Faculty Handbook

Student Demographics

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 some initial help, talk with your department chair or dean about your proposed course materials, schedule, and syllabus. They can give you a sense of whether the academic level is appropriate for our typical students.  

The majority of our students come 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 come to LBCC in their first quarter out of high school. The bulk of our students are between the ages 18 and 25, but the older student population is growing faster than in past years, so expect to have some more experienced students in your classes. 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%).

Have you ever wanted to know the demographic spread of one of your classes before term starts? How about whether or not the grades you've given in a certain course are similar to the rest of the college? If the answer is yes, then you'll want to check out the Cube, hosted on the LBCC Office of Data and Decision Support website. It's full of customizable reports and visualizations designed specifically with the wants and needs of LBCC faculty in mind, with new pieces being added continually.