Student Achievement Outcomes

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Per the Higher Learning Commission policy (FDCR.A.10.070), Kirkwood posts student retention rates, completion rates, and other information related to our mission and student goals.


Student Achievement Indicators Rate Timeframe Source Method
Course retention rate 90% AY2020-2021 Institutional Data National Community College Benchmarking Program (NCCBP)
Course completer success rate 87% AY2020-2021 Institutional Data National Community College Benchmarking Program (NCCBP)
Satisfactory Academic Progress 71% AY2021 Institutional Data Last known status at end of academic year
Federal cohort first-to-second year retention rate - Full-time 65% Fall 2020 Institutional Data Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Federal cohort first-to-second year retention rate - Part-time 41% Fall 2020 Institutional Data Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Federal cohort graduation rate in 150% of normal time to completion 37% Fall 2018 Institutional Data Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Federal cohort transfer rate with graduation in 150% of normal time to completion 12% Fall 2018 Institutional Data Modified Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Federal cohort transfer rate without graduation in 150% of normal time to completion 9% Fall 2018 Institutional Data Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
Employment rate one year following graduation 93% AY2019-2020 Iowa Department of Education Iowa Community College Program Outcomes
Federal cohort loan default rate (CDR) 12% FY2018 U.S. Department of Education Offical Cohort Default Rate

NOTE: This information is updated annually in June.

Any concerns or questions regarding Title IX compliance can be directed to Jon Buse, vice president, Student Services, at Jon.Buse@kirkwood.edu.

Inquiries in regard to data, definitions, or statistics can be directed to Cort Iverson, director of Institutional Research, at Cort.Iverson@kirkwood.edu.