Southeast Community College has the eighth-highest success rate
among community colleges in the United States, according to a list
published recently on the CNNMoney website.
The website's story is titled "How does your community college
stack up?" The list of colleges was compiled by College Measures,
described as "a joint venture of the American Institutes of
Research and Matrix Knowledge Group." A chart was created for
CNNMoney to help students find the best options for college.
Collegemeasures.org used U.S. Department of Education data to
compile the list.
SCC's No. 8 ranking comes with a 76-percent success rate, which
is "based on the percentage of students that graduated within three
years or transferred to four-year colleges." During the 2010-2011
academic year, 76 percent of an Integrated Postsecondary Education
Data System cohort of first-time, full-time SCC students had
achieved their educational goals, either by earning an award at SCC
(38 percent) or transferring to a four-year institution (38
percent). There are 786 community colleges on the list.
Dr. Jack Huck, president of SCC, said that although the College
awards more Associate of Applied Science degrees than Associate of
Arts or Associate of Science, articulation agreements with
four-year schools are critical for students seeking a baccalaureate
"Each year, dating back many years, more than 90 percent
of our graduates have found employment or continued their
education," Huck said. "That's a huge selling point for the
College. If your goal is to earn a degree and start working, we
have programs that will help students reach that goal. If your goal
is to transfer credits, whether it is a few or a couple of years'
worth, we can ensure your success there also."
According to its website, College Measures focuses on using data
to drive improvement in higher education outcomes in the United
States. "We have created this partnership because we are deeply
concerned about improving higher education in the United States,
and we believe that important underlying data is underexposed and
underutilized by students, parents, policymakers, and even by
Huck said a challenge schools face is how to measure student
"We are constantly evaluated on improvement across the board,"
Huck said. "There is a push to increase graduation rates, for
getting students to complete on time and for earning degrees, to
name a few. How do you define success? Earning an associate degree
isn't always the goal of students who enroll at SCC. They want a
certain number of classes and transfer those credits to four-year
schools. Was that student successful? Absolutely. When they
transfer, I know that we helped them accomplish their goal."
The CNNMoney story began, "Not all community colleges are
created equal. Figuring out which school will give you the best
chance of transferring to a four-year college or university can be
difficult, especially since there is so little standardized
information out there."
Supplemental stories on community colleges, including "Community
college: How to avoid 'dropout factories' " and "6 tips for
choosing the best community college" can also be found on the
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