Academic/career counseling services
Placement services for program completers
On-campus day care for children of students
Credit for advanced placement
Formal adult program
Off campus study: University of Kentucky
Off campus study: other area colleges
Part-time degree programs
Services for learning disabilities
If students come back for a second year, that suggests they are satisfied and able to succeed. The schools with satisfied freshmen should score above that dark gray 50% mark.
How many people transfer out of Ashland Community and Technical College within 8 years of entering? If you're considering a school with lots of transfers, be sure to find out why it was a bad fit for so many other students!
Across the country, graduation rates are surprisingly low. In fact, Forbes Magazine suggests that they are unacceptably low. However, from another point of view, sometimes graduation rates simply reflect the relative preparation of the students who enter. Colleges with a mission to help people coming from less advantaged backgrounds, such as first-generation and low-income students, may have low graduation rates despite relatively strong outcomes for students who face many obstacles to success. Without the context provided in these views of completion rates, it can be tricky to separate predatory schools that take financial advantage of under-prepared students from those that are actively seeking to encourage and help those students.
For the consumer choosing a school, once you have narrowed your list to those schools that you can afford and that seem likely to admit you, consider the outcome measures in this section and choose the specific measures that best describe your plans. Very simply, schools with high graduation rates and high loan repayment rates will likely give you the best opportunity to succeed.
We took a close look lagging success for students with financial need in a case study. Here's a chance to compare schools based on student successes with a better appreciation of how circumstances may impact success. One word of caution: the statistics for some categories may consist of only a handful of students -- see the details by hovering or long-pressing on the bars.
Even if you don't need financial aid, the ability of past students to successfully repay loans speaks to the value of the education received.
This snapshot shows the status of students in their federal loan repayments in 2016, having departing from the school in 2012. The green wedges are the alumni in good standing, so look for a school with lots of green!
How does the percentage of students who fill those green wedges at Ashland Community and Technical College compare to other schools? The interactive bars below show you the distribution of how alumni at other schools are doing.
The blue curve shows the earnings of this school's alumni -- so a high curve indicates this school is setting its students up for success!
How might your earnings compare with other people your age? Opportunity Insights used IRS data to track almost every person born in the US in the years 1980 to 1991, and they ranked the mean (average) 2014 earnings of students who attended Ashland Community and Technical College in comparison to all people in the US the same age. Although this data is now a little old, the scope of this project was awesome and gives us a glimpse at alumni performance that we cannot find until a new study of this incredible magnitude is performed.
You might notice a little earnings dip at young ages for some of the top bachelor's institutions. This coincides with the years that many alumni may be in graduate school and earning less.
We may wonder if, as a result of attending a given college, we will have a better chance for higher earnings. Opportunity Insights sought to answer this question by following the wealth story of every student for whom income information was available.
Opportunity Insights studied groups of all children born in the US in the same year for each birth year from 1980 to 1991. This grouping included every single US child who had a valid SSN or ITIN (tax identification number) and could be linked to parents with non-negative income.
The incomes of all families in a birth year group are measured when the child is 15-19 and these incomes are averaged. The calculated incomes from all families in the group were arranged from smallest to largest, and divided into five groups of equal size. On the left of the diagram, you can see the relative distribution of Ashland Community and Technical College's students between the family income divided into fifths formed by looking at the entire US group.
In 2014, all people from the same birth year were divided into a new set of five groups that were determined by their individual labor earnings for that year. The students from this birth year who primarily attended Ashland Community and Technical College between the ages of 19 and 22 were divided into these five groups, and the percent in each group is shown on the right of the diagram.
The diagram lets you see the proportion in each original income group who travel to each earnings group, and provides some insight into the likelihood of financial success after attendance.
If you'd like to understand the nitty gritty details of this interesting data, be sure to check out the well-written Opportunity Insights report by selecting SOURCES under the figure.
Opportunity Insights came up with an overall measure of how much individual colleges contribute to economic mobility by creating a mobility rating. Colleges offering both access to and economic success for low-income students receive a high rating.
Below, we can see the percentage from each initial family wealth group who attend this college, and also the alumni's relative wealth later. Do students entering college from the bottom twenty percent of family income end up making it to a higher level? Do the top twenty percent stay at the top? Follow the colors, left to right, and see for yourself.
Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.
Here's an opportunity to explore the faculty's diversity. For many schools, attracting a diverse teaching faculty can be a challenge. It's important to judge their success with the reality check of what their peer schools have accomplished.
Who might be attending school with you? We'll look at what degrees most students have received, whether they are on campus or online, a little about their path, and the overall student body size. Our aim is to give some idea of what the campus culture might be.
This donut chart shows you what degrees were awarded by Ashland Community and Technical College last year, and gives you a good idea of this school's focus. Make sure this school's focus matches your goals.
There are performance problems with many online-focused schools -- you can read about this in an Ididio case study, but you may want some online options to give you greater flexibility.
You will be most happy at a school with a large number of students who are like you, whether that's someone who enters right out of high school, or someone who is transferring, or someone who isn't ready to work towards a degree.
Another breakdown that can help is a view of the student body size. Here we show student counts, including part-time versus full-time students. If the proportion of students that best describes you is relatively small, then is it possible that another school might be better-prepared to meet your needs?
The NPR article A Campus More Colorful Than Reality: Beware That College Brochure emphasizes the importance of judging a school's diversity based on solid data as promotional materials are eager to suggest a multicultural student body.
Student race is only categorized for non-international students, and international students are listed separately.
