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Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IR)


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.


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 2015-16

Just Released--The 2015 Graduate Report!

The 2015 Graduate Report has just released.  It has data about employment and transfer of our FY2014 graduating class.  You can get a PDF copy of the report by clicking on the following link:

2015 Graduate Report

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:


Spring 2015

Final Headcount: 7,826

Summer 2015

Headcount: 2,495

Fall 2015

Final Headcount: 6,703 (Preliminary Census as of Sept 16th, 2015)

CCA Data

To learn more about CCA and our student body, please explore the following Links:

CCA Institutional Profile
These are the Common Data Set files for CCA.

Enrollment Summaries
You can see profiles of our students and trends of our enrollments in these files.

IR Presentations

Students of Color Compared to White Students
All-College Meeting presentation on September 9, 2015.

Transfer of CCA Students to 4-year Colleges
All-College Meeting presentation on March 11, 2015.

Diversity Data on CCA Students, Faculty, and Staff
Presentation to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council on December 12, 2014

IR Presentation on Effects of Concurrent Enrollment Students On Enrollment Trends
All-College Meeting presention on November 12, 2014.

IR Presentation on Graduation Trends
All-College Meeting presentation on November 12, 2014.

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

City of Aurora Data
2014 Data from the City of Aurora Department of Planning

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

Community College System and State Reports

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

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

Note: Many of the files available for download are PDFs.  You can download the current version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader that will allow you to open and read these files by clicking here.





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