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 Community Colleges Statewide Program Outcomes interactive charts and data sets display the educational and employment outcomes of students completing community college certificate, diploma, and associate degree programs, non-credit career and technical education programs, and employment outcomes of students who left credit programs without completion. Click on the chart to the left to get started.
Credit Program Outcomes
Iowa Community Colleges Credit Education Outcomes AY 2012 to AY 2016
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.
Non-Credit Program Outcomes
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.
Iowa's Community Colleges: Noncredit Career & Technical Education Employment Outcome Report – September 2018
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.
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.