Common Agenda: Increasing Educational Attainment in Ottumwa
Urgency for Change:
By 2025, 68% of all Iowa jobs will require at least some college; a college diploma/certificate, an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or advanced degree (Iowa: Education and Workforce Trends through 2025, Carnevale et. Al, 2015). According to census data, only 24.1% of Ottumwa’s population over the age of 25 has an associate’s degree or higher. In order to meet this demand for educated workers, as well as build and sustain a vibrant and healthy community, C3 must ensure that all students know and understand the steps to pursue and complete a college degree or credential.
- Create a college-going culture in the community that values degree and/or credential completion.
- Identify and remove barriers that prevent students from pursuing college degrees and/or credentials.
- Coordinate a set of college access and success services and activities that encourage the pursuit and completion of college degrees and/or credentials.
- Inform Ottumwa residents about pathways that lead to local employment and careers.
- Increase the percentage of Ottumwa 8th grade students who intend to pursue college degrees or credentials.
- Increase the percentage of Ottumwa graduating seniors who enroll in a college degree or credential program anytime during the first year after high school.
- Increase the percentage of Ottumwa graduating seniors who complete college degrees or credentials within six years of high school.
- Increase the percentage of Ottumwa residents who have college degrees and/or credentials by the next census.
Shared Objectives and Metrics:
- Ensure that Ottumwa students, who intend to pursue college degrees and/or credentials in 8th grade, maintain their commitment to do so in high school and subsequently enroll in postsecondary education.
- Increase the percentage of Ottumwa students who take college entrance exams during high school.
- Increase the percentage of Ottumwa graduating seniors who complete the FAFSA by July 1.
- Increase the percentage of 11th grade students who meet Iowa Assessment proficiency levels in reading and math.
- Increase the percentage of Ottumwa students who persist for a second year of postsecondary education.
- Increase the percentage of Ottumwa students graduate from an accredited college program.