Phases of a Community College Student: A Statistical Profile

Phases of a Community College Student: A Statistical Profile

Presented to the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees Annual Conference in July 2010 at Iowa Valley Community College District in Marshalltown, Iowa.

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Tom Schenk Jr

June 01, 2012
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    0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 40,000 2002

    2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Joint Enrollment
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    Student Demographics 5 53% Female 90% White 18 old Young

    100% Resident 57% 89% 24 old 93% Total
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    ACT Composite Scores (2008) Academic Background 0% 1% 2% 3%

    4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 9% 10% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536
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    ACT Composite Scores (2008) Academic Background 0% 1% 2% 3%

    4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 9% 10% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 101112131415161718192021222324252627282930313233343536 Joint enrollees= 22.8 Iowa seniors= 21.9
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    Courses Taken English Language and Literature Mathematics Information Technology Healthcare

    Sciences Foreign Language Architecture & Construction Social Sciences and History
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    The average student age was 24 years-old and the median

    was 20 years-old. The dark shaded region shows the Millennial’s are the predominate population, followed by generation X (tan) and baby boomers (olive). Age Distribution 13 0% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10% 12% 14% 16% 14 16 18 20 22 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66 68 70 72 74 76 78 80
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    Career and technical education is designed to lead students into

    careers immediately after graduation. Thirty-one percent of students enroll in CTE majors. The college parallel function lets students transfer into a four- year institution. Sixty percent of students are enrolled in college parallel majors. Students are beginning to enroll in a combination of college parallel and career and technical education programs. Four percent of enrollees are in both programs.
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    Comprehensive Success Over 53 percent of community college students achieved

    measureable success within three years by either graduating or transferring to a four-year university. A third of students earned a degree and transferred. Meanwhile, twelve percent of students were able to obtain two community college degrees within three years.
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    0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90%

    100% 2005 2006 2007 52% 53% 53%
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    Many adults are seeking career improvement or career change, mostly

    through career and technical education programs. Adult students are enrolled in college transfer programs. In the past year, adults in college parallel programs have grown faster than traditional age students. Students are beginning to enroll in a combination of college parallel and career and technical education programs. Four percent of enrollees are in both programs.
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    Tom SCHENK Iowa Department of Education (515) 281-3753 tom.schenk@iowa.gov Jeremy

    VARNER Iowa Department of Education (515) 281-3866 jeremy.varner@iowa.gov www.iowa.gov/educate/ www.iowa.gov/educate/ccpublications The Annual Condition of Iowa’s Community Colleges 2009, Iowa Department of Education The Annual Condition of Iowa’s Community Colleges 2008, Iowa Department of Education Economic Returns and Career Transitions for Iowa Community Colleges, Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development Joint Enrollment Report 2009, Iowa Department of Education Enrollment in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2007; Graduation Rates, 2001 and 2004 Cohorts; and Financial Statistics, Fiscal Year 2007, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education.