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About the Survey

Community colleges play a major role in workforce and economic development, and at the Richmond Fed, we’re committed to understanding the economic impacts that important institutions like these have across the Fifth District. Unfortunately, existing data collected across states do not fully describe the range of positive outcomes achieved by community college students. Individual community colleges use many metrics to gauge their success, but these can vary from school to school, and from state to state, which makes it hard to compare across institutions and track outcomes consistently over time.

The Richmond Fed’s Survey of Community College Outcomes (SCCO) is a quantitative, consistent system for measuring community college outcomes that provides a fuller view of what success looks like for community college students—all community college students, including part-time students, high school enrollees and other non-traditional students—and will allow for better analysis on how student success contributes to local workforce and economic development.

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Release Schedule

A pilot survey was conducted in early 2022 with 10 pilot schools, and an expanded pilot with a larger sample of schools from across the Fifth District was conducted in 2023.

Survey Questions and Methodology

The Richmond Fed developed and continues to refine this survey through in-depth conversations with community college administrators throughout the Fifth District. Contact us to learn more about the data we collect and view a sample survey.

Survey Participation

Visit our Survey Participation page to learn more about participating institutions and sign up to have data from your institution included in future waves of the survey.

Survey Team

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Senior Regional Economist
Jason Kosakow headshot
Survey Director

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Laura Dawson Ullrich (704) 358-2102
Jason Kosakow (571) 287-0448