Community College Performance
Note: The following is a representation of the Performance Measurement outcomes for the State College segment as a whole. Where appropriate and useful, we provide institution-level summaries. For additional information regarding the indicator methodologies and details, please refer to the Community College Technical Guide.
Section I: Access to Public Higher Education in Massachusetts
Over the last three years fall headcount enrollment has increased 5.1%. Four colleges had relatively flat growth, ten colleges showed in increase, and one college declined.
Over the last three years fall FTE enrollment has increased 5.6%. Four colleges had relatively flat growth, nine colleges showed in increase, and two colleges declined.
Over the last three years annual headcount enrollment has increased 5 percentage points. Two colleges had relatively flat growth, twelve colleges showed in increase, and one college declined.
Over the last three years annual FTE enrollment has increased 5.7 percentage points. Five colleges had relatively flat growth, nine colleges showed in increase, and one college declined.
Looking Back: Fall and Annual Headcount Enrollment
Fall 2007 Minority Enrollment
The Community College minority representation is more than ten percentage points higher than the Commonwealth’s minority composition of 16.1% (based on adults 18 and over).13 of the 15 colleges had minority representation that was comparable to or greater than that of their primary draw cities and towns. 14 of the 15 colleges had minority representation that was comparable to or greater than that of their geographic regions.
Section II: Affordability of Massachusetts Community Colleges
2007–2008 Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income
% of Median Family Income
The Community College segment was comparable to the Northeast regional average of 4.9%. All colleges were within one percentage point of the Northeast regional average.
Looking Back: Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income
|Massachusetts Community Colleges' Average Tuition and Fees||$3,265||$3,380||$3,477||$3,526||$3,661|
|Massachusetts Median Family Income||$67,527||$68,701||$71,655||$74,463||$78,497|
|Massachusetts Community Colleges' Average Tuition and Fees as a Percent of State Median Family Income||4.8%||4.9%||4.9%||4.7%||4.7%|
|Northeast Average Tuition and Fees||$2,971||$3,063||$3,294||$3,428|
|Northeast Median Family Income||$62,052||$64,147||$66,601||$70,423|
|Northeast Average Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Northeast Median Family Income||4.8%||4.8%||4.9%||4.9%|
Section III: Student Success and Academic Quality
Success and Quality Indicators
|Retained at original institution||56.6%|
|Retained at any institution||65.3%|
Fall Cohort First-Year Persistence
The Community College segmental retained at original institution rate has remained relatively stable over the last three years. Eleven of the fifteen colleges had relatively stable or increasing retention rates over the last three years.
The DHE now reports the percent of community college students who enroll at any institution the fall after initial enrollment because transfer is key aspect of the community college mission. Approximately 8.8% of the 2006 cohort enrolled at an institution other than their original in fall 2007.
Looking Back: Fall-to-Fall First-Year Persistence Rate
Fall 2003 Cohort Four-Year Overall Success Rate
|Earned 30 Credits||20.0%|
|Note: Each subsequent category excludes any student included in previous category(ies)|
Fall Cohort Four-Year Overall Success Rate
This new indicator measures students who have earned a degree/certificate, transferred to another institution, earned 30 or more credits, or are still enrolled after four years. Future reports will include these outcomes over four, five, and six years for this and successive cohorts. Please see the Technical Guide for further details regarding this indicator.
2007–2008 Fall-to-Spring Retention Rate
Fall-to-Spring Retention Rate
The Community College segmental fall-to spring retention rate has remained relatively stable over the last three years. 13 of the 15 colleges had relatively stable or increasing retention rates over the last three years.
FY2008 Credit Course Completion Rate
The Community College segmental completion rate was above the Board of Higher Education’s target rate of 75%. 13 of the 15 colleges had rates that were comparable to or higher than the target.
Total Degrees Conferred in FY2008
• Average degrees conferred per year over the last three years: 10,474. All 15 colleges conferred degrees at a level comparable to or above their three-year average.
Looking Back: Degrees Conferred
2007 Pass Rate on the National Nursing Licensure Examination
Nursing Exam Pass Rate
The Community College segment’s nursing licensure pass rate was comparable to the Board of Higher Education’s target pass rate of 85%. Ten of 15 colleges had pass rates comparable to or above 85%.
Looking Back: Nursing Exam Pass Rate
FY2008 Annual Enrollment in Workforce Development Courses
Average Annual Enrollment in workforce development courses per year over the last three years: 87,848. 12 of the 15 colleges had an enrollment total comparable to or above their three-year average.
Section IV: Effective and Efficient Use of Resources
Effectiveness and Efficiency Indicators
Findings of the FY2008 Independent Financial Audits
All 15 community colleges had unqualified audits with no material weaknesses.
The Board of Higher Education requires that all audits are unqualified with no significant findings.
Primary Reserve Ratio
None of the community colleges had a Primary Reserve Ratio comparable to the advisable level of reserves.
Private Funds Raised in FY2008
Community Colleges raised slightly less in FY2008 than in FY2007. However, this is the second highest total raised in the last seven years.