Magazine article University Business

Tracking Community College Trends

Magazine article University Business

Tracking Community College Trends

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Because community colleges serve such a diverse population and face unique challenges separate from their four-year peers, it's important to monitor and analyze trends specific to these institutions. A recent policy brief from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) does just that, giving a 20-year overview of trends in educational attainment.

A significant portion of the research zeroed in on race as an indicator of increased success. Christopher Mullin, program director for policy analysis at AACC, says, "Our community colleges cover almost every square inch of the country. I think it's encouraging to see that there's a larger percent increase for all students of color as compared to white students to show there's a ramping up of [enrollment of] these students."

Students of color--especially Hispanics--had significant increases in earned credentials, enrollment, and associate degree attainment. From 1989-1990 through 2009-2010, degree attainment by this group increased a whopping 383 percent; among white students, that increase was 52 percent.

Another issue for campus leaders involves tracking transfers. Mullin points to research on transfer credit acceptance. …

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