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The State of Iowa Valley Community College District


February 3, 2011
By Chancellor Chris Duree
The start of a new year always brings the state of the nation and state of the state addresses from our executive legislative branches of government. With that theme in mind, I present a snapshot of the state of Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) using the most current data available to reaffirm that we are on target with our mission and commitment to provide quality learning experiences, ensure student success, respond to diverse community needs, and build community partnerships.

Providing quality learning experiences: We use two different surveys to gauge student satisfaction with their entire educational experience: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and the Perkins annual survey. In 2010, the CCSSE results revealed that 84% of the students surveyed rated their experience as “excellent” or “good,” and 90% would recommend the college to a family member or friend. The Perkins results indicated that slightly more than 91% of students rated their satisfaction with their academic program as “very satisfied” or “satisfied.”

Ensuring student success: The Iowa Department of Education measures student success by tracking students who graduate or transfer to a four-year institution. In the latest Condition of Iowa’s Community College Report, Iowa Valley Community College District was ranked fourth out of the fifteen Iowa community colleges in graduation success rates, with 460 degrees, diplomas and certificates being awarded last spring.

Responding to diverse community needs: Marshalltown Community College, Ellsworth Community College and Iowa Valley Grinnell served 4,595 students; 1,217 high school students earned college credit through dual credit coursework; and 1,769 students successfully completed at least one course delivered online. Iowa Valley Continuing Education programs served 11,732 total participants; awarded 165 graduate equivalent diplomas (GED); offered English as a Second Language to 467 students, and served 70 local businesses.

Building community partnerships: IVCCD faculty and staff contracted educational offerings to 27 K-12 school districts, co-sponsored the Marshalltown Education Partnership program, offered specialized training to 70 area businesses, participated in the Mid-Iowa Growth Partnership and Iowa Innovation Gateway, and served on local boards and in a plethora of service organizations.

In short, yes, we achieved our mission thanks to outstanding employees committed to continuous quality improvement. I offer heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to our success and supported IVCCD in 2010. However, our work is never finished. Our stakeholders may rest assured that our charge is to be even better in 2011.

Editor’s Note: Dr. Chris Duree is Chancellor of Iowa Valley Community College District.

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