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Budget pressure is forcing many community colleges to ask:  How many programs should we offer?  To help your institution answer this question, we completed a preliminary analysis of the number of students per program for all public 2-year institutions and compared each college's results with national norms.  What did we find?

  • Nationally, 10% of programs generated 60% of total completions.1
  • 53% of programs generated just 9% of completions.

To find out how your institution compares to the national averages, select your institution here.  Please keep in mind that the charts display completions; each year, the average community college has 8.1 students enrolled per completion.


1.Source:  Gray Associates analysis of the 2015 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey.


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