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American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) is designed as a set of appropriate measures to determine how well community colleges are serving students. Lack of commonly accepted, appropriate performance measures has often led to misperceptions and frequently an underestimation of community college effectiveness and contributions. It has also…
Descriptors: Accountability, Community Colleges, Outcomes of Education, Remedial Instruction
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" shows how median earnings for individuals with associate degrees in STEM are $60,000 and $48,000 for individuals with a certificate in STEM, compared to $53,000 for bachelor's-degree earners in humanities and $46,000 for a bachelor's degree in education.
Descriptors: Income, STEM Education, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
Based on a recent survey, this issue of "DataPoints" finds that work, expenses and family issues are the top three challenges to success cited by community college students. A breakdown of those categories shows the specific hurdles.
Descriptors: Success, Barriers, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" shows that the number of first-time associate and bachelor's degree earners has dropped in almost all age groups since 2012-13, except for the under 25 group, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The figures are consistent with trends when the economy is hot; that is, many older…
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Age Differences, Nontraditional Students
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
Federal Work-Study (FWS) funding provides opportunities for campus-based employment to students as a way to pay for their college expenses. This issue of "DataPoints" finds community colleges receive only 18 percent of Federal Work-Study funds from the $1 billion appropriated to the program.
Descriptors: Work Study Programs, Paying for College, Two Year College Students, Community Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" finds significantly fewer two-year degree students finish their degree with student loan debt than students earning credentials from for-profit or four-year institutions. About 51 percent of all students who earned an associate degree from any college in 2015-16 graduated without taking any student loans. That…
Descriptors: Two Year College Students, College Graduates, Debt (Financial), Associate Degrees
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" features data recently released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center highlighting completion and persistence patterns for different racial and ethnic groups. The data show Asian students who started at public two-year institutions have higher persistence and completion rates than any other…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Asian American Students, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
About 60 percent of polled U.S. teens ages 13 to 17 plan to attend a four-year college, with another 12 percent indicating they plan to attend a two-year college, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Others plan to work full time, join the military or attend a technical/vocational school, but 13 percent said they weren't sure what…
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Academic Aspiration, Occupational Aspiration, Postsecondary Education
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) is the principal institutional accountability and improvement framework for community colleges with measures defined to encompass the full breadth of the community college mission and the diversity of students' goals and educational experiences. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Indicators
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" shows the percent of adults by selected demographics who support or oppose free tuition at public colleges and universities. The data demonstrate that nearly three-fourths of American adults support free college tuition for those who qualify for it.
Descriptors: Tuition, Paying for College, Adults, Public Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" shows how community colleges can tap into the first and second generation of immigrants, which can potentially increase their college completion. Data on credential attainment of adults ages 25 to 64 by immigrant generation in 2017 is examined.
Descriptors: Labor Force Development, Supply and Demand, Immigrants, Educational Attainment
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
The data provided in this issue of "DataPoints" (examining the percent of public two-year college students receiving select aid types between academic years 2003-04 and 2015-16) shows that community college students were more likely to receive federal aid immediately following the Great Recession.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Student Financial Aid, Federal Aid
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" shows the distribution of STEM certificates and associate degrees by race-ethnicity, 2016-17. Many community colleges are working to increase diversity among students in STEM fields, including participation in programs such as the National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education program and other…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Certificates, Associate Degrees, Racial Differences
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" shows the percent of Pell grant recipients with any federal student loans, by control and level of institutions in the years 2003-04, 2007-08, 2011-12, and 2015-16. The data demonstrate that community college students with Pell grants are less likely to take on student debt than similar students in other…
Descriptors: Grants, Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid, Community Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, 2019
This issue of "DataPoints" shows labor participation rates of people 25 years and older by professional certification and licensing status and education attainment in 2018. The data demonstrate that individuals with a certification or professional license have higher labor market participation rates.
Descriptors: Educational Certificates, Certification, Employment Qualifications, Labor Market
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