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Graduate Profile

The Northeastern Graduate Profile examines graduates and their demographics to celebrate those who have earned an award. This profile does not follow any particular cohort, although several cohorts of students are included within this data.

The data in this report matches the 2019 Degrees Granted report filed August with the Colorado Department of Higher Education; and is also used to complete the IPEDS Completion Survey.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In academic year 2019, Northeastern awarded 680 certificates/degrees to 394 graduates.
  • Ninety-two students (92) were high school concurrent prior to graduation with six students earning awards while still in high school.
  • Of the 680 awards, 27% were Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of General Studies; 16% were Associate of Applied Science; and 57% were certificates.
  • Of the 394 graduates (completers), 47% were from the five county service area; 42% were from other areas of Colorado; and 11% were from out of state or international.
  • Forty nine percent were female; 53% were first generation; 25% were of minority race/ethnicity; and 28% were students eligible for Pell grants.

 Awards and Transfer Status

Academic year 2019 (AY 2019) consists of three semesters, Summer 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2019.  Northeastern awarded 680 certificates and degrees to 394 graduates (completers).

Of the 680 awards, 27% were Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of General Studies; 16% were Associate of Applied Science; and 57% were certificates.

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The following tables show each specific certificate or degree awarded for AY 2019 compared to the three previous years.

A.A. Degrees
  AY 2019 AY 2018 AY 2017 AY 2016
Associate of Arts-General 45 67 56 63
Anthropology DwD   1    
Art History DwD        
Business DwD 22 20 17 19
Communication DwD        
Criminal Justice DwD 3 2 1 2
Early Childhood DwD 7 2 3  
Economics DwD     1  
Elementary Education DwD 3 1 1  
English DwD 1   1  
Geography DwD        
History DwD 1 3   1
Music DwD        
Philosophy DwD 6     5
Political Science DwD        
Psychology DwD   7 3  
Sociology DwD        
Studio Art DwD 1      
Theatre DwD        
Total Awards 89 103 83 90

 

A.S. Degrees
  AY 2019 AY 2018 AY 2017 AY 2016
Associate of Science-General 31 39 35 33
Agricultural Business DwD 11 14 6 8
Agricultural Education DwD 4 11 3 3
Animal Science DwD 9 5 7 6
Biology DwD 2      
Chemistry DwD        
Engineering DwD        
Equine Science DwD   2    
Geology DwD        
Mathematics DwD        
Physics DwD        
Psychology DwD        
Soil & Crop Science DwD 3 4 1 3
Total Awards 60 75 52 53

 

A.G.S. Degrees
  AY 2019 AY 2018 AY 2017 AY 2016
Associate of General Studies 36 39 40 34
Associate of General Studies-Agriculture       17
Total Awards 36 39 40 51

 

A.A.S. Degrees
  AY 2019 AY 2018 AY 2017 AY 2016
Agri-Business 12 9 9 8
Production Agriculture 12 20 13 14
Automotive Technology 5 5 9 4
Business-all 18 13 8 13
Diesel Technology 6 10 12 13
Early Childhood Education   1 3 5
Emergency Medical Services   3    
Equine Business Management     1  
Equine Management 5 9 9 9
Fire Science Technology 9 3 5 5
Nursing 22 24 20 9
Welding 3 5 1 2
Wind Energy Technology 16 9 8 13
Total Awards 108 111 98 95

 

Certificates
  AY 2019 AY 2018 AY 2017 AY 2016
ABM-all 7 6 2 12
Agriculture Business and Production Agriculture 19 25 29  
Business 93 79 75  
Cosmetology 13 14 13 16
Early Childhood 5   6 3
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Technicians (EMT) 27 24 16 19
Fire Science 9 10 6 7
Nurse Aid 11 6 9 20
Auto/Diesel Technology 105 133 151 229
Wind Energy/Welding 90 61 87 117
All Other Certificates-Unduplicated 8 7 7 91
Total Awards 387 365 401 514

 

As of September 2019, 21% (83) of Northeastern graduates have transferred into four-year universities across Colorado and the United States.  National Student Clearinghouse collects college enrollment data for the U.S. Department of Education and partners with 99% of all public and private higher education institutions nationwide to assist in providing an accounting of student enrollment and achievement.  The following table shows the universities Northeastern students have chosen to attend. 

