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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 2020

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

  • Sixty-three percent (63%) of students at Northeastern came from Logan county and the surrounding service area.
  • Forty-four percent (44%) of Northeastern students are working toward an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of General Studies degree, enabling them to transfer into a four-year college/university.
  • In 2019-20, Northeastern provided coursework to 361 high school students coming from 22 school districts.  These students attempted 3,595 credits and earned 96% of those credits; while the pass rate was 93%.
  • Nearly 29% of these high school students chose to attend Northeastern as New First Time students after high school graduation.

Student Demographics

Fall 2020 was comprised of 1,295 students which included 513 students (40%) from Logan County; 298 (23%) from Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma Counties; 371 (29%) students were from 32 counties throughout Colorado; 94 (7%) students were from 23 states with Nebraska, New Mexico, California, Texas and Wyoming having the most students attending Northeastern this year.  NJC welcomed 19 (1%) International students from 11 countries around the world including Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.

Line chart showing Geographic Region-All Northeastern Students

There were 692 (53%) full-time students and 603 (47%) part-time students.  The top line in the chart below represents the total number of students attending Northeastern in the past five years.

Line chart showing All Northeastern Students and Full/Part Time Breakdown- Fall 2016-2020

The number of full-time female students was 53 percent while male students totaled 47 percent; however, when comparing the number of part time female and male students, the number of male students is significantly less at 34 percent than females at 66 percent.

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

Twenty-four percent (24%) of Northeastern students were new first time, while 25% were high school students (also known as high school concurrent).  Six percent (6%) of students transferred in from another college and the remaining 45% were continuing.

Seventy-seven percent (77%) of students at Northeastern in Fall 2020 were between the ages of 15 and 24.  This age group is known as Generation Z.  This compares to 73% in Fall 2019 and 72% in Fall 2018.

Forty-four percent (44%) of Northeastern students are working toward Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of General Studies degrees while 23% are working toward Applied Science degrees. Fourteen percent (14%) are working toward certificates in a variety of subjects.

Bar graph showing Northeastern Students by Program Fall 2016-2020

A question the Research Office is frequently asked is:  What percentage of students are working toward transfer out degrees (Associate of Arts, Science and General Studies), and what percentage are working toward Career/Technical degrees?  Transfer out programs account for 44%, while career/tech programs account for 37% and the remaining 18%  are either non degree seeking or undecided.  Transfer programs have been declining and career/tech programs have been steadily increasing in the past five years.

 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 24%.  When looking at full time students only, White non-Hispanic students account for 65% of the student population while students of color account for 30%.  The percentage of students of color compares to 30% for Fall 2019 and 23% for Fall 2018. 

Of the 1,295 Fall 2020 Northeastern students, (50%) have identified themselves as first generation.  Sixty-five percent (65%) of those are female students.

New First Time and Transfer Students

Northeastern welcomed 313 new first time students in Fall 2020.  Eighty-nine percent (89%) of these students attended full time.  Of the full time students, 49% were male, 57% were first generation, 45% were PELL eligible, and 38% were students of color.  Of the 280 full time students, 22% were from Logan county, 9% were from the remaining service area, 55% were from other parts of Colorado, 11% were from Out of State, and 3% were International students.

Northeastern obtained high school GPA on 165 (53%) of new first time students.  

Over 56% of students who submitted a high school GPA earned a 3.0 or above while in high school.

This compares to 43% 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 2020 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 2.09 while non first generation/non PELL eligible students had a term GPA of 2.67.

The same is true when looking at the percentage of credits earned.  In Fall 2020, 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 71%.

Bar graph showing New First Time Semester GPA by Demographic Status Fall 2017-2020 for Northeastern
Bar graph showing Northeastern New First Semester Credits Earned by Demographic Status Fall 2017-2020

High School Concurrent (also known as Dual Enrollment)

For the academic year 2019-2020, Northeastern provided college coursework to 361 high school students from 22 school districts.  These students attempted 3,595 credits.

For Fall 2020, there were 321 high school/less than high school students attending Northeastern.  The majority were part time students; however, nearly 17% were full time students.  This compares to just 8% for Fall 2019. Fifty-seven percent (57%) were female, 20% were students of color, 40% were from Logan county and 51% were from the service area.  Nearly 45% were first generation. 

This group of students earned 92% of the 2,219 credits attempted which compares with 96% for Fall 2019.

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

Financial Aid     

According to the 2019-20 Colorado Department of Higher Education Financial Aid Report, average student loan debt for Northeastern graduates was $ 11,798 which has decreased from $ 12,389 the previous year.  Forty-nine percent (49%) of graduates had no loan debt which has also decreased from 50% the previous year. 

The financial aid data is gathered from the IPEDS (Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System) student financial aid survey.  In 2019-2020, the total amount of grant aid was $ 5,304,675 making the average amount per student $ 5,800.  This is higher from the previous year most likely due to the CARES Act funds that were distributed during the Spring 2020 semester as these are included in the federal grant numbers for 2019-2020. The total amount of loan aid was $ 2,044,021 making the average loan amount per student $ 5,092.

Overall, 892 students received some form of aid in 2019-20.  Four hundred thirty-one students (431) received PELL grants and 373 students received federal loans.     

Conclusion

Northeastern continues to face the challenges of decreasing enrollment, particularly in the immediate service area; as well as providing education to a larger population of first generation and PELL eligible students who often fall behind in achieving success when compared to other groups of students.  Added to this, are the challenges presented by the current pandemic and the affect it has had on all areas of higher education.  Continued research and innovation will be needed to overcome these challenges moving into the future.