Fall 2021 Inside IR

Outcomes of CARES Act I Funding

By William Dixon

In spring 2020, $3,505,040 was given out to MCC students as part of the first wave of federal CARES Act funding. This funding was awarded to 4,326 degree-seeking students who demonstrated a financial need, defined as either: (1) receiving Pell Grant funding, or (2) applying for Pell, but deemed ineligible.

Figure 1 outlines what has happed since receiving the first round of CARES Act funding. In essence, the first semester showed the largest increase in persistence. This increase has continued into Fall 2021.

In terms of overall success, 55% of the students who were awarded funding are still enrolled at MCC or have graduated, compared to 48% of students who were not awarded funding.

Among students of color, the difference between recipients and non-recipients is more striking. Figure 2 shows the results just for African American students.

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Figure 1: Persistence, Retention, and Long Term Outcomes Based on Receipt of CARES Act Funds

Based on Receipt of CARES Act Funds. Fall 2020 62.2% recipients vs. 49.9% non-recipients. Spring 2021 44.8% recipients vs. 36.4% non. Fall 2021 27% recipients vs. 23.4% non. Still enrolled or has graduated: 55.1% recipients vs. 48.3% non.

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Figure 2: Persistence, Retention, and Long Term Outcomes Based on Receipt of CARES Act Funds: African American Students Only

Based on Receipt of CARES Act Funds: Black Students Only.  Fall 2020 58.2% of recipients vs. 39.4% non. Spring 2021 40.8% recipients vs. 26.1% non. Fall 2021 25.5% recipients vs. 20.6% non. Still enrolled or has graduated 45.1% recipients vs. 31.7% non.

Got Data? The IR Web Pages May Have What You Need

By Mary Ann M. DeMario

The IR Office works year-round to ensure the College community has access to the most up-to-date information. Before submitting a research request or contacting IR, please see if the data you want is on online. There are two main sections:

  1. Public-facing - on our Institutional Research home page (shown in Figure 3)
  2. Secure – accessible by clicking on “MCC Internal Resources” on the landing page, then logging in with MCC credentials.

The secure page, in contrast, contains the following, more detailed information:

  • Learning Center Guidelines & Referral Instructions
  • Tableau Reports
  • SUNY Excels Dashboard
  • Town Hall Spring 2019 (Current Priorities in Academic Services and the Use of Data)
  • Enrollment

    • Highlights
    • Student Demographics
    • History
    • Fall Headcount Trends, Student Type
    • Budget and Forecast
    • Comparison Enrollment Reports
    • Key Performance indicators

  • Academics

    • Department
    • Program
    • Student Outcomes
    • Site Profiles
    • Market Share
    • Geographic
    • Civitas Impact Results

  • Finances & Human Resources

    • Overall Cost per FTE
    • Ethnic Distribution
    • Operating Expenditures

  • Surveys

    • 2017 Gallup Poll
    • SUNY Student Opinion Survey
    • New Student Expectations & Experiences Surveys
    • MCC Faculty-Staff Surveys
    • Student Satisfaction
    • Community College Survey of Student Engagement
    • Community College Faculty
    • Survey of Student Engagement
    • COVID Era College-Wide Survey

The Institutional Research Office supports all segments of the College community with information for planning, policy analysis, assessment, and decision making. The major functions of the office are to collect, analyze, and interpret data and to present research findings to administrators, faculty, and staff to use for advancement of the College mission.

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Figure 3: Public-Facing IR Data

List of hyperlinks in main navigation and on IR website homepage

Summer 2021 Enrollment Highlights

By Elina Belyablya

In summer 2021, MCC enrollment was 4,817 students, or 773.7 FTEs. This was a decrease of 9.4% students and 11.6% in FTEs since last summer, but it was 4.4% above the budget target. PSTF enrollment was up 32.1 FTEs from last summer. The total 2020-21 credit enrollment was 7.1% below the budget due to decreased enrollment at all sites from the prior year.

Figure 4 illustrates changes in summer enrollment over time. Figure 5 and Figure 6 illustrate summer 2021 enrollment by demographic characteristics and academic characteristics, respectively.

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Figure 4: Changes in Summer Enrollment: Headcount and FTEs

Summer 2017 headcount 5,943, FTEs 927.3. Summer 2018 headcount 6,156, FTEs 880.3. Summer 2019 headcount 5,584, FTEs 888.7. Summer 2020 headcount 5,321, FTEs 874.9. Summer 2021 headcount 4,817, FTEs 773.7.

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Figure 5: Changes in Summer Enrollment: Demographic Characteristics (Age, Sex, County, Race/Ethnicity) Over the Past Five Years

Summer 2017: 73% Younger than 25, 54% female. Summer 2018: 71% Younger than 25, 56% female. Summer 2019: 70% Younger than 25, 57% female. Summer 2020: 69% Younger than 25, 61% female. Summer 2021: 65% Younger than 25, 60% female.
Summer 2017: 69% Monroe county resident, 28% minority. Summer 2018: 70% resident, 31% minority. Summer 2019: 73% resident, 32% minority. Summer 2020: 69% resident, 33% minority. Summer 2021: 69% resident, 34% minority.

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Figure 6: Changes in Summer Enrollment: Academic Characteristics (Matriculation Status, Academic History). In degree/certificate vs. continuing from spring.

Summer 2017: In degree 48%, continuing 47%. Summer 2018: In degree 50%, continuing 48%. Summer 2019: In degree 53%, continuing 50%. Summer 2020: In degree 49%, continuing 43%. Summer 2021: In degree 53%, continuing 49%.

What Students Want: Summary of the College-Wide COVID Era Survey

By Mary Ann M. DeMario

In spring 2021, I created a college-wide survey in order to assess current and former students’ experiences pre- and mid-COVID. The purposes were to:

  • understand how MCC can help current students
  • understand how we can assist stop-outs/drop-outs return to MCC
  • prevent the over-surveying of students by combining small surveys from several MCC offices.

I sent the survey to 16,769 students who were enrolled in spring 2020, fall 2020, and/or spring 2021, but omitted students who had graduated or been in Dual Enrollment. I received responses from 1,542 people, which gives us a margin of error of ±3%. This means that the results can be generalized to the larger population of students who were sent the survey. Approximately 81% of the respondents were enrolled at MCC in the spring, while 19% had stopped or dropped out. Two-thirds of the respondents were female, more than two-thirds were Students of Color, nearly nine out of 10 were matriculated, and more than a quarter were Student-Parents.

The results of the survey shed light on the following:

The full report is available on the MCC Internal Resources page, in the section titled “Surveys.” Summaries of the results are also available in the July and August 2021 issues of the MCC Employee Tribune. The bulleted hyperlinks above take the reader to those public-facing Tribune articles.


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