First Target Set for Adams County Youth Postsecondary Enrollment & Completion

Our Community Leaders Council (CLC) met recently to review postsecondary enrollment and completion data for Adams County Youth as it relates to Certifications, Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, and Master’s Degrees. Understanding that current data are limited to that which is available to us through the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) from the Student Unit Record Data System (SURDS) and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), the CLC set a first target with the information it did have available.

SURDS files are the official source of data for public postsecondary education in Colorado. NSC information include more than 3,600 colleges and universities, enrolling over 98% of all students in public and private U.S. institutions; hundreds of high school districts and thousands of high schools; as well as, all guarantors and most major student loan lenders and servicers.

The ACYI Partnership will work to support Adams County Youth in meeting or exceeding the state in enrollment and completion rates by 2025.

Across the Partnership, 46% of the 2015 high school graduates enrolled in a postsecondary institution in the fall semester following graduation: the state was at 56.5%. Across the Partnership, 39% of the 2010 high school graduates who enrolled in a postsecondary institution in the fall semester following graduation earned at least one degree within 6 years after graduation: the state was at 52.7%. Furthermore, prominent gaps in enrollment and completion were noted between White and Non-White students.

Also knowing that Trade Certifications, Apprenticeships, etc., are key components to postsecondary success, a commitment was made to explore supplementary data sources in order to draw a more comprehensive view of post-secondary and workforce pathways and so that an additional target can be set in that area.

A Data Steering Committee is being assembled to help make this happen. If you are interested in participating, please contact our Data Director, at

The group taking charge of pushing efforts to meet our goal, ACYI’s Postsecondary Success Collaborative Action Network (CAN), is set to officially kick off its work in early October. The group’s Steering Committee has met and preliminary work is underway to prepare for the launch. For more information on how to join this effort, please contact our Partnership Director, at

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