ACC’s Office of Institutional Research & Analytics (OIRA) kicked off the Data Deep Dive series on Tuesday, April 9. The first webinar in the series discussed ACC’s North Star — a 70 percent student completion rate by 2030. 

More than 400 employees joined the webinar and asked over 100 questions in the live Q&A. 

About the North Star

As part of ACC’s new Theory of Change, the college aims to reach a 70 percent completion rate by 2030 — our new North Star. The college’s current completion rate is 46 percent. The figure represents completions for first-time-in-college (FTIC) students who graduate, complete an award, or transfer to another institution of higher education within three years. 

Some of the key takeaways shared during the session include:

  • Full-time students have a higher completion rate than part-time students, 56% compared to 40%.
  • Historically, ACC focused on the full-time student graduation rate tracked by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
  • The THECB rate has a less inclusive focus as it only considers full-time students and only includes degrees and certificates.
  • There are institutional gaps in completion rates among race and ethnicity groups, but female and male students have similar completion rates.
  • ACC has seen a dramatic increase in THECB graduation rate from 7% for the 2015 FTIC cohort to 22% for the 2020 FTIC cohort.
  • Median wages for ACC graduates have increased over time at one-year, three-years, and five-years post-completion.

You can click here to view more details from the webinar or to watch the recording. 

OIRA will continue its Deep Dive series over the coming weeks. 

Visit for more information on the sessions and to find links to join or watch recordings. Attendees can receive professional development credit for attending.