More undergraduates are enrolled in community colleges than in any other postsecondary sector, but enrollment has declined after peaking in fall 2010.
Over 60 percent of community college students attend part time, yet many measures of progress and success are limited to full-time students.
Six-year completion rates provide a realistic time frame for students who enroll part time, who are not enrolled continuously, or who require developmental education.
Preparing students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions has long been a primary mission of community colleges, yet there is no widely accepted standard measure of transfer.
As colleges evolve to serve new missions, the very definition of community college is changing.
There are two primary sources of employment data for former community college students—administrative records and surveys—each of which has its advantages and disadvantages.
In this era of proliferating accountability and completion efforts, The Completion Arch provides a central resource to connect numerous initiatives, data, and metrics within one framework.