Iowa Community College Program Outcomes
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These studies explore education and employment outcomes through a partnership between the Iowa Department of Education and Iowa Workforce Development. This partnership is enhanced through a grant received from the Department of Labor's Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI).The data contained in these studies is used to answer questions regarding student success in education (completion and transfer), employment rates, earning levels, and industries of employment. It documents the educational and employment outcomes of students completing community college certificate, diploma, associate degree, and non-credit programs, as well as students who left Iowa community colleges without completing a program, and includes the number of awards, time-to-degree, retention, migration, transfer to four year institutions, employment and wages, career clusters, career pathways, and earned credit hours, both on state-wide, specific college, and specific program of completion levels. The system follows graduates longitudinally, which allows the analysis of trends in education and career pathways of Iowa community college credit and non-credit program completers and program leavers.
Iowa Community College Program Outcomes Interactive Charts
The Iowa Student Outcomes community college data documents the educational and employment outcomes of students completing community college certificate, diploma and associate degree programs, including the number of awards, time-to-degree, retention, migration, transfer to four-year institutions, employment and wages, career clusters and career pathways. Explore the information and interactive data.
Credit Program Outcomes
The Iowa Community Colleges Statewide report documents the educational and employment outcomes of students completing community college certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs, including the number of awards, time-to-degree, retention, migration, transfer to four year institutions, employment and wages, career clusters, and career pathways.
Noncredit Program Outcomes
This groundbreaking Iowa Community Colleges: Noncredit Career and Technical Education (CTE) Employment Outcomes Report, provides information about community college noncredit program completion, student retention, in- and out-of-state migration, employment and wages, career cluster to industry mapping, and in-demand occupational analysis for those who completed community college CTE noncredit programs.
Last Dollar Scholarship
The Last Dollar Scholarship (LDS) Program set out to transform the future for Iowans by preparing them for careers in high-demand fields while helping businesses address Iowa's skilled worker shortage. This annual report provides quantitative results comparing students who received the LDS with those students who did not in the first two years of enrollment. These findings can inform community colleges and stakeholders in order to improve the LDS Program to ensure it continues to help more Iowans launch rewarding careers while reducing Iowa's workforce shortage.
- Last Dollar Scholarship Report - Iowa Community Colleges - COMING IN MAY
- LDS Employment & Wage Data Tables, AY2019-2020 - COMING IN MAY
- LDS-Eligible Occupation & Program List, AY2019-2020 - AY2020-2021 - COMING IN MAY
Exploring the "Black Box" of Noncredit Community College Education
In this brief, insights into noncredit community college education across all of Iowa’s noncredit offerings are mapped to noncredit categories to established noncredit course typology. UNC and Baylor Universities compared Iowa’s noncredit enrollment distribution across the national sample of 33 states and summarized the analysis of predictors of noncredit outcomes (the number of noncredit completions, noncredit contact hours).
Exploring the "Black Box" of Noncredit Community College Education, research brief (UNC & Baylor University) – September 2020
This report can be found in Career and Technical Education Research Journal (Volume 45, Number 2 - September 2020) and is available for purchase.
Completer/Leaver Comparative Analysis
A statewide analysis of the impact of accumulated credit hours, program of study, and the industry of employment on success in the workforce for Iowa community college students who completed or left their community college program within academic year 2015–2016 (AY 15–16).
Education in Correctional Facilities
The Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Corrections and Iowa Workforce Development, recently released a report about education in Iowa's state correctional facilities. The data focuses on individuals who were released from incarceration in 2018 and had enrolled in credit and/or noncredit community college programs from 2012–2018. Findings support tangible benefits to these individuals who saw post-release success in employment and decreased recidivism rates.