Transfer
COLORADO 4 Year AY 2019
Adams State University 1
Colorado Mesa University 3
Colorado State University 15
Colorado State University-Pueblo 1
Metropolitan State University of Denver 2
University of Colorado-Boulder 1
University of Northern Colorado 29
Total Colorado Transfers 52
OUT-OF-STATE 4 Year  
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE-Massachusetts 1
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY 1
ASHFORD UNIVERSITY-California 1
AUGUSTANA UNIVERSITY-South Dakota 1
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY - DOMINGUEZ HILLS 1
CATAWBA COLLEGE-North Carolina 2
CHADRON STATE COLLEGE-Nebraska 4
CORNELL COLLEGE-Iowa 1
DOANE UNIVERSITY-Nebraska 1
EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY-North Carolina 1
FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY-Kansas 3
INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST-Indiana 1
MCMURRY UNIVERSITY-Texas 1
MIDLAND UNIVERSITY-Nebraska 2
MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY-North Dakota 1
MOUNT MERCY UNIVERSITY-Iowa 1
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY-MAIN 1
NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY 1
OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE STATE UNIVERSITY 1
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY - STILLWATER/TULSA 1
SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES 1
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-Arizona 1
UNIVERSITY OF SIOUX FALLS-South Dakota 1
WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY-Utah 1
Total Out of State 31
Total Transfers-Colorado and Out of State 83

Some of the majors listed for these transfer students are Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Psychology, History, Mathematics, Agricultural Business, Early Childhood and Elementary Education to name just a few. 

Graduate Coursework

Northeastern graduates have several options when completing the coursework needed to obtain their degree.  Students can attend course on campus or online, or in some cases students can chose a hybrid course, which is a combination of both.  For AY 2019, on campus and online were evenly split at 47%.  The remaining six percent are unknown which results from graduates obtaining a reverse transfer degree.

Reverse transfer is available to students who transfer out to another college prior to graduating, but then complete degree requirements from the transfer college.  Those students can then apply to Northeastern and their degree is then awarded (in some cases years later).

Online coursework continues to rise for Northeastern graduates’ as there have been slow but steady increases over the last four years.  Sine AY 2016, graduates choosing to complete coursework online has nearly doubled from 24% to 47%.   

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Of the 394 graduates, 22% (86) were previously high school concurrent (also known as dual enrollment) at Northeastern prior to becoming new college students.  In AY 2019, six (6) students who were still in high school received awards.   

In the past four years, the number of credit hours concurrent students are completing at Northeastern is increasing.  Those students completing 31 or more credit hours (prior to high school graduation) has increased to 16% compared to 8% in AY 2018 and 4% in AY 2016.

High school concurrent students completing 7-12 credits has decreased from 27% in AY 2018 to 11% for AY 2019.

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Graduate Demographics

Forty seven percent (47%) of graduates came from Northeastern service area counties of Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma.  This percentage has increased slightly from 42% in AY 2018.

Forty two percent (42%) came from other areas of Colorado and 11% came from out of state or were international students.  These percentages are the same as AY 2018 and 2017.

Gender of Northeastern graduates remains identical for AY 2019, 2018 and 2016 with 49% female and 51% male.  In AY 2017, the female percentage decreased by 2% while the male percentage increased by that same amount.

Of the 394 graduates, 84 (21%) were of minority race/ethnicity.  This is an increase from the previous three years as AY 2018 and 2016 were 19%, and AY 2017 was 16%.  Of the 84 minority graduates, Hispanic students represent the largest group with 12% and have been the largest group for the previous three years.

Minority graduates earned 115 awards in AY 2019.  Sixty two percent of those awards were Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates while 38% were Associate of Arts, Science and General Studies degrees.  This compares to 61% and 39%, respectively, for AY 2018. 

Seventy nine percent of AY 2019 graduates were between the ages of 17 and 21 otherwise known as Generation Z.  Seventeen percent of graduates are between the ages of 22-38 (Millennial) and 4% of AY 2019 graduates are 39 or older (Generation X-39-52 and Baby Boomer-55+).

Of the 394 graduates, 28% were students that were eligible for Pell grants and 53% identified themselves as first generation (meaning their parent(s) or guardian did not attend college).  Seventeen percent, or 67 graduates, were student athletes while attending Northeastern.  Each of the ten teams had student athletes graduating in AY 2019.

Conclusion

Northeastern graduates in AY 2019 have a variety of demographics.  More than half are first generation students, more than a quarter are low income and received Pell grants, and almost a quarter are of minority race/ethnicity with Hispanic students being the largest group.  A higher number of concurrent students are earning awards at the same time they are graduating from high school and the majority of graduates are ages 17-21, also known as Generation Z. 

This report intends to be a celebration of graduates; however, there is evidence here to show changes that are happening with the way students are approaching college.  From online courses becoming more popular to high school students graduating with college awards, Northeastern continues to strive in helping students succeed while facing the challenges of changing demographics of today’s college students.