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Increasing demand for at least some postsecondary education in today's labor market has met with stagnating college completion rates. As a result, states have a growing interest in better understanding the challenges to improving graduation rates and in tracking student progress and success. Six states in the "Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count" initiative--Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia--have designed and tested a more complete and accurate way of measuring community college student performance and success than the current federal reporting requirements. This policy brief describes this new approach and compares it to the current federal system, highlights key findings from the pilot testing process and the links between state policies and the varying state results, and identifies the group's priorities for further refining the new measures and related benchmarks. The following appendixes are included: (1) Descriptive Data; (2) Summary of Results on Success; (3) Supplemental Summary Data on Transfer; (4) Florida Outcomes, by Enrollment Status and Age; (5) Six-Year Outcomes, by Age and College Readiness, Florida and Texas; and (6) Methodology for Cross-State Cohort Analysis of Community College System Outcomes. (Contains 2 tables, 9 figures, and 9 endnotes.)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduation Rate, Outcomes of Education, Comparative Analysis, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation, Educational Policy, Two Year College Students, Transfer Policy, Age Differences, Racial Differences, Access to Education

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Author: Jobs for the Future

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