The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.
There are multiple outside factors that can affect the gender balance of students recruited by schools. As an example, within less-affluent families higher education is more frequently attained by women than by men, a phenomenon explored in the Atlantic. Therefore, schools serving lower-income populations may be more likely to see a gender imbalance. On the other hand, some colleges may offer predominantly degrees that are stereotypically associated with a single gender, affecting the ratio of men to women accordingly.
It's not surprising that colleges in general have a greater percentage of students from wealthy families than from poor families. Although nationally 20% of families earn at least $110,200, at Ashland Community and Technical College, this percentage is 11%. Similarly, while nationally 20% of families earn $19,800 or less, at Ashland Community and Technical College 21% are in this bottom quintile.
Compare student wealth at the extremes to other schools in the context group.
In the folders below, you can explore your options for study. The folders are grouped and colored by broad field, and you can see the number of students who have completed degrees in each field by following the colors in our chart showing graduations. You can...
Most schools publish tuition rates that give them room to offer both scholarships and financial aid where applicable. Your best guess at what you might pay is to see what others with similar family incomes have paid. A more tailored and accurate estimate is available at this school's net price calculator.
With their net price calculators, many colleges and universities give an idea of what merit-based aid might accompany need-based aid. For schools that share such data, we also provide financial aid data in the Finanical Aid sections.
There are some caveats to consider when using the net price estimates:
You can get a little better guess at what you would pay by using this school's net price calculator.
The donut, based on 292 full-time first-time degree seeking students at Ashland Community and Technical College, shows the percentage of those who received any financial aid (including merit-based scholarships), subdivided by family income.
Let's look over the past few years at what in-state freshmen who received any financial aid actually paid for tuition, fees, books, and living expenses on average, and how that compares to the in-state tuition usually paid for other public universities in your context group.
See how this school's published costs have changed over the year, and how their cost trends compare with other public schools.
It's important to remember that a school's published costs may not be indicative of what it will actually cost to attend. Time magazine wrote about this in their article Yes, you can get a college to cut its tuition price. Nonetheless, this inflation-adjusted look at the historic annual costs for tuition, fees, books, and supplies can give you an idea of the costs you might expect in the coming years. Comparing the total costs inclusive of room and board (if applicable) with the annual net price estimates in the previous tab will help you determine the financial aid package to expect.
Private and public universities' charges are difficult to compare due to the in-state and out-of-state price differences of public universities, and therefore we only compare Ashland Community and Technical College to other public schools within your chosen context group.
Here's a quick summary of costs to attend Ashland Community and Technical College. You will find the most up-to-date information at their website for admissions. The costs below are for out-of-state students, and you can switch by clicking the other button.
Understanding the rules and process that determine who gets financial aid can be intimidating. Here are some quick links to help:
Visit Ashland Community and Technical College's Net Price Calculator for the most accurate estimate of your anticipated costs. Every school publishes a Net Price Calculator that does its best to give you a fair estimate of what you might expect to pay. Many calculators consider your high school record as part of the calculation. This will be far more accurate than any of the averages or published tuition values that you see here.
FederalStudentAid, a government site that will walk you through the federal financial aid process. There are a number of kinds of student loans and other aid, and this site can walk you through all of the choices you will need to make.
Institution's financial aid form
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
Check out the number of disciplinary actions (implemented within the school) and arrests (implemented by law enforcement external to the school). Ashland Community and Technical College employs the following safety measures on their campus: 24-hour emergency telephone/alarm devices, 24-hour patrol by trained security personnel, late-night transportation/escort services, and electronic surveillance of bookstore and business office.
There are very few offenses classified as criminal at most schools. For clarity, we omitted statistics for the most rare crimes, such as murder or manslaughter, and combined sex-related crimes (whose precise names and definitions have changed over time) as well as burglaries and robberies.
This school does not report any housing for students.
If you are a veteran, it's worth digging around to find a military-friendly campus. We think this article about how colleges might help veterans might be a good starting point for questions to ask the Admissions office before you choose to attend. It's also good to be aware that many for-profit schools are behaving as predators, hungry for GI Bill dollars. Watching out for those schools is no different for veterans than for all students: judge very critically using our "Student Satisfaction and Success" tab for undergraduate programs. We wish we had the same data to support graduate programs; however, we think the undergraduate data is a good starting point for judging overall quality.
Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.
Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.
The main focus in this section is an analysis of the financial stability of Ashland Community and Technical College. However, as a public institution, Ashland Community and Technical College doesn't follow the same rules of survival as private institutions. Even if a public college or university closes, we think it's highly likely that you would be presented with multiple good options for transferring your credits fully at a different state institution. The only measure that we believe is likely to impact you is a high dependence on state appropriations.
Appropriations are monies provided by local, state, or federal governments generally intended to be applied towards annual operating expenses -- your tax dollars at work! Such state-level funding is what makes public institutions affordable for in-state students. If a school has a high proportion of its budget from appropriations, then it is especially vulnerable to the whims of the government. If you want to see an example of this, check out the public schools in Illinois, whose elected officials decided they wanted to drastically reduce spending on education. The context schools here consist only of public and private-not-for profit schools; for-profit institutions do not report on this category of funding.
Ashland Community and Technical College is a public school. Along with private not-for-profit schools, publicly-controlled schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.
We divided revenue and expenses for Ashland Community and Technical College into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.
Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Ashland Community and Technical College's resources by selecting from the buttons below.
Here we examine assets at Ashland Community and Technical College in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.
There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.