing
Assistant students indicated that the experience thus far was lower than expected (4.60), whereas all
students responding to this survey scored this at an average of 4.93.
A more detailed analysis was conducted at the “item” level. Items are associated with one or more
“scales” and provide additional insight into specific areas.
Items rated highest in importance for Nursing Assistant students include several items that scored a 7
(scale of 1-7 with 7 as very important):

Item #18 – Quality of instruction I receive in most of my classes is excellent. 7.00
Item #19 – Campus provides effective support services for displaced homemakers. 7.00
Item #23 – Faculty are understanding of students’ unique life circumstances. 7.00
Item #26 – Library staff are helpful and approachable. 7.00
Item #30 – Career services provides students with help. 7.00
Item #38 – Student center is a comfortable place for students. 7.00
Item #58 – Nearly all of the faculty are knowledgeable in their fields. 6.80
Item #66 – Program requirements are clear and reasonable. 6.80
Item #72 – Wellness Center meets my fitness needs. 7.00
Item #77 – There is sufficient financial assistance for child care. 7.00
Item #79 – Effective support services are available for minority students. 7.00
Item #87 – Cost as a factor in decision to enroll. 6.80
Item #89 – Academic reputation as a factor in decision to enroll. 7.00

Note that the students in this program seemed to associate a higher level of importance to many items
as compared to students in other programs. This did not result in gaps between importance and
satisfaction. The survey indicated 59 items that there was a 0 or higher (indicated with a – sign) between

importance and satisfaction. This indicates the students are satisfied with the education and services at
Western. Items that may be topics of discussion for this program include:

Item #1 – Most students feel a sense of belonging here. (1.45)
Item #7 – Adequate financial aid is available. (1.35)
Item #40 – My academic advisor is knowledgeable about transfer requirements. (1.00)
Item #77 – There is sufficient financial assistance for child care. (2.50)

Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Trends
There was no current assessment data to analyze.

Graduate Follow-Up Trends
There was no current assessment data to analyze.

Career Pathways Assessment

Your program had six responses to the survey. All six were full-time faculty.
Items that may be topics of discussion for this program include:
o There appears to be some disagreement around the course sequencing area so this
might be a possible discussion area. Topics such as embedded and laddering
credentials, multiple entry and reentry points, and flexible delivery formats are included
in this area.
o Another area of possible discussion would be student options as there seems to be
several “unknown” responses. This includes Business and Industry Services course work
for program credit, transfer options for students, and articulation agreements with area
high schools.
o The advisory committee representation area had some disagreement indicated around
student representation, a cross section of industry represented, and a mix of Western
graduates and/or other college graduates in jobs related to the field.
o Lastly, there seemed to be disagreement among respondents in the area of learning
opportunities. Discussion around service learning projects, attendance at career fairs,
and other student club activities might be considered.