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Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IR)

IR Vision

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IR) at the Community College of Aurora (CCA) is a dynamic, responsive office supporting data and assessment needs across the college and promoting evidence-based decision making to improve overall institutional effectiveness.


IR Mission

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness is responsive to the research and assessment needs of multiple constituents across the college.  Staff members collaborate with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Fiscal Affairs, and other programs and administrative offices to achieve CCA's strategic goals and the goals of college units.  The office:

  • Creates reports and conducts research studies for external and internal constituencies
  • Builds and maintains applications allowing greater use of available data and resources
  • Works with faculty and other offices to assess student learning outcomes across the college
  • Links CCA to external research resources and partners
  • Provides training in research-related skills and promotes the use of data in decision making
  • Verifies the accuracy of data used across the college
  • Supports HLC accreditation reporting

IR Staff

IR Strategic Plan 2016-17


Enrollment Data

CCA had 11,015 students enrolled from summer 2016 to spring 2017. To learn more about CCA and our student body, please explore the following links:

Enrollment Summaries
You can see profiles of our students and trends of our enrollment over time in these files.

Common Data Set
These are the common data set files for CCA.


Student Achievement Data

Click on the links below to explore CCA student outcomes:

Success in Courses

FY17 Degrees/Certificates Awarded

Degree/Certificate Trends FY13-FY17

Transfer to 4-year Colleges and Universities

Fall-to-Fall Retention

Employment and Continuing Education of CCA Graduates

Assessment of Student Learning


Conducting Research at CCA

For more information on conducting research on CCA students, faculty and staff please contact Hyekyung Lee (, or 303-360-4737); you can also read the Procedures for Conducting Research at CCA


CCA Survey Procedures

If you are planning to conduct a survey given to CCA students, faculty, or staff, please read the CCA Survey Procedures handout


Data on CCA's Service Area and the City of Aurora

CCA Service Area Description and Map
CCA Service Area Demographics
Information on the service area for the Community College of Aurora

City of Aurora Information
Explore data, demographics, history, and other information about Aurora


Community College System and State Reports

Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Reports
Reports comparing all 13 CCCS colleges, including CCA

Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE)
Explore data and research comparing all Colorado Postsecondary Institutions, including CCA


Data Dictionary

IR has been working with the CCA Data Advisory Committee on a set of definitions to help with understanding terms commonly used in IR reports.  It is a living document that will be updated frequently with new terms or clarification for existing terms.  The CCA Data Advisory Committee will continue to advise IR on adding terms and modifying definitions for clarity and understanding.  A PDF of the current data dictionary is available by clicking on the following link:


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