TCC Ranked #1 In Nation For Producing AA Degrees


By: Lanetra Bennett
June 28, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Community College is ranked number one in graduating students with Associate in Arts degrees in the nation.

Tallahassee Community College student Todderick Roberts is about to leave TCC and become a statistic.

The statistic that says TCC produces the most Associate Degrees than any other two-year college in the nation.

Roberts says, "It's really showing that they actually care for the students and they actually want to see them improve and be successful in life."

The ranking comes from "Community College Week's" annual Top 100 report.

TCC administrators say it's the quality education and student services offered that put TCC on top.

Administrators also cite their excellent articulation agreements with other institutions, saying TCC transfers the largest percentage of students than any other state college.

Alice Maxwell with Tallahassee Community College says, "We have counselors from other universities who come to us on a regular basis and meet with our students to advise them to make sure that they're taking the right classes at the right time to then transfer over into the university."

Administrators say 80 percent of TCC A.A. graduates in 2010-11 continued their education in a state post-secondary university. They also say the college is the number one transfer school to FAMU and FSU.

Administrators say 177 students transferred to FAMU and 1,171 students transferred to FSU.

In the 2013 report, TCC also earned the number one ranking in awarding associate degrees to African American students, and 17th in awarding A.A.'s to all minority categories.

Roberts says he's transferring to FSU once he completes his A.A. at TCC in December.


Press Release: TCC

Among 2-year colleges, TCC ranked #1 in the nation in producing A.A. degrees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 26, 2013) – Community College Week has released its annual Top 100 analysis, and among 2-year colleges, Tallahassee Community College is ranked #1 nationally in graduating students with A.A. degrees, also known as transfer/general studies degrees. The report, based on the 2011-2012 academic year, again shows that Tallahassee Community College remains one of America’s top associate degree producers—demonstrating TCC’s commitment to student success.

“These numbers help quantify the great things happening at TCC,” said Dr. Jim Murdaugh, president of TCC. “We’re thrilled to see these rankings because they confirm that students at TCC are reaching their goals—graduating with a degree or certificate and moving on to a university or directly into the workforce.”

