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All schools that receive Title IV Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grants, Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Work Study, etc.) are required to inform students each year of graduation rates at their school. Rates are calculated based on 150% of the time that it would take to earn a degree (students seeking a 2-year degree would be tracked for 3 years to be counted in the graduation rate cohort).


Student achievement (including retention, graduation, transfer, and employment rates) is important to ECC. Student cohort retention rates are tracked and reported to the National Center for Education Statistics via the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) each spring. The most recent IPEDS submission reports on the fall-to-fall retention rate of fall 2021 first-time, full-time students. The fall 2021 IPEDS cohort consisted of 217 students; 107students (52 percent) of the cohort enrolled during fall 2022 (graduates included). 

The 150% (three-year) graduation rate is also reported via IPEDS. For Ellsworth Community College degree-seeking students who first entered, full-time, in the fall of 2019, 29 percent graduated within 150 percent of normal completion time; the transfer rate for the fall 2019 cohort was 32 percent. Student-athletes who first entered on a full-time basis during fall 2019 had a graduation rate of 29 percent. 


Campus crime statistics are available through the Dean of Student Affairs’ Office (Gentle Student Center, room 223) and Provost’s Office (Gentle Student Center, room 220) or by going to http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator and searching for Ellsworth Community College.

The most current ECC security and fire safety data can be viewed here: IVCCD Annual Security & Fire Safety Report; a printed copy may be requested through the Dean of Student Affairs’ Office.

Ellsworth Community College takes seriously the safety of its students and guests. We have a separate web page devoted to information about Title IX, which pertains to sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence, stalking and related crimes.


Public institutions of higher education shall protect the first amendment rights of the institution’s students, staff, and faculty and shall establish and publicize policies that prohibit institutional restrictions and penalties based on protected speech, including political speech, to the fullest extent required by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In accordance with House File (HF) 744, which was signed into law by Governor Reynolds on May 20, 2021, Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) established Board Policy #105 (Freedom of Speech and Expression) to comply with the Iowa law to protect speech and expression at public institutions of higher education.

The primary function of an institution of higher education is the discovery, improvement, transmission, and dissemination of knowledge by means of research, teaching, discussion, and debate. To fulfill this function, the institution must strive to ensure the fullest degree of intellectual freedom and free expression allowed under the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This policy is made and published by the District to prohibit intellectual restrictions and penalties based on protected speech, including political speech, to the fullest extent of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

IVCCD shall be providing annual training to the District’s students, staff, and faculty on free speech under the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States.  This training will be offered as a self-paced course.  Students will access the course through Canvas.  Faculty and staff will access the course through PayCor.  Additional information on accessing this course will be provided in the near future.



Iowa Valley Community College District and Ellsworth Community College desire to resolve student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. ECC students residing outside of the state of Iowa while attending classes who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the College’s grievance procedure as identified in the Student Handbook.

The College believes in maintaining an educational environment that is positive and productive for its students. Occasionally, a student may claim that he or she has experienced an alleged violation, misinterpretation, or misapplication of IVCCD Board policies, rules and regulations; or has been unfairly treated by an IVCCD employee or another student; or that the contractual relationship between the student and IVCCD has been breached. When these situations arise, students should follow the Student Grievance Procedure. For all other complaints and feedback, the student should follow the Student Feedback/Complaint Procedure. Forms are found in the Dean of Student Affairs’ office as well as here:

Access to an appeal as defined within College policies and procedures, but no more than 5 business days after the sanctioning decision. If students feel that they have been disciplined unfairly or if they wish to appeal some other decision that they consider to be unjustified, unfair or a violation of student rights, then the student should appeal that decision. An appeal is not granted in cases where there is disagreement with a College policy or procedure. In those cases, students should file a complaint with the appropriate department, but the sanction will not be contested. Appeal forms are located in the Dean of Student Affairs office as well as here:

In the event that a complaint cannot be satisfied through one of these avenues, the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (ICSAC) is authorized to receive and review complaints from students. Students may contact ICSAC to register a complaint at 877-272-4456 or register a complaint online at https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/StudentComplaintForm. If an issue cannot be resolved through ICSAC, you may file a complaint with either the Iowa Department of Education (515-281-0319) or the Higher Learning Commission (https://www.ncahlc.org/; ph. 312-263-0456).


IVCCD believes in maintaining an educational environment that is positive and productive for its constituencies. Because feedback, complaints, and grievances are used to improve District services, processes, and procedures, communication between the constituent and the District is important and expected; therefore, anonymous forms are not accepted.

