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Is success equitable at PCC?

Data shows disparities in our student population based on gender, race/ethnicity, and subject area.

3-year graduation rates by race and ethnicity

From 2014 to 2017, a total of 1,042 first-time college attendees were enrolled as full-time students at PCC. Of this degree-seeking group, fifteen percent completed a PCC credential by the end of three years.

17% White pie chart

17%
White
7% Black and African American chart

7%
Black and African American
16% International pie chart

16%
International
18% Asian pie chart

18%
Asian
13% Native American pie chart

13%
Native American
6% multi-racial pie chart

6%
Multi-racial
16% Hispanic and Latino pie chart

16%
Hispanic and Latino
13% Pacific Islander pie chart

18%
Pacific Islander

Course completion dates

Successful completion
78.5% completion rate pie chart

78.5%
On average, successful completion of attempted credits (Fall 2017).
Yet, success rates differ by:
Gender
78.5% male pie chart

78.5%
Male students
80% female pie chart

80%
Female students
Race and ethnicity
66% Black and African American pie chart

66%
Black and African American
85% International pie chart

85%
International
Subject area
84% CTE pie chart

84%
Career Technical Education
78% lower division transfer pie chart

78%
Lower Devision Transfer
67% Pre-College Reading, Writing, and Math pie chart

67%
Pre-College Reading, Writing, and Math

Pass rates in “gate keeper” courses

Students must complete “gatekeeping” courses, the first or lowest-level courses, before moving on to more advanced study. The two gatekeeping courses at PCC with the highest enrollment are Writing 121 and Math 95.

Writing 121
73% passed WR 121 pie chart

73%
Students who passed WR 121
75% female students passed WR 121 pie chart

75%
Female students who passed WR 121
71% male students passed WR 121 pie chart

71%
Male students who passed WR 121
  • 76%: White
  • 74%: Asian
  • 70%: Hispanic and Latino
  • 57%: Black and African American
  • 57%: Native American
  • 32%: Pacific Islander
  • 84%: International
Math 95
49% passed MTH 95 pie chart

49%
Students who passed MTH 95
50% female students passed MTH 95 pie chart

50%
Female students who passed MTH 95
49% male students passed MTH 95 pie chart

49%
Male students who passed MTH 95
  • 52%: White
  • 50%: Asian
  • 43%: Hispanic and Latino
  • 35%: Black and African American
  • 45%: Native American
  • 39%: Pacific Islander
  • 63%: International