Data: Iowa’s community colleges have low retention

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Statistics show fewer students return for a second year at Iowa’s community colleges than in other Midwestern states.

Iowa’s retention rate of 49.9 percent also is lower than the national average. Federal data from 2010 shows Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin have higher rates.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1e8KYhx ) Iowa’s 15 community colleges have implemented new programs in recent years to boost retention. Those results have been mixed.

Data from Iowa Workforce Development shows only a third of the state’s adults qualify for the growing number of jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.

Robert Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College, says students who complete the two-year degrees have more ability to command a higher wage.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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