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ERIC Number: ED647448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2023-Jan-15
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
[MCCS First-Generation Enrollment Report 2022]
Maine Community College System
The Maine Community College System is providing this letter in accordance with 20-A MRSA §10013. This law requires the Maine Community College System (MCCS), University of Maine System (UMS), and Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) to provide the following information about first-generation college students by January 15th of each year: (1) Data regarding enrollment of first-generation college students and educational outcomes, including graduation rates for first-generation college students compared with other college students; (2) A summary of strategies used, and activities undertaken to increase enrollment and graduation rates of first-generation college students and any available data indicating the effect of those strategies and activities; and (3) Plans for or recommendations regarding new strategies or actions designed to increase enrollment and graduation rates of first-generation college students. This report details three-year outcomes (150% time to completion) for first-generation college students who entered a Maine community college in the fall semester, 2016-2019. The data captures graduation, transfer, and still-enrolled rates using methods consistent with National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reporting. Beginning with the Spring 2020 semester, COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our students' ability to persist and complete their education, especially those who are low-income, many of whom are first generation. That reality is reflected in the three- year outcomes for first-generation students who entered MCCS in the fall of 2018. Although approximately one-third of students entering two- and four-year colleges in the United States each year are first-generation (as defined by parental attainment of a bachelor's degree), that figure is nearly twice as high at Maine's community colleges where 58% of entering students meet this definition of first generation.
Maine Community College System. 323 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330. Tel: 207-629-4000; Fax: 207-629-4048; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maine Community College System (MCCS)
Identifiers - Location: Maine
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A