Flagstaff, Ariz. - Coconino Community College was recently ranked #33 on a list of the 50 Best Community Colleges in the United States, according to a leading higher education website.
TheBestSchools.org selected CCC based on a comparison of several studies and ratings of community colleges, as well as the College's reputation and a review of a large number of notable community colleges.
"Being recognized for the good work faculty and staff are doing, along with the students' achievements is an honor," said CCC President Dr. Leah L. Bornstein. "At CCC, our priority is to ensure our students are prepared for whatever life path they choose."
The higher learning organization cited several reasons for choosing CCC including the award-winning CCC2NAU program, which helps students transition to a four-year university.
"Under the distinguished CCC2NAU program, Coconino Community College partners with Northern Arizona University and 16 other colleges to manage transfer needs to a four-year college. The CC2NAU program earned several awards including a 2012 Lee Noel and Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award, a 2012 Outstanding Institutional Advancement Advising Program Award from the National Academic Advising Association, and the Arizona College Access Network's 2011 Pathways to Postsecondary Education Award."
Officials also identified several factors as especially significant to select the top community colleges:
Sustained Achievement Outcomes: Ongoing success in student perseverance and completion of Associate Degrees and/or transfer to four-year colleges
Learning Outcomes: Values and practices that actively engage students and require them to stretch academically; explore learning freely; pursue a variety of educational experiences and areas of study.
Deployment Outcomes: Strong rates of employment, salaries and advancement for graduates matched with workplace skill needs
Equitable Outcomes: Policies and practices that result in student diversity and success among low-income students and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American)
Cost-to-Value Outcomes: Reasonable tuition costs, access to financial aid resources and an emphasis on minimizing post-school debt.
Also mentioned was CCC's "S.T.A.R.T. and TRIO programs provide many resources to help CCC students succeed academically. CCC's Community Learning program, specializing in corporate development and professional courses, offers a six-module Leadership Academy."
In addition to TheBestSchools.org ranking, CNN Money ranked CCC #25 in its listing of the best community colleges in 2012.
Click here to see the entire TheBestSchools.org profile of the College.