For the third time, Alvin Community College has been listed in the top 10 percent of community colleges in America as ranked by the Aspen Institute.
ACC was placed in the top 10 percent among 1,005 community colleges in the United States. The Aspen Institute also ranked ACC in the top 10 percent in 2011 and 2012.
"Being selected in the top 10 percent of community colleges in America for the third time is an honor and a tribute to the college faculty and staff, Board of Regents, college district residents and friends of Alvin Community College," said ACC President Rodney Allbright.
"It is this collective effort that has enabled Alvin Community College to lead and succeed, and develop strategies to improve the retention of students by utilizing new advising models and enhancing services for improved instructional delivery systems," he said.
The Aspen Institute is a nonprofit organization that works to identify and replicate campus-wide practices that significantly improve college student outcomes. ACC is now a finalist for the 2015 Aspen Prize.
The purpose of the Aspen Prize is to recognize community colleges with outstanding academic and workforce outcomes in both absolute performance and improvements over time. The institute selected ACC based on student success in retention and completion, performance improvement and performance of underrepresented minorities and institutions in low-income service areas.
Some of the data used in determining the top 10 percent status are first-year retention rates, three-year graduation and transfer rates as well as the number of certificates and degrees awarded per 100 full-time equivalent students. Other measures included data related to underrepresented minorities.
ACC's three-year graduation and transfer rate was 56 percent compared to the national average of 39 percent and the 50 percent average among the other top 10 percent colleges. The college's statistics for first-year retention rates number of certificates and degrees awarded also were ahead of the top 10 percent averages.
The data for the ranking was analyzed by policy experts, researchers, data analysts, and former college presidents with experience in community college performance and data.
ACC is now eligible for the $1 million Aspen Prize, which is awarded to the top community college in the country. The college will be judged on data that includes completion outcomes, labor market outcomes, learning outcomes and equity outcomes.
ACC is one of only four Texas colleges to be ranked in the top 10 percent three times.
For more information about ACC call 281-756-3500 or visit alvincollege.edu. To learn more about the Aspen Institute, visit aspeninstitute.org