About The Arch

The Completion Arch is a web based tool that provides quick and easy access to national, state and initiative-level data that describe the progress and success of community college students.

About the Indicators

The Completion Arch was conceived to consolidate a set of common community college metrics and summarize the statistics in the form of state- and initiative-level indicators of student progress and success.

Download The Completion Arch

Download The Completion Arch: Measuring Community College Student Success 2012 for a summary of The Completion Arch initiative, its purpose and sample measures and indicators.

What is an Area?

The Completion Arch groups indicators into five topical areas representing the progression of students into and through community college and eventually into the workplace. The five areas are as follows: Enrollment; Developmental Education Placement; Progress; Transfer and Completion; and Workforce Preparation and Employment Outcomes.

What is a Measure?

Each area encompasses multiple measures. As used here, a measure is a conceptual definition of student progress within the general topical area. For example, Enrollment consists of two measures: fall enrollment and unduplicated annual enrollment. Progress, however, is a much larger area, including precollege and college milestones and indicators signaling momentum.

What is an Indicator?

Each measure further consists of one or more indicators. An indicator is a specific operational definition of a measure and its results. For example, one of the measures in the Progress area is "specified number of credits earned in the first year." Each indicator may have a slightly different outcome, population, or time frame. Some indicators are more useful depictions of student success than others, even when they correspond to the same measure.

One of the most important functions of The Completion Arch is to explain the data underlying each indicator so that users of this resource will understand how indicators differ.