INTERPRETING THE FTF COHORT REPORT

The FTF Cohort Report looks at the characeteristics of the cohort. The report breaks down the Cohort by the follwing characteristics: Gender, Age Group, Ethnicity, and Citizenship. The report also displays the percantages for each group. Additionally, the report has two separate tables that break down the cohort by Uniformed Goal and by Informed (Matric) Goal.



The By Gender table on the report shows the breakdown of the cohort by Male and Female. There may be a third group, which is identified as Unknown. The Unknown group represents those who did not report their gender.

 

The By Age Group table has a breakdown by the following Age Groups: Under 17, 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49, Over 50. The Age Groups are the same as those identified in the Student Services Core Files.

The By Ethnicity table breaks the cohort down into the following ethnic categories: Asian, Black, Filipino/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Native American/Alaskan Native, White, Other, and Unknown. Ethnicity is the student's self declared ethnic background.

Asian includes Chinese, Asian Indian, Japanese, Korean, Loatian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Other Asian.

Black includes Non-Hispanic African American.

Filipino/Pacific Islander includes Filipino, Guamanian, Hawaiian, Samoan, Other Pacific Islander.

Hispanic includes Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Central American, South American, Other Hispanic.

American Indian/Alaskan Native includes all indigenous tribes of North America and Alaska.

White includes those individuals who consider themselves to be in the White category with no Hispanic ethnicity.

The "Other Non-White" category is for those individuals who are not White but did not consider themselves part of the Asian, Black, Filipino/Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American/Alaskan Native categories.

The Unknown category includes those individuals who did not know their ethnic background or did not respond to the ethnic questions. This category also includes those individulas who declined to state their ethnic background.

The By Citizenship table breaks down the citizenship status of the cohort.

U.S. citizens are those students that have been born in the U.S. or been born to U.S. parents in a foreign land. U.S. citizenship can also been attained through naturalization from formal legal proceedings.

Non-U.S. citizens are individuals who have citizenship in another country other than the United States, Guam, American Samoa, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. These individuals are reffered to as "aliens". An alien may reside in the U.S. under the following status categories:

Permanent Residents are individuals who have been admitted to the U.S. as an immigrant, and who have acquired permanent residency status through the appropriate legal process.

Temporary Residents are individuals granted staus as a temporary resident under provisions of the Immigrant Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Student Visas are individuals who have benn admitted to the U.S. to participate in a program of academic or vocational study at a specified educational institution.

Refugee/Asylee - Refugees are individuals who have been admitted to the U.S. as a Refugee and may apply for an adjustment of their status to permanent resident after one year. Asylees are individuals who been allowed to remain in the U.S. after seeking asylum and may apply for an adjustment of their status to permanent resident after one year.

Others are individuals who reside in the U.S. under some other provision other than those listed above.

Unknown are individuals for which the citizenship data was either unknown or not collected.

The By Uninformed Goal table displays the goals of the students at the time they were uninformed. Uninformed is the goal that the student identified as they entered college. The goal categories may be self-explanatary but they will be defined here to ensure the meaning of each goal.

Degree + Transfer - This category is for those individuals who wanted to obtain an associate degree and transfer to a 4 year institution.

Undecided - Those individuals who are undecided on a goal.

Transfer, no degree - Individuals whose goal is to transfer to a 4 year institution without an associate degree.

Acquire job skills - Individuals preparing for a new career.

Degree, no transfer - Individuals whose goal is to obtain an associate degree without transferring.

Formulate career interests - Individuals who want to discover and/or formulate career interests, plans, and/or goals.

Update jobskills - Individuals whose goal is to advance in their current job/career.

Educational development - Individuals whose goal is to ehance themselves intellectually or culturally.

Basic Skills - Individuals whose goal is to improve their basic skills in English, reading or math.

Vocational certificate - Individuals whose goal is to earn a vocational certificate without a transfer.

Uncollected - Individuals whose goal was uncollected or unreported.

Vocational degree, no transfer - Individuals whose goal is to obtain a vocational degree without a transfer.

Complete GED - Individuals whose goal is to complete credits for a high school diploma or the Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED).

Maintain License - Individuals whose goal is to maintain a certificate or license (e.g. Nursing, Real Estate).

The By Informed (Matric) Goal table displays the data by the individuals Informed goal. An Informed goal is when the individual has had time to interact with the Matriculation process. The individual has had an opportunity to review assessment results, or received other matriculation services, which have helped the individual to understand the necessary requirements needed to achieve a stated goal. The Informed goals are exactly the same as the Uninformed goals with the addition of one additonal category,

Not Applicable - This category is for Individuals who are exempt from the matricualtion process. (This category is not available in the Uninformed Goal because the individuals had not yet received any matriculation services.)

The Cohort report is available by individual college and at a statewide level. The tables are from the 1996 expanded SRTK Cohort.
 

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