Constituent feedback and complaints are important to the improvement of District services. Feedback or complaints that are unrelated to a student grievance should follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Constituent Feedback/Complaint Form. The feedback/complaint should pertain to a circumstance that occurred within the past 12 months. Feedback/complaints about circumstances that happened more than 12 months ago may or may not be valuable, and will not be considered actionable.
  2. Submit the form. The form includes checkboxes for the constituent to indicate a) whether s/he wants to discuss the issue with a District representative and b) whether s/he would like to receive any verbal or written response to the feedback/complaint. Instructions for submitting the form are included on the form.
  3. If the constituent is dissatisfied after submitting the form, s/he should contact the member of the District’s Strategic Leadership Team with oversight over the relevant area to discuss the Constituent Feedback/Complaint Form in person. After the resolution, all feedback and complaints, including the outcomes, are documented and shared with the Administrative Leadership Team to analyze and improve processes.

Constituents with concerns about the District’s ability to meet the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Criteria for Accreditation may submit a complaint to the Higher Learning Commission (https://www.hlcommission.org/Student-Resources/complaints.html).


It is the policy of the Iowa Valley Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status.

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact the Vice President of Administration, serving as the District Equity Officer, 3702 S. Center Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158, 800-284-4823, Equity@iavalley.edu, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

Retaliation against any individual for reporting discrimination or assisting in providing information relevant to a report of discrimination is strictly prohibited by IVCCD and constitutes a violation of this policy.


At IVCCD/Ellsworth Community College, semester hours of undergraduate credit across all disciplines and departments are awarded by the “Carnegie Unit” method. A semester credit hour is normally granted for satisfactory completion of one 55-minute session of classroom instruction per week for a semester of 15 weeks. This basic measure may be adjusted proportionately to reflect modified academic calendars and formats of study. A semester credit hour is an academic unit earned for 15 55-minute sessions of classroom or direct faculty instruction or its equivalent with a normal expectation of two hours of outside study for each class session.

All IVCCD distance learning classes have an on-campus version of the course whereby the amount of instruction, course objectives, and learning outcomes are equivalent between modes of delivery. Learning objectives are determined, organized, and evaluated by our faculty annually per course. Comparisons of course syllabi for distance vs. on-campus sections of a course have equivalent learning standards. For a distance learning class, while there is no “seat requirement,” there is a normal expectation of three hours of outside study per week for each semester credit hour during the typical 15 weeks of the course.


  1. One on-campus class credit is defined as: 1 class hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction per week and a minimum of 2 class hours of out-of-class student work each week.
  2. One distance learning or hybrid class credit is defined as: an equivalent amount of instruction and student work leading to equivalent learning outcomes, as required for the on-campus class as defined above.
  3. One laboratory credit is defined as a minimum of 2 class hours of work each week in a laboratory under the supervision of a lab supervisor/instructor and an expectation of 1 class hour of additional out-of-class student work each week.
  4. Online courses with one laboratory credit taught via distance learning require the equivalent learning outcomes/lab experiences as required for the on-campus lab, but with a normal expectation of 3 hours of student work each week (usually handled through laboratory kits purchased by the student).
  5. One clinical or internship or practicum credit is defined as a minimum of 4 class hours of work each week in a laboratory or work setting under the supervision of a lab supervisor/instructor and an expectation of 1 class hour of additional out-of-class student work each week.

Additional ECC Consumer Information

The U.S. Department of Education requires that all colleges annually provide notice regarding the availability of the consumer information listed below. Please contact the department responsible with questions, concerns or requests for paper copies.


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Iowa Valley Community College District reserves the right to take photographs or videos of faculty, staff, and students engaged in teaching, research, clinical practices, intercollegiate athletics, student activities, and other activities, as well as casual and portrait photography or videography. These photographs and videos may be used as part of marketing and promotional efforts including (but not limited to) advertisements, news/feature stories, publications (e.g., catalogs, brochures, posters, etc.), website images, social media posts, recruitment activities, and other promotional purposes serving IVCCD and/or its units.

Classes are photographed only with the permission of the instructor, and students will be given the opportunity not to be featured. Photographs and video files will be kept in the files and archives of IVCCD as deemed appropriate and will remain available for use by the District without time limitations or restrictions.

Faculty, staff, and students are made aware by virtue of this policy that the District reserves the right to alter photography and videography for creative purposes. Faculty, staff, and students who do not want to be in District photographs or videography as described in this policy should contact the IVCCD Marketing Director.

IVCCD employees, students, and community members are advised that photographs and videography taken in public places and at public events do not require signatures or authorization for publication. IVCCD has no control over the use of photographs or videography taken by third parties, including (without limitation) the news media covering College activities and events.



Employees are available during normal operating hours (Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm) to help prospective students, current students, and current and prospective employees obtain consumer information.