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American Association of Community Colleges, 2017
In fall 2015, U.S community colleges enrolled about 7.2 million for-credit students. During the same year, community colleges awarded 806,766 associate degrees and 516,820 certificates. The new Humanities Indicators report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences shows a significant increase in associate degrees awarded in the humanities,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Associate Degrees, Minority Group Students, Graduation Rate
Mullin, Christopher M. – American Association of Community Colleges, 2017
In policy circles, the first question of the year often relates to college enrollment. Most common is the question: "Are you up or down in enrollment?" More often than not, the enrollment question may be answered in terms of full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment. While the answer does have programmatic implications, the initial interest…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Enrollment Rate, Full Time Equivalency
American Association of Community Colleges, 2017
The median weekly earnings for individuals age 25 and older who worked full time and had less than a high school diploma was $504 in 2016 (approximately $26,200 per year), compared to $819 (approximately $42,600 per year) for individuals with an associate degree. Data show that more education not only leads to higher earnings but also to lower…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Educational Benefits, Salary Wage Differentials, Employment Opportunities
American Association of Community Colleges, 2017
States' use of postsecondary performance-based funding is intended to encourage colleges to improve student outcomes. The model relies on indicators such as course completion, time to degree, transfer rates, number of credentials awarded and the number of low-income and minority graduates served. Currently, 21 states use performance-based funding…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Trend Analysis, Postsecondary Education, State Policy
Phillippe, Kent A. – American Association of Community Colleges, 2016
In 2015, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) conducted a survey of community college chief executive officers (CEOs) to collect their opinions on current issues, and gather information on their compensation. This report provides the results from this survey. The AACC CEO Survey was sent to 960 public community college presidents.…
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Community Colleges, College Presidents, Administrator Surveys
American Association of Community Colleges, 2016
With the national spotlight on community colleges, the sector has a unique opportunity to seize the moment and collaborate with K-12 to increase student success. Efforts to increase community college access and open doors to more students must include a complementary focus on improving readiness. Otherwise, remediation rates will remain…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Community Colleges, Elementary Secondary Education, College Role
Juszkiewicz, Jolanta – American Association of Community Colleges, 2015
This is the second of a series of reports on trends in national community college enrollments. National community college enrollments continue to decrease, with variations at the state and local levels. The report also examines completion rates published by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) based on institutional level reporting, and those…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Community Colleges, Enrollment Trends, Statistical Data
Juszkiewicz, Jolanta – American Association of Community Colleges, 2014
National community college enrollments continue to decrease. Given the importance of these trends to American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) member institutions--understanding that local changes are ultimately what matters--AACC is providing this report to discuss some of the latest data. It also examines the completion rates that were…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Enrollment, Graduation Rate, Enrollment Trends
Juszkiewicz, Jolanta – American Association of Community Colleges, 2014
The federal government plays an indispensable role in helping community college students pay for their education. It is hard to imagine today's community college campuses without needs-based federal student aid, such as the Pell Grant program and subsidized loans. There are, however, significant differences between community college students and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid
Mullin, Christopher M.; Phillippe, Kent – American Association of Community Colleges, 2013
America's community colleges are the brokers of opportunity for a stronger middle class and more prosperous nation. The value of community colleges has repeatedly been detailed in broad brushstrokes. While these broad-brush pictures of the community college contribution are important, the community college is an intricate institution offering…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Force Development, Job Skills, Wages
Mullin, Christopher M.; Phillippe, Kent – American Association of Community Colleges, 2013
This executive summary provides background information on unemployment rates, the need for new jobs, and the role community colleges have in securing opportunities for a stronger middle class and more prosperous nation. The summary is the introduction to the "Community College Contributions. Policy Brief 2013-01PB." [For the full report,…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Labor Force Development, Job Skills, Wages
American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2012
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), with funding from The Atlantic Philanthropies, created the Plus 50 Initiative (2008-2012). This initiative was designed to build the capacity of community colleges nationwide to develop programming that engages the plus 50 learner. This report contains: (1) An overview of the Plus 50…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Exhibits, Evaluation, Two Year Colleges
Mullin, Christopher M. – American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2012
While enrollments continue to increase, there is the concern, among some, that a focus on completion has the potential to influence just who is allowed to take advantage of educational opportunities. In policy conversations, especially those concerned with policies related to access and choice, there is a silent movement to redirect educational…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Enrollment Rate, Educational Attainment, Access to Education
Baime, David S.; Mullin, Christopher M. – American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2012
In recent months, some legislators, government agency officials, segments of the media, and campus administrators have called attention to perceived and proven instances of abuse of the federal student financial assistance programs. Concerns have focused on students enrolling in courses primarily to secure student financial aid funds rather than…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Grants, Federal Aid, Deception
Mullin, Christopher M. – American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2012
Time is a core unit of human capital. With only 24 hours in a day, the way people choose to spend their time is an indication of what they value and the constraints under which they operate. In the higher education context, time-to-degree is a key element of higher education analysis, particularly at a time of constrained resources and a growing…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, Community Colleges, College Students, Low Income Groups
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