The Annual Condition of Iowa's Community Colleges: 2009

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September 26, 2011
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The Annual Condition of Iowa's Community Colleges: 2009

A report on Iowa community college students and faculty during the 2008-2009 academic year. Includes a report on workforce outcomes for community college students.

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Tom Schenk Jr

September 26, 2011
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  1. THE ANNUAL CONDITION OF IOWA’S COMMUNITY COLLEGES: 2009 Tom Schenk

    Jr., Consultant
  2. Enrollment increased to a new record high of 133,387, an

    increase of 4.1 percent over last year. The increase was the highest since 2004 and coincided with the 2007-2008 recession. Fiscal Year Enrollment 2
  3. Community colleges granted 14,336 awards last year, a 0.3 percent

    decrease. Associate’s degrees were the largest category of awards. Student Awards 0 2,000 4,000 6,000 8,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 16,000 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 3 Associate’s Diploma Certificate Other
  4. The three year graduation rate for first-time, full-time students rose

    slightly to 39.4 percent for the 2007 cohort. The graduation rate has fluctuated, but stayed ahead of the national graduation rate (31 percent). Graduation Rate 4 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
  5. Time-to-degree remained steady at 2.4 years for the 2005 cohort

    . Time to Degree 5 0 1 2 2003 2004 2005
  6. Slightly over 53 percent of first-time, full-time students entering in

    2007 either transferred or graduated within three years (by 2009), up slightly since the 2006 cohort. Success Rate 6 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 2005 2006 2007
  7. Thirty-four percent of students either graduate or transfer in their

    second year. Many, 28 percent, succeed in their third year. Path to Success 7 1Year Tracking first-time, full-time students is the same method used in federal reports. A third of all students receive multiple awards from community colleges Most students either graduate or transfer in their 2nd year. 6% 2% 8% 26% 13% 15% Fifteen percent of all students receive an award and transfer to a four-year college. Those students are not in this diagram. 2Year 3Year 8,596 First-time, Full-time 7,978 remained 5,578 remained 4,135 remained
  8. Leavers completed a degree in 2001 and were in the

    workforce in 2002. Completers were finishing their degree in 2002 and worked in 2003. By 2004, completers were already more than leavers. Median Wages 8 $0 $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $35,000 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Completers Leavers
  9. The rate of return for all completers was 6 percent.

    Over the 6 year period, completing a degree was worth $1,994 to students. National estimates show returns are typically between 6 and 14 percent. Rate of Return 9 NEW $1 $0.06 + $1 investment rate of return original investment $1,994 means
  10. AAS recipients had the highest median earnings by 2008 with

    $37,121. AA recipients earned $28,712 and certificate recipients earned $23,651. All amounts are inflation adjusted to 2008. Wages by Degree 10
  11. Returned varied by the type of degree received. AAS was

    the most lucrative, worth $41,962 over six years. The AS was worth $9,343 (18.1%); AGS $24,966 (12.4%); Diploma -$3,169 (-0.7%); AA -$9,286 (-4.4%). Return by Degree 11 NEW
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  13. Seventy-eight percent of 2001 graduates remained in the state after

    four years. Many students returned after attending an out-of-state college and a high proportion continuously stayed in Iowa. In-State Retention 13 NEW 66% 52% remained in Iowa after attending an Iowa 4-year college returned to Iowa after attending an out-of-state 4-year college. 29% attended an Iowa 4-year college after graduation.
  14. Iowa invested $1,530 per student in 2002 (inflation adjusted). Over

    the 6 year period the rate of return was -13.2 percent, which means Iowa has not recouped expenses through additional income tax revenues. Public Returns 14 NEW $1 $0.87 tax investment return (income tax)
  15. Enrollment Demographics 15 55% 71% 88% 97% of students are

    FEMALE of students are RESIDENTS of students are WHITE of students are UNDER 25
  16. Awards by Gender Enrollment by Gender Awards by Gender 16

  17. Thirty-nine percent of first-time, full-time students graduate within three years.

    Iowa’s graduation rate hardily exceeds the national rate in all demographic subgroups. There is still a disparity between the graduation rate for whites and minorities in Iowa. Graduation Rate 17 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% American Indian Asian Black Hispanic White Male Female Iowa National
  18. The average time to degree for all students is 2.4

    years. Only whites are in line with the state average. Blacks and Hispanics, the two largest minority groups, graduate in 2.6 and 2.7 years, respectively. Time to Degree by Race 18
  19. Fifty-three percent of all community college students graduate or transfer

    within three years. White students have the highest success rate (55.2%), followed by Asians (47.6%), American Indian (45.2%), black (37.9%), and Hispanic (37.5%). Success Rate 19 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% American Indian Asian Black Hispanic White Male Female
  20. College parallel, as in previous years, is the largest program

    type. Most of these students continue onto a 4-year institution after leaving the college. CTE is the second largest with 31 percent of enrollment. Program Types 20
  21. CTE Majors 21

  22. Awards by Major 22

  23. Wages by Major: 2008 23 $0 $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000

    $25,000 $30,000 $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 Transportation STEM Marketing Manufacturing Law IT Human Services Hospitality Health Government Finance Education Construction Business Arts/Comm Agriculture Completers Leavers
  24. Returns by Major 24

  25. None
  26. None
  27. Non-credit enrollment grew 2.8 percent to 297,055 in fiscal year

    2009. Non-credit Enrollment 27
  28. Enrollment in adult literacy declined 3.4 percent to 28,014 students.

    Adult Literacy Enrollment 28 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  29. In 2008, 361 students indicated they wished to enter employment

    after completing an adult literacy program. Eighty-two percent of those students successfully entered employment upon completion. Enter Employment 29
  30. In 2008, 411 adult literacy students indicated intent to transition

    to postsecondary education. Seventy-two percent of those students transitioned into a credit or noncredit program at a postsecondary institution. Postsecondary Education 30