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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, 2018
Since 2012, community colleges have made a considerable effort to increase student success and completion. Today, as much greater attention is being paid to drawing stronger linkages between education and workforce needs, institutions are becoming more strategic and deliberate in this work. In particular, many institutions are building stronger…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Role, Two Year College Students, College Readiness
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
Fall-to-fall retention and persistence are important early indicators for students working toward degrees and certificates. Data examined by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center indicated that the overall rate for students who began at a community college in fall 2016 and persisted the next fall (enrolled in the same college or…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Two Year College Students, Minority Group Students, School Holding Power
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
Incarcerated individuals have lower educational attainment than the general population, but education plays an important part in their re-entry into society. Prison education has shown to increase the likelihood of employment upon release and reduced recidivism. With about 1.5 million incarcerated individuals in state and federal prisons, and…
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Grants, Institutionalized Persons, Correctional Institutions
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
Community colleges enroll a diverse population of military-affiliated students, including those still on active duty, reservists and veterans. According to 2015-16 federal data, student veterans accounted for about 4.8 percent of community college students, active-duty military students another 1.5 percent and reservists comprised 0.1 percent,…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Veterans Education
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
Average salaries of full-time STEM workers with some college education was 26 percent higher than non-STEM workers with a similar education, according to a recent analysis by the Pew Research Center of Census data on the STEM workforce from 1990 to 2016. Health-related occupations had the largest concentration of women in STEM jobs. Of the nine…
Descriptors: Employed Women, Females, Educational Attainment, Occupations
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
Community colleges have seen decreases in enrollment since their peak enrollment in 2010. One principle source of new students attending community colleges is high school graduates continuing on to community colleges upon graduation. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics indicate that the actual and projected number of high school…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, High School Graduates, College Attendance, College Bound Students
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
According to "The Future of Undergraduate Education" report, about 17 million students are enrolled in 4,700 college and university programs every fall. Forty-nine percent of all credentials earned are bachelor's degrees, 26 percent are associate degrees and another 25 percent are certificates. In the U.S., students can tap several…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, College Graduates, Debt (Financial), Educational Indicators
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
According to a new study by the American Council on Education (ACE), post-traditional learners are individuals with diverse life experiences, defining them as "individuals already in the workforce who lack a postsecondary credential, yet are determined to pursue further knowledge and skills while balancing work, life and education…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Characteristics, Nontraditional Students, Alignment (Education)
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
Millennials, who account for 75.3 million people in the U.S., are more racially and ethnically diverse than any prior generation. Their racial and ethnic breakdown is 56 percent white, 21 percent Hispanic, 14 percent black, 6 percent Asian and 3 percent other. Highlighting this changing ethnic makeup, between 2000 and 2015 the U.S. population ages…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Student Characteristics, Generational Differences, Racial Distribution
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
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…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Academic Persistence, Community Colleges, College Outcomes Assessment
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
According to data recently released by the National Center for Education Statistics, most adults in the workforce (58 percent) either have a postsecondary degree or some other form of workforce credential, including postsecondary certificates, occupational licenses or occupational certifications. This is higher than the 45 percent of adult workers…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Adults, Educational Attainment, Credentials
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
Community colleges serve a diverse student population. In recent years, enrollment of students who are non-white has surpassed the enrollment of white students. The data above suggest that the same level of diversity is not reflected in the staff at community colleges. Based on data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS),…
Descriptors: Diversity (Faculty), Diversity (Institutional), Community Colleges, Racial Discrimination
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
Over a decade and a half, community college enrollment for part-time students who are younger than 18 has more than doubled, jumping from 287,000 in 2001, to more than 635,000 by 2015 -- an increase of 122 percent. By contrast, total enrollment in community colleges only increased by 14 percent over the same period. Of particular note, this…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Enrollment Rate, Community Colleges
American Association of Community Colleges, 2018
College presidential transitions are inevitable. A successful transition, as measured by: (1) an effective and orderly transfer of executive authority and influence between the outgoing and incoming chief executives, along with; (2) the continued advancement of the college, can never be guaranteed. Conceiving, developing, and managing a deliberate…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Presidents, College Administration, Planning
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