Understanding Who Our Students Are
Any time you teach at a new institution, it can take some time to get to know the general level of preparedness of students, the culture, and characteristics of the student population. To give you an initial start, talk with your department chair about your proposed course materials, schedule, and syllabus. He or she can give you a sense of whether the academic level is appropriate for our typical students. Here are some “fast facts” about our students (more are available here): Demographic Data (Charts are based off of 2014-15 School Year Data):
The vast majority of our students hail from either Linn or Benton County, with only a small number of out of state or foreign students. In fact, over 30% of all college-bound high school graduates in Linn or Benton counties end up here in their first quarter out of high school!
The average age of a full-time student at LBCC is 25, and the bulk of our students are between the ages 18 and 25. However, our older student population is growing faster than in past years, so expect to have some more experienced students in your classes.
How our students feel about LBCC (Data from the 2014 Community College Survey of Student Engagement)
Other Things to Know About Our Students
As at many community colleges, many of our students juggle work and family responsibilities along with school. Not many graduate/transfer within three years (about 30%).
About 70% of our new students test into at least one developmental (remedial) subject, most commonly math. See our section on working with first-year first-term students.