Profiles of Community and Technical Colleges Survey

Instructions & Definitions

The survey is meant to capture information about engineering technology programs in the United States not captured in other national surveys. The survey consists of 8 worksheets in a spreadsheet.  The program names filled in for sheet II will populate the remaining sheets. Sheets III to VIII can be completed in any order.

Our sampling universe is all community and technical colleges in the United States that have at least one active engineering technology program awarding certificates or associates degrees. We are interested in collecting information specifically for engineering technology and adjacent programs.

  Section Description Note
I Definitions Provides key word definitions for terms used in the survey
II Program Directory Information List of all engineering technology programs and their associated personnel contact information (To Be Completed First)
III Program Structure Details for each program and how it’s structured
IV Industry Recognized Credentials Detail which industry credentials are applicable for programs
V Enrollment How many students are enrolled in each program by full/part time students, gender, and race/ethnicity as of November 1, 2023 (Fall 2023 Enrollment)
VI Completions How many students completed each program by gender and race/ethnicity (For July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023)
VII Faculty How many full-time and part-time faculty are associated with each program as of November 1, 2021
VIII Other Information Other information requested about the survey and school

While we ask that participants fill in as much information as possible, we understand that some information may not be available to program directors.  Minimal completion in the survey requires completion of Sections II to IV and VIII.

Please do not delete rows/add rows or add notes to the cells. Our data ingestion process assumes a structure and doing these things will cause the process to fail.

Some portions of data may require asking your institutional research office for information (or the office at your institution that submits federal surveys).

The data collection is meant to align with IPEDS (the federal higher education data collection) definitions whenever possible, but see all definitions listed below.

II. Program Directory Information

This instrument is targeting programs reported to IPEDS as under the CIP code of 15.00 (i.e. engineering technology). If an institution chooses to do so, we allow the reporting of both engineering- and computing-related technology programs due to the disciplinary overlap these programs have with sub-disciplines of engineering technology programs.

When reporting on non-credit programs, only do so in an engineering technology (or an adjacent) field.

Please also report all baccalaureate degree programs in engineering technology awarded by your institution.

Program Name: The name of the program aligned as closely as possible with online or marketing materials. This field will populate the program name on subsequent sheets.

Program Type: If a degree program, select the type of program, and if certificate, select “certificate”. This should align with how the program is marketed to students and referred to in online/marketing materials and the credential awarded by the institution.

Listed below are the types of degree programs:

Certificate (For-credit)
Non-Credit Program
Associate of Science
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Science and Technology
Associate of Arts
Associate of Engineering Science
Associate of Engineering Technology
Associate of General Studies
Associate of Industrial Technology
Associate of Pre-Engineering
Other Associate Degree
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering
Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Arts,
Bachelor of Applied Technology
Other Bachelor Degree

If there is no individual for the following personnel, please leave the field black. 

Director/Lead: The staff lead for the program and contact information.

Director/Lead Email: Email address of the program director or lead.

Admissions Contact Name: The admissions contact where inquiries should be addressed for the program.

Admissions Contact Email: Email address of admissions contact

Industry Contact Name: The staff industry liaison, if applicable, where inquiries should be addressed.

Industry Contact Email: Email address of industry contact

III. Program Structure

The objective of this section is to collect information for each program offered at the institution and provide a list of contacts for admissions and industry contacts.

CIP Discipline: The CIP Code that completions are reported to IPEDS for. If students in these programs are not reported to IPEDS, select “Not Reported”. Federal CIP codes are here:

Math Prerequisites for Program: Select the math level that matches most closely with the courses listed below that are required to enroll in program:

College Algebra

Industrial Math

Technical Math

Pre-calculus (including trigonometry)


Statistics and Probability

Quantitative Reasoning



Math Requirements for Program: Select math courses that are required to complete the program (this does not include elective courses):

College Algebra

Industrial Math

Technical Math

Pre-calculus (including trigonometry)


Statistics and Probability

Quantitative Reasoning


Accredited: If the program is accredited by a Department of Education approved program area accrediting agency (e.g. ABET), separate from institutional accreditation or the regional (geographical) accrediting agency (e.g. SACSCOC, NECHE, etc.), select “Yes”; otherwise, “No”

Agency (if accredited): List the agency that has accredited the program. If multiple agencies, separate by a semi-colon (“;”).

Number of hours: The minimum number of credit hours required to complete the program.

