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Academic Profile

The Northeastern Academic Profile is an in-depth report on students attending Northeastern each Fall.

The report is produced in January after the completion of the fall semester and includes a three to five year comparison of various student demographics as well as other variables in an effort to aid interested stakeholders in gaining a better understanding of Northeastern students.

Academic Profile Fall 2021

Data Source:  Northeastern Banner/Cognos ODS and Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).  

NOTE:  There will always be slight differences in numbers on this report and various official reporting dates.  This is due to data constantly changing and updating daily during the course of the semester and the academic year.

Highlights

  • Northeastern welcomed students from 34 counties across Colorado; 22 states across the U.S.; and 15 countries around the world.
  • Overall enrollment increased by 7.5% compared to Fall 2020.
  • Three hundred ninety-three (393) high school students attended Northeastern in 2020-2021 from 23 school   districts and attempted 4,491 credits.

Student Demographics

Fall 2021 was comprised of 1,393 students which included 474 students (34%) from Logan county; 375 (27%) from Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties; 401 (29%) from 34 counties throughout Colorado; 111 (8%) from 22 states with Nebraska, Utah, and New Mexico having the most students attending Northeastern this year.  NJC welcomed 32 (2%) International students from 15 countries around the world including Brazil, Canada and Russia.

Geographic Region all NJC students Fall 2017-2021

There were 711 (51%) full-time students and 682 (49%) part-time students.  The top line in the chart below represents the total number of students attending Northeastern in the past five years.

All NJC students  and full-part time breakdown 2017-2021

The number of full-time female students was 53% while male students totaled 47%; however, when comparing the number of part time female and male students, the number of male students is significantly less at 36% than females at 64%.

The significant difference in the part time numbers has been a common trend for the past five years.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Northeastern students were new first time, while 23% were high school students (also known as high school concurrent).  Ten percent (10%) of students transferred in from another college and the remaining 39% were continuing.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of students at Northeastern in Fall 2021 were age 26 and under; this group is known as Generation Z.  This compares to 77% in Fall 2020 and 73% in Fall 2019.  Sixteen percent (16%) were between the ages of 27 and 41, known as the Millennial generation and the remaining 10% were age 42 and over, known as Gen X and Boomer generations.

Forty-five percent (45%) of Northeastern students are working toward Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of General Studies degrees while 19% are working toward Applied Science degrees. Fifteen percent (15%) are working toward certificates in a variety of subjects.

The following chart summarizes the percentage of students who are working toward transfer out degrees (Associate of Arts, Science and General Studies), and the percentage who are working toward Career/Technical degrees.  In the four previous years, transfer out programs had been decreasing and career/tech programs had been increasing; however, in Fall 2021, transfer degrees have increased and Career/Technical degrees have decreased.  This change could be attributed to the increase in undecided/non degree seeking students.

NJC Students transfer-CTE-Undecided Fall 2017-2021

When looking at race/ethnicity of all students at Northeastern, White non-Hispanic students account for the largest category with 72% while Students of Color account for 22%.  When looking at full time students only, White non-Hispanic students account for 66% of the student population while Students of Color account for 28%.  For Students of Color this compares to 30% for both Fall 2020 and 2019 which is a slight decrease. 

Of the 1,393 Fall 2021 Northeastern students, (49%) have identified themselves as first generation.  This compares to 50% for Fall 2020 and 53% for Fall 2019 which is a decrease.  Sixty-one percent (61%) of those are female students.

New First Time and Transfer Students

Northeastern welcomed 386 new first time students in Fall 2021.  Ninety-one percent (91%) of these students attended full time.  Of the full time students, 51% were male, 49% were first generation, 35% were PELL eligible, and 26% were Students of Color.  Of these 351 full time students, 25% were from Logan county, 10% were from the remaining service area, 44% were from other parts of Colorado, 15% were from out of state, and 6% were International students.

