At least half of community college faculty say their institution is doing a good job in five areas supporting improvement of student completion rates, according to a survey conducted for the League for Innovation’s Faculty Voices Project and fielded by Public Agenda. The fall 2017 survey was conducted among U.S. community college faculty to gain insight into faculty perceptions about efforts at their colleges to increase the percentage of students who complete. Completion was defined in the survey as students who “earn a certificate or degree or transfer.” Of the 1,179 respondents, 782 were full-time and 397 were part-time community college faculty.

The graphs on these pages illustrate responses to questions about how well faculty think their college is doing in:

a. engaging faculty in decision making around completion efforts;

b. planning thoroughly for successful implementation of completion efforts;

c. supporting coordination and collaboration among completion efforts;

d. providing sufficient time and resources for full implementation and evaluation of impact; and

e. adequately preparing faculty to fulfill their roles in completion efforts.

In all cases, half or slightly more than half of the total number of respondents indicated their college was doing a “very good job” or “somewhat good job.” 

Complete information about the survey and methodology, as well as topline data for all survey items, is available at Responses reported here are from QE4a-4e.

How well do you think your college does at: 

a. Including faculty in decisions about how to increase the percentage of students who earn a certificate or degree or transfer?

b. Planning the support and resources that are needed to ensure that initiatives to increase the percentage of students who earn a certificate or degree or transfer are implemented successfully?

c. Ensuring that all the initiatives to increase the percentage of students who complete are coordinated and work together?

d. Ensuring that initiatives to increase the percentage of students who complete are supported long enough to have an impact?

e. Ensuring that faculty are prepared to efficiently carry out initiatives to increase the percentage of students who complete?


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