Jason Taylor, Ph.D., and Melissa Whatley, Ph.D., explore credential completion and transfer outcomes at NC community colleges using IPEDS Outcome Measures
This report used data from a relatively new IPEDS survey, the Outcome Measures (OM) survey, to explore long-term credential and transfer outcomes at North Carolina’s community colleges.
- More than half (55%) of entering North Carolina community college students either completed a community college credential (30%), transferred (24%), or were still enrolled (1%) within eight years.
- Pell recipients, part-time students, and FTIC students had lower overall rates of transfer or credential completion. These differences, especially regarding Pell recipient status, suggest equity gaps in the outcomes of North Carolina’s community college students.
- Non-FTIC students (i.e., students who transferred into the community college) had higher transfer rates than completion rates, suggesting that community college students may transfer more than once as they pursue their postsecondary career.