Outcomes of Competency-Based Education in Community Colleges: Summative Findings from the Evaluation of a TAACCCT Grant
U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
- Consortium-wide, 35 percent of participants completed a grant-funded program of study, including IT industry certification preparatory courses, college certificates, and associate’s degrees.
- Participants completed programs quickly, taking, on average, less than two terms to complete their first industry certification preparatory course and approximately four terms to complete certificates and degrees.
- Participants’ employment rates started and remained high, and wages for employed participants increased after program enrollment at a higher rate than the national average.
- Gatekeeper course completion rates were slightly lower for participants than for comparison students while, differences in participants’ and nonparticipants’ credential completion rates varied by college and may reflect unobservable differences between the groups.