Northeastern obtained high school GPA on 252 (65%) of new first time students.  Sixty-two percent (62%) of students who submitted a high school GPA earned a 3.0 or above while in high school.  This compares to 48% earning a 3.0 or above GPA for their first semester at Northeastern.

When looking at success measures for new first-time, full-time students at Northeastern, it has been found that students who are both first generation and PELL eligible tend to fall behind their peers in first semester GPA and the percentage of credits earned.

The first chart below shows the average first semester (term) GPA of all new first time students by demographic status.  Students who are non-first generation/non PELL eligible are succeeding at higher rates.  The yellow line represents the average term GPA of non-first generation/non-PELL eligible students in Fall 2021 to show the contrast between the rates of success.  Students who were both, first generation and PELL eligible, had an average term GPA of just 2.34 while non first generation/non PELL eligible students had a term GPA of 2.75.

The same is true when looking at the percentage of credits earned.  In Fall 2021, non-first generation/non-PELL eligible students earned 85% of the credits they attempted while students who were both, first generation and PELL eligible, earned just 78%.

When comparing Fall 2021 to Fall 2020, notice that gains have been made.  This appears to be due to a decrease in the number of Students of Color, down from 53% in Fall 2020 to 49% currently; and an increase in the number of White non-Hispanic students, up from 46% in Fall 2020 to 51% currently.

NJC First time first semester GPA by Demographic Fall 2017-2021
NJC First time first semester credits earned by Demographic Fall 2017-2021

High School Concurrent (also known as Dual Enrollment)

For the academic year 2020-2021, Northeastern provided college coursework to 393 high school students from 23 school districts.  These students attempted 4,491 credits.  Twenty-five percent (25%) of Northeastern high school concurrent students became new first time students after graduation which compares to nearly 29% in Fall 2020 and nearly 26% in Fall 2019.

Merino, Sterling/Caliche and Peetz had the highest percentage of high school concurrent students who become new first time students at Northeastern after high school graduation; while Akron, Holyoke, and Julesburg had the lowest percentage.

For Fall 2021, there were 323 high school/less than high school students attending Northeastern.  The majority were part time students; however, nearly 14% were full time students.  This compares to 17% for Fall 2020 and 8% in Fall 2019.  Fifty-eight percent (58%) were female, 20% were Students of Color, 42% were from Logan county, 47% were from the service area, 11% were from other parts of Colorado and nearly 2% were from out of state.  Forty-three percent (43%) were first generation. 

This group of students earned 92% of the 2,225.5 credits attempted which compares with 92% for Fall 2020 and 96% for Fall 2019.

The average term GPA for Fall 2021 for high school students was 3.03, while the average cumulative GPA was 3.15.  This compares to term GPA of 2.91 and cumulative GPA of 3.13 for Fall 2020; and 2.96 and 3.16 for Fall 2019.

Financial Aid     

Financial aid data is gathered from the IPEDS (Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System) student financial aid survey.  In 2020-2021, the total amount of grant aid was $ 6,141,398 making the average amount per student $ 6,021.  This is higher than the previous year most likely due to additional HEERF/CARES Act funds that were distributed during the Summer and Fall 2021 as these are included in the federal grant numbers for 2020-2021. The total amount of loan aid was $ 1,990,670 making the average loan amount per student $ 5,608 which is also higher than the previous year.

Overall, 1,020 students received some form of aid in 2020-21.  Five hundred twenty-nine students (529) received PELL grants and 355 students received federal loans. 

Conclusion

In terms of achievement for new first time students, there have been gains this year compared to last year; however, the percentage of new first time Students of Color has dropped and the number of White non-Hispanic students has increased.  Northeastern data has previously shown that White non-Hispanic students who are first generation and PELL eligible succeed at higher rates even though this group in general struggles with college level course success. 

This shift in student demographics is being seen at community colleges nationwide and should be closely watched in the future for Northeastern as well.