Wednesday, June 20, 2012

SLCC Ranked 3rd in Students with Associate Degrees

Community College Week has named Salt Lake Community College as the third most prolific producer of associate degrees in the nation.

“Salt Lake Community College’s national number three ranking is a testament to the hard work and persistence of our students, their faculty and remarkable support staff,” SLCC President Cynthia Bioteau said. “Our students are very goal oriented. About three-quarters of the students who enroll here come with plans to transfer to a four-year institution and almost all the rest come looking to move on directly to the workforce. This ranking indicates that they’re succeeding in their goals.”

This year’s Top 100 list compiled by Community College Week considers all associate degrees—without distinction between types of degree, such as associate of arts, associate of science, or associate of applied science—conferred during the 2010-11 academic year. It uses data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Post-secondary Education Data Set (IPEDS) completions survey.  The list includes all institutions from the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. IPEDS is designed to offer standardized data that are an accurate representation of completion rates among community colleges.

“Salt Lake Community College is consistently in the top-three on this list,” said SLCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Tim Sheehan. “This is a national distinction that indicates  our outstanding students and the high quality of the educational services we deliver. Even with the rapid growth that we have experienced recently, we are delighted that SLCC remains committed to our mission as a comprehensive community college and we consistently outperform massive schools with greater enrollments and vast service areas.”

“There’s nothing subjective about this ranking,” said SLCC Public Relations Director Joy Tlou. “Community College Week considers every two-year school in the country and uses empirical information taken from the most reliable source to determine which institutions produce the most degrees. In that respect, this ranking means a lot to the College because it shows, objectively, that our students are succeeding year after year.”

The results of the 2012 Top 100 list were originally published in the June 11, 2012 issue of Community College Week, and can be found online at: