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ERIC Number: ED585552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 1
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Completion and Persistence. DataPoints. Volume 6, Issue 4
American Association of Community Colleges
The data above provide insight into the range of student outcomes for colleges participating in the American Association of Community Colleges's (AACC's) Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA), a national system of metrics designed by community colleges for community colleges to better describe the outcomes of their students. As the data indicate, the median completion/persistence rate (students who completed an award, transferred or were still enrolled in the sixth academic year) was nearly 60 percent for students who began full-time in fall 2010. This is in stark contrast to completion rates compiled using traditional sources to gauge student success at community colleges. For example, the federal IPEDS graduation rate for community colleges is 25.4 percent, and even when transfer and students still enrolled are factored, the rate only reaches 56 percent over the same period. However, the data also highlight the need for continued efforts to improve student success. Colleges participating in the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) have additional data (leading indicators disaggregated by critical student populations) that can create data-driven change at the institutions.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges