Institution-Set Standards

West Hills College Lemoore has determined the following standards by which to assess the institution. Institution set standards are levels identified by WHCL to be acceptable. 

The ISS and stretch goals listed on this page reflect the changes made at Planning and Governance Council on Nov. 13, 2019.

  Institution-Set Standard (Minimum Acceptable Performance) Stretch Goal Actual Rate (2016-17) Actual Rate (2017-18) Actual Rate (2018-19)
Course Success Rate 70% 75% 73% 72% 73%

Students awarded associate degrees
(unduplicated headcount)

550 students 771 students 484 students

532 students

605 students
Students awarded certificates of achievement (unduplicated headcount) 75 students 131 students 63 students 78 students 42 students
Transfers to Four-Year Institutions 450 transfers per year 525 transfers per year 494 transfers 443 transfers 486 transfers


Licensure Pass Rates Institution-Set Standard (Minimum Acceptable Performance) 2015-16 Pass Rate 2016-17 Pass Rate 2017-18 Pass Rate 2018-19 Pass Rate
AOJ POST – Arrest and Control* 85% 95.7% 97.5% 98% 65%
AOJ POST – Firearms* 85% 100% 100% 100% 100
Certified Nurse Assistant 85% 96.5%  81% 66.6% 100%
Registered Nursing 85% 79.1% 79.4% 96.9% 94.4%
Paramedics 85% 91% 100%  90%  

 * AOJ Post courses are no longer offered as of spring 2019

Paramedic Pass Rates
Registered Nursing Pass Rates

Job Placement Rates Institution-Set Standard (Minimum Acceptable Performance) Stretch Goal* 2014-15 2015-16 **
Administration of Justice 60%   77% 70%
Business Administration 60%   * *
Child Development 60%   75% 64%
Nursing 60%   95% 100%

*Based on lack of current and consistent job placement data, CTE learning area opted not to set Job Placement Rate stretch goals (CTE Learning Area Meeting, March 27, 2019)

**Job placement rates based on CTE Launchboard data.  Outcomes for 2015-16 are the most recently available data as of March, 17, 2020.

Additional details on job placement rates, including data sources and methodology can be viewed on the WHCCD Job Placement Data page

* n-size too small to calculate job placement rate
** Most recent available data as of October 2018

Note: Data source used for Job Placement rates has changed from previous years. Currently using CTE Launchboard data, while past data were based on Perkins Core Indicators.


Course Success Rate: The percentage of students enrolled on the course census date who complete with a grade of A, B, C, or p

Degrees Awarded: The number of associate degrees awarded during the academic year. Students can be counted more than once for earning multiple degrees.

Certificates Awarded: The number of Chancellor’s Office approved Certificates of Achievement awarded during the academic year. Students can be counted more than once for earning multiple certificates.

Transfers: The number of students (unduplicated) transferring to four-year institutions after completing a minimum of 12 units at WHCCD. Transfer year is based on the academic year in which the student first enrolled at the four-year institution.