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Colorado Community College System Overview October 2005 CCCS Role and Mission Two-year colleges Primarily serve Colorado residents Offer a broad range of programs CCCS Role and Mission Open Access : Impose no admission requirements upon any student

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Colorado Community College System


October 2005

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CCCS Role and Mission

  • Two-year colleges

  • Primarily serve Colorado residents

  • Offer a broad range of programs

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CCCS Role and Mission

  • Open Access: Impose no admission requirements upon any student

  • Career and Technical Education: Provide educational programs to fill the occupational needs of youth and adults in technical and vocational fields

  • Transfer: Provide 2-year transfer educational programs to qualify students for admission to the junior year at other colleges and universities

  • Basic skills (Remedial Education)

  • Workforce development

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Colorado Community College System

  • The largest system of higher education in Colorado

  • In FY 2005, over 116,000 students (unduplicated headcount) were enrolled at our 13 colleges, and were served at over 50 locations and on-line

  • On a full-time-equivalent (FTE) basis, the system has 46,686 student FTE. This makes community colleges the #1 higher education system in the state.

  • Over 8,400 certificates and degrees were awarded.

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Enrollment Growth

  • Between FY 2002 and FY 2004, FTE enrollment in the Colorado Community College System grew by 17%.

  • In FY 2004-05, student FTE enrollment grew 0.2%.

  • As the economy improves, students tend to leave the community college system as they return to full-time jobs.

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CCCS Student Profile

  • 96% are Colorado residents. This is a direct result of our mission.

  • 51% are working either full- or part-time.

  • 8% have already earned a baccalaureate degree or higher.

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27% of CCCS Students are minorities; 45% of the minority population in higher education is in Community Colleges

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A Disproportionate Share of Our Students are Female population in higher education is in Community Colleges

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While Nearly Half of CCCS Students are Under the Age of 25, the Average Age of a Student is 29 Years Old

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National Trends Show that Postsecondary Students are Increasingly Nontraditional

  • 46% of students are delayed entering the higher education system

  • 39% are over 25 years old

  • 22% attend higher education institutions part-time

  • 39% are working adults

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Tuition Increasingly Nontraditional

  • In FY 2005, half of CCCS revenue was from tuition, up dramatically from FY 2000.

  • FY 2005-06 general CCCS tuition for resident students is $72.75 per credit hour, after the state’s contribution. Non-resident tuition was $345.15 per credit hour at commuter campuses and $276.10 at residential campuses.

  • Tuition increases have been low during the past four years, for a total increase of 21% since FY 2001-02.

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Community College Students and Financial Aid Increasingly Nontraditional

  • CCCS serves a large percentage of the students with the highest financial need in the state

  • CCCS students are often first-generation, minority, and/or low-income individuals for whom access to education is an issue

  • Need-based aid is an important means by which many students, especially from low-income households, gain access to a college education

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CCCS Students Who Transfer Perform Well Increasingly Nontraditional

  • Many of our community college students transfer to other colleges and universities each year

  • According to a study by the University of Colorado System, our transfer students perform as well at CU campuses as students who began at CU or transferred from other (mostly 4-year) institutions

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Career and Technical Education Increasingly Nontraditional

  • CCCS is unique in the country in having program authority over both secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs

  • CCCS administers almost $20 million from the Colorado Vocational Act (CVA), and over $17 million from the federal Carl D. Perkins Act

  • CCCS’s unique program authority allows it to coordinate both secondary and postsecondary career and technical education

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Graduate Employment Increasingly Nontraditional

  • 94% of CCCS career and technical education graduates contacted were employed and/or continuing their education

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Workforce Development Increasingly Nontraditional

  • CCCS is responsible for the Colorado First and Existing Industry customized training programs

    • Colorado First provides training to new and expanding companies for new hires

    • The Existing Industry Program provides skills retraining to retain existing companies facing technological challenges in maintaining competitiveness, or who are in danger of reducing their workforce

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Workforce Development Increasingly Nontraditional

  • In FY 2004, the Colorado First Program helped 20 companies that created 947 new jobs. State investment = $448,074

  • In FY 2004, the Existing Industries Program retrained 3,740 Coloradans, and $1.5 million of state funds leveraged an additional $3.7 million in matching funds by companies.

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Faculty Increasingly Nontraditional

  • Total CCCS Faculty = 4,610

    • Full-time = 923 (20%)

    • Part-time = 3,687 (80%)

  • Average full-time CCCS faculty salary = $41,592

  • National Average for 2-year faculty = $51,000