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Mountain Empire Community College

Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (24.0101)
Associate's Degree - Transfer
Enrollment, Awards, Wages, Debt, and Other Outcomes




Liberal Arts & Sciences, Gen Stud and Hum
Program Status: Active/Approved to Enroll Students and Confer Degrees
Degree Title: AAS
2010 CIP Code: 240101

Credit HoursProgram Offered
On-Campus:YesYes
Off-Campus:YesNo

Date Progam Approved to Confer Degrees:  09/1980
Enrollments and Awards
Academic YearFall HeadcountAnnual FTEDegrees
2017-1850337792
2018-19460371101
2019-20521407107
2020-21486396146
2021-22382143110

Average time-to-completion in yearsAverage credits-to-completionAverage monthly earnings six months after graduation
$ 1,200



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The table to the right provides the degree award history of each the last five years, disaggregated by state residency. This breakout may may help explain why a relatively low percentage of program completers may appear to be working in Virginia.



Program Graduates by Domicile
YearIn-StateOut-of-StateTotal
2017-1888492
2018-191001101
2019-201061107
2020-211406146
2021-221064110
Five Year Summary54016556
Distribution by Gender and Race/Ethnicity within Five-year Totals,


YearForeign/ InternationalAfrican Am. or Black (NH)Am. Indian/ Native Am. (NH)Asian/ Pacific Islander (NH)HispanicWhite, Caucasian Am. (NH)Multi-Race (NH)Unknown/ Unreported (NH)Total
Sum of the Last 5 Years090455645302556

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Wages Earned in 2020

The table below shows the wage data for the select program and places it in the context of all wages at the same degree level of this institution by graduates with at least three (3) quarters of employment.






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Post-Completion Wage Outcomes
Graduation YearGrads (n)Grads w/Wages (n)25th PercentileMedian Wage75th Percentile
2009-10 (10 years)18142%$29,966$39,001$43,449
2011-12 (8 years)31446%$26,003$33,513$41,551
2014-15 (5 years)42655%$20,083$31,497$38,566
2016-17 (3 years)49954%$13,487$23,023$30,386
2018-19 (18 months)50156%$7,817$12,770$20,027



Student Debt of Graduates

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Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2012-13 to 2016-177414.8%$ 2,721$ 4,551$ 5,465$ 6,926
2013-14 to 2017-187114.3%$ 2,613$ 4,354$ 5,415$ 6,844
2014-15 to 2018-196913.8%$ 2,613$ 4,452$ 5,368$ 6,434
2015-16 to 2019-206011.9%$ 2,667$ 5,148$ 6,511$ 8,052
2016-17 to 2020-216311.3%$ 2,721$ 5,500$ 7,609$ 8,659
Note: Student borrowing at graduation, excludes PLUS loans, in five-year rollups. Includes all known institutionally-processed borrowing occuring at all public and nonprofit institutions in Virginia. Debt accrued outside Virginia in prior postsecondary activity is not available.
Number of Borrowers and Known Debt at Graduation, Including Parent-PLUS and Grad-PLUS
Borrowers (n)Borrowers (%)25th PercentileMedianMean75th Percentile
2012-13 to 2016-177414.8%$ 2,721$ 4,551$ 5,594$ 6,986
2013-14 to 2017-187114.3%$ 2,613$ 4,354$ 5,739$ 6,929
2014-15 to 2018-197114.2%$ 2,583$ 4,354$ 5,675$ 6,556
2015-16 to 2019-206212.3%$ 2,613$ 5,089$ 6,779$ 8,334
2016-17 to 2020-216611.8%$ 2,721$ 5,459$ 8,097$ 10,390


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