Des Moines Area Community College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$4,800
2.56% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$9,481
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
14.5%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
23,258
26.4% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
30.6%
567 Graduates

About

Des Moines Area Community College is a higher education institution located in Polk County, IA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Des Moines Area Community College were .

In 2019, 3,798 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Des Moines Area Community College. 49.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (2,915 degrees), 10.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (277 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Des Moines Area Community College is $4,800, which is $-3,024 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Des Moines Area Community College is $4,800, which is $-3,024 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $9,481.

In 2019, 22% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 18% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$4,800
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Des Moines Area Community College was $4,800. The cost of tuition at Des Moines Area Community College is $-3,024 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($7,824).

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Average Net Price

$9,481
2019 Value
2.62%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Des Moines Area Community College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $9,481. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Des Moines Area Community College grew by 2.62%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,123
Room and Board
$1,322
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Des Moines Area Community College was of $7,123 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,322. The cost of room and board increased by 6.76% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 1.34% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

22%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
18%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

22% of undergraduate students at Des Moines Area Community College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 8.33% with respect to 2018, when 24% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
14.5%
2017 Default Rate
613
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Des Moines Area Community College was 14.5%, which represents 613 out of the 4227 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Des Moines Area Community College has a total enrollment of 23,258 students. The full-time enrollment at Des Moines Area Community College is 6,146 students and the part-time enrollment is 17,112. This means that 26.4% of students enrolled at Des Moines Area Community College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Des Moines Area Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 68.7% White, 8.48% Hispanic or Latino, 6.21% Black or African American, 4.28% Asian, 2.17% Two or More Races, 0.232% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0516% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Des Moines Area Community College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.8%), followed by White Male (33.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.92%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

26.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Des Moines Area Community College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 23,258 students. The full-time enrollment at Des Moines Area Community College is 6,146 and the part-time enrollment is 17,112. This means that 26.4% of students enrolled at Des Moines Area Community College are enrolled full-time compared with 34.9% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

59%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Des Moines Area Community College was 59%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (61%), Des Moines Area Community College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    15,978
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,972
  3. Black or African American
    1,444

The enrolled student population at Des Moines Area Community College is 68.7% White, 8.48% Hispanic or Latino, 6.21% Black or African American, 4.28% Asian, 2.17% Two or More Races, 0.232% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0516% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 44% White, 26.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2,187 students (9.4%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 32 fewer women than men received degrees from Des Moines Area Community College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Des Moines Area Community College is white (2,915 degrees awarded). There were 10.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (277 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Des Moines Area Community College is N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Des Moines Area Community College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Precision Production (373 degrees awarded), Agriculture (230 degrees), and Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,384 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Des Moines Area Community College are Police officers (137,609 people), Other managers (111,674 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (78,263 people), Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing (42,056 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (42,030 people).

The most specialized majors at Des Moines Area Community College are Precision Production (373 degrees awarded), Agriculture (230 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,384 degrees), Protective Services (248 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (147 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Des Moines Area Community College are Dentists, Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers, Physicians, Real estate brokers & sales agents, and Personal financial advisors

The most specialized majors at Des Moines Area Community College are Precision Production (373 degrees awarded), Agriculture (230 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,384 degrees), Protective Services (248 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (147 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Des Moines Area Community College are Justice, public order, & safety activities (338,435 people), Elementary & secondary schools (184,971 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (88,925 people), Construction (80,737 people), and Computer Systems Design (70,596 people).

The most specialized majors at Des Moines Area Community College are Precision Production (373 degrees awarded), Agriculture (230 degrees), Liberal Arts & Humanities (1,384 degrees), Protective Services (248 degrees), and Mechanical Technologies (147 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Des Moines Area Community College.
Most Common
  1. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  2. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded
  3. N/A
    N/A degree-majorss awarded

In false, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Des Moines Area Community College was N/A with N/A degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,915
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,883
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,915 degrees were awarded to men at Des Moines Area Community College, which is 1.02 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,883).

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Most Common Male Majors

In false, 545 degrees were awarded to men at Des Moines Area Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 0.8 times less than the 681 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In false, 681 degrees were awarded to women at Des Moines Area Community College in Liberal Arts & Sciences, which is 1.25 times more than the 545 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

21%
100% Completion Time
31%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 21% of students graduating from Des Moines Area Community College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 31% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 35% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (47.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Des Moines Area Community College is Male and Asian (47.1% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.82% of graduates (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,915 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    277 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    191 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Des Moines Area Community College is white (2,915 degrees awarded). There were 10.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (277 degrees).

4.32% of degree recipients (164 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    1,463 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    1,452 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    142 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Des Moines Area Community College is white male (1,463 degrees awarded). There were 1.01 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (1,452 degrees).

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Operations

Des Moines Area Community College has an endowment valued at nearly $4.84M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $1.53M (31.5%), compared to the 5.92% average return ($255k on $4.3M) across all Associates Colleges.

In 2019, Des Moines Area Community College had a total salary expenditure of $164M. Des Moines Area Community College employs 220 Professors, 90 Instructors, and 45 Associate professors. Most academics at Des Moines Area Community College are Male Professors (112), Female Professors(108), and Female Instructors (51).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Des Moines Area Community College are: Office and Administrative Support, with 119 employees, Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 80 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 73 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$4.84M
2019 Endowment
1.4%
growth from 2018

Des Moines Area Community College has an endowment valued at about $4.84M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Des Moines Area Community College grew 1.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $538k higher than than the median endowment of Associates Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Associates Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Nontraditional Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.84M - Federal
  2. $10M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Des Moines Area Community College received $4.84M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $10M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$76.3M
2019 Salaries
2.84%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Des Moines Area Community College paid a median of $76.3M in salaries, which represents 46.6% of their overall expenditure ($164M) and a 2.84% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.79% growth from 2017 and a 2.11% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.6M (44.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$25.9M
Instructional Salaries
355
Number of Employees

In 2019, Des Moines Area Community College paid a total of $25.9M to 355 employees working as instructors, which represents 34% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.1M (30.7%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
220 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
119 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Des Moines Area Community College were Professor with 220 employees; Instructor with 90 employees; and Instructor with 45 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Des Moines Area Community College were Office and Administrative Support with 119 employees; Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 80 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 73 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Des Moines Area Community College was Male Professor with 112 employees, Female Professor with 108 employees, and Female Instructor with 51 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Des Moines Area Community College.

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