Iowa College Aid Insider: Teaching & Advising College-Bound Students (Feb. 2018)

Losing students on the way to college

Counselors earn certificates

College enrollment dips


Where students fall off the college track

While Iowa boasts the highest high school graduation rates in the United States, our two- and four-year college graduation rates are middle of the pack. Here are the odds of an Iowa student making it to a college degree. For every 100 high school students in Iowa, on average: 

  • 91 will graduate from high school. 
  • 61 will enroll in college. 
  • 43 will stay in college for more than a year. 
  • 40 will earn a college degree. 

Watch for more detail about Iowa’s college enrollment and attainment rates in “The 2018 Condition of Higher Education in Iowa” this spring.

Counselors earn College Access Professional Certificates

Thirteen counselors have completed a full suite of courses through the Iowa Go Alliance Academy and received the Iowa College Aid College Access Professional Certificate. The counselors are:

  • Lydia Arevalo, school counselor, Marshalltown High School
  • Abby Conrad, school counselor, Cardinal Elementary School
  • Luann Eakins, school counselor, Pekin Community School District
  • MacKenzie Gersdorf, school counselor, Valley High School
  • Nykki Miller, school counselor, Waterloo East High School
  • Chealsey Moen, school counselor, Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School District
  • Theresa Putnam Genz, college and career counselor, Columbus Community High School, Louisa-Muscatine High School, Muscatine Community College
  • Jennifer Scott, school counselor, Clarke Community High School
  • Heidi Utesch, school counselor/at-risk coordinator, Sergeant Bluff-Luton Schools
  • Jessica Wass, school counselor, Waterloo West High School 
  • Marsha Watters, school counselor, Waterloo West High School
  • Allison Peach, school counselor, Waterloo East High School
  • Karla Wymore, school counselor, Mason City High School 

The courses they completed were:

  1. Building a College-Going Culture
  2. College, Career, and Academic Planning
  3. Financial Aid and College Applications

College enrollment dipped in 2017

College enrollment in Iowa dipped by 5 percent from the fall of 2016 to the fall of 2017, driven by a significant drop in numbers at private for-profit schools. Overall college enrollment in Iowa was 243,065, down from 255,908 a year earlier and continuing a slow slide that began with the economic recovery. Regent universities have actually seen 14 percent growth since 2008. Community colleges and private not-for-profit schools have fluctuated but seen slight net losses over the decade. For-profit schools, however, saw a spike in 2010 and then a sharp, steep decline. Fall 2017 numbers were down 40 percent from the year before and down 85 percent from their 2010 peak. Iowa’s enrollment numbers mirror a national trend. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, college enrollment in the United States fell about 1 percent from fall 2016 to fall 2017. At for-profit schools, however, national enrollment was down 7 percent in that period. 

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on March 22, 2018 at 10:47am.