Stackable: Certificate or program part of a larger (and longer) program leading to another certificate or degree.

Transfer: Binary variable indicating whether or not there is a formal transfer agreement in place for graduate of the program with another post-secondary institution.

Name of Institutions with Transfer Agreement: Provide the names of up to three institutions which represent where the largest number of the program students transfer. A list of institutions, separated by a semi-colon, with transfer agreements in place for graduates of this program.

IV. Industry Recognized Credentials

Name of Industry Recognized Credential (IRC): Full name (spelled out, no abbreviations) of IRC.

Program: The program for which the IRC is used. If more than one program, repeat the row for each program.

Type: A license is issued by a government organization. A certification is issued by an industry, trade or professional organization.

Optional: Indicate whether applying for the IRC is required or optional as part of the program.

Section V-VII: Enrollment, Completions and Faculty


The total number of students enrolled in each program (by race/ethnicity and gender). A Part-time student is a student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter hours or less than 24 clock hours a week each term. A Full-time student is a student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits or 12 or more quarter credits or 24 or more clock hours a week each term.

These should be reported for the Fall 2023 session/term as of November 1, 2023.


Degrees or certificates awarded between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.


Full-Time Instructional Faculty: Number of full-time faculty who provide instruction for the program.

Part-Time Instructional Faculty: Number of part-time faculty who provide instruction for the program.

Part-Time Instructional FTE: Establish the institution’s full-time teaching load (FTL). Next, sum ALL credit hours taught by ALL part-time instructors WITHIN each program. Divide the total credit hours taught by the programs part-time instructors by the FTL. The result is the FTE. (For each program: FTE = credit hours taught by PT instructors / FTL)

You may report duplicates (i.e. a person could be reported for more than one program).

These should be reported as of November 1, 2023.

VII. Other Information

How is the academic term organized at your institution? (This helps interpret the hours reported for the program structure– are they quarter hours, etc.): Semester, Trimester, Quarter or Other.

In order to understand the completeness of your submission, please respond to the following:

Did you report data all for-credit engineering technology programs? Yes/No

Did you report data all for-credit engineering programs? Yes/No

Did you report data all for-credit computing programs? Yes/No

Are there data points requested that you were unable to provide? Yes/No

If yes, which data points were you unable to provide and why:

General Definitions

The definitions below are aligned with the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Education System (IPEDS) when applicable in order to reduce reporting burden and increase data consistency.

Credit hour. A unit of measure representing the equivalent of an hour (50 minutes) of instruction per week over the entire term. It is applied toward the total number of credit hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

Program: A program is a collection of courses, labs or instructional units leading to a degree or certificate.

Certificate: A formal award certifying the satisfactory completion of a postsecondary education program.

Associate Degree: An award that normally requires at least 2 but less than 4 years of full-time equivalent college work.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: An award that requires completion of an organized program of study beyond the bachelor’s. It is designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree, but does not meet the requirements of a master’s degree.

Industry Recognized Credential (IRC): An industry-recognized credential is a verification of an individual’s qualification or competence. A third party with authority (U.S. Department of Labor, 2010) issues a credential. Industry-recognized credentials are valued in the labor market and are a validation of knowledge and skill.


Gender, Race/Ethnicity

The reporting of headcounts for enrolled and graduated students by race/ethnicity+ and discipline is aligned with the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Education System (IPEDS) definitions in order to reduce reporting burden on institutions.

American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as “Haitian” or “Negro” can be used in addition to “Black or African American.”

Hispanic or Latino*: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, “Spanish origin,” can be used in addition to “Hispanic or Latino.”

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Nonresident alien: A person who is not a citizen or a national of the United States and who is in this country on a visa or temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely.

Two or more: Any person who reported themselves as belonging to more than one of the race categories. These individuals should only be counted in this field and not any of the race categories.

*Hispanic/Latino includes individuals of any race who identify as Hispanic or Latino. The five race categories include only persons who reported one of those fields as their sole race and did not report Hispanic/Latino ethnicity.

+Nonresident aliens should not be included in any of the race or ethnicity fields.

Gender: This should be reported to ASEE as it would be reported to the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Education System (IPEDS) survey. Gender for individuals (student or faculty) which is non-binary, another gender or unknown would be reported in a category (male or female) selected by the institution. Institutions should include counts for all individuals in the required cells.