Report roundup

By AACC 21st Century Center Staff

A monthly roundup of reports of interest to the community college sector.

Here are three reports to check out this month.

  1. Far fewer college students transferred to other institutions over the past year mainly a result of declining college enrollments, and community college students again saw the biggest drops, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center. Overall transfer enrollment is down -7.9% this spring, nearly four times more than last spring. Transfer enrollment declines are especially steep in the community college sector, which saw a -15.2% drop. Transfer enrollments at public four-year colleges remain stable compared to last spring. Upward transfers were the only transfer path to see increases this spring over pre-pandemic levels, the report said. Community college students transferring to a four-year institution without first earning an associate degree increased 7.4% this spring, representing an 11.4-percentage swing from last year’s drop of -4.1%.
  2. The annual compensation survey by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) indicates that, overall, average full-time faculty salaries among surveyed U.S. colleges and universities increased 1% over the past year, which is the smallest increase since AAUP began tracking the measure in 1972. After adjusting for inflation, the result was a -0.4% decrease. For associate-degree-granting institutions with faculty ranking systems, average salaries increased 1.7%, an increase of 0.3% in real terms. For the same type of institutions without standard faculty ranking systems, average salaries decreased -2.7%, a decrease of -4.1% after adjusting for inflation. Full-time professors at associate-degree colleges earned, on average, $91,196 (-0.8%), associates $75,550 (0.9%), assistants $64,823 (1.3%) and instructors $54,547 (1.2%). Lecturers earned $68,641.
  3. Public two-year colleges represent 41% of the nation’s 569 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), which have almost doubled in number over the last 10 years, according to Excelencia in Education. In a new fact sheet, Excelencia points to the role HSIs play in higher education, including that HSIs represent 18% of all U.S. colleges and universities and two-thirds of undergraduate Latinos are enrolled at an HSI. Almost half of students enrolled at HSIs (46%) are Latino. There also are 362 emerging HSIs (or eHSIs) which represent 12% of all U.S. higher education institutions. Among eHSIs, 28% are public two-year colleges.
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