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Northern Essex

The mission of Northern Essex Community College (NECC) is to serve the people of the greater Merrimack Valley as a caring and comprehensive center of educational excellence that offers high-quality, affordable adult and post-secondary education through the associate's degree level, as well as a broad range of occupational programs and community services which enhance the social, cultural, and economic life of the region.

Program of Distinction
Collaborations
Access Indicators
Affordability Indicators
Student Success and Academic Quality Indicators
Fiscal Effectiveness and Efficiency Indicators

Program of Distinction

Northern Essex Community College (NECC) has joined more than 80 community colleges nationwide, including four in Massachusetts, in the national Achieving the Dream initiative. Achieving the Dream is designed to close student success gaps, particularly among low-income and minority students, by focusing attention and resources where they will have the biggest impact. Through the project, NECC aims to improve student grades, retention, graduation and transfer rates. After spending the last year rigorously analyzing data about its students' success, NECC is now implementing strategies including the creation of a mathematics laboratory, the development of modular math curriculum, a supplemental instruction program and an "EPortfolio" system for academic advising.

Collaborations

Section I: Access to Public Higher Education in Massachusetts

Access Indicators


Fall 2007 Enrollment
Headcount 6,526
FTE 3,849

Fall Enrollment

Over the last three years, fall headcount enrollment has increased 2.6%.

Over the last three years, fall full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment has increased 3.8%.


Annual 2007–2008 Enrollment
Headcount 8,831
FTE 3,839

Annual Enrollment

Over the last three years, annual headcount enrollment has remained relatively stable.

Over the last three years, annual FTE enrollment has remained relatively stable.


Looking Back: Fall and Annual Headcount Enrollment

Fall and Annual Headcount Enrollment from 2003/04 to 2007/08

Fall 2007 Minority Enrollment

29.5%

Minority Enrollment

Greater than the minority representation of the institution's primary draw cities and towns (21.7%) and the Northeast Region's minority representation of 14.5%.

Section II: Affordability of Massachusetts Community Colleges

Affordability Indicator


2007–2008 Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income

4.4%

% of Median Family Income

Comparable to the Northeast regional average of 4.9%.


Looking Back: Tuition and Fees as a Percent of Median Family Income

FY2004 FY2005 FY2006 FY2007 FY2008
Northern Essex Community College Tuition and Fees $2,970 $2,970 $3,150 $3,150 $3,420
State Median Family Income $67,527 $68,701 $71,655 $74,463 $78,497
"X" as a Percent of State Median Family Income
X = Northern Essex Community College Tuition and Fees 4.4% 4.3% 4.4% 4.2% 4.4%
X = Massachusetts Community Colleges' Average Tuition and Fees 4.8% 4.9% 4.9% 4.7% 4.7%
X = Northeast Average Tuition and Fees 4.8% 4.8% 4.9% 4.9%

Section III: Student Success and Academic Quality

Success and Quality Indicators


Fall 2006 Cohort First-Year Persistence Rate
Retained at original institution 56.1%
Retained at any institution 64.9%

Fall Cohort First-Year Persistence

Persistence at original institution has decreased 3.6 percentage points over the last three years but is comparable to the segmental average of 56.5%.


Looking Back: Fall-to-Fall First-Year Persistence Rate

Fall-to-Fall First-Year Persistence Rate from 2004 to 2006

Fall 2003 Cohort Four-Year Overall Success Rate

69%

Fall 2003 Cohort Four-Year Individual Success Rates
Earned Degree/Certificate 32.8%
Transferred 16.5%
Earned 30 Credits 16.6%
Still Enrolled 3.0%
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

92.8%

Fall-to-Spring Retention Rate

Fall-to-spring retention has remained relatively stable over the last three years.


FY2008 Credit Course Completion Rate

72.3%

Course Completion

Below the Board of Higher Education's target rate of 75%.


Total Degrees Conferred in FY2008

843

Degrees Conferred

Average degrees conferred per year over the last three years: 806


Looking Back: Degrees Conferred

Degrees Conferred From 2004 to 2008

2007 Pass Rate on the National Nursing Licensure Examination

91%

Nursing Exam Pass Rate

Above the Board of Higher Education's target pass rate of 85%.


FY2008 Annual Enrollment in Workforce Development Courses

5,291

Workforce Development

Average annual enrollment in workforce development courses per year over the last three years: 12,430

Section IV: Effective and Efficient Use of Resources

Effectiveness and Efficiency Indicators


Effective Projects and Initiatives


Resource Allocation

Expenditures per Student—Actual, National Peers, and Budget Formula

Expenditures Per Student

Note: This graphic was revised on May 6, 2009. The previously posted graphic displayed the data inaccurately.


FY2008 Primary Reserve Ratio
Unrestricted Reserves (UR) -$242,441
Total Operating Expenses (TOE) $43,118,048
Primary Reserve Ratio (UR/TOE) -0.6%

Primary Reserve Ratio

Primary Reserve Ratio

Compliance

No materials weaknesses based on annual external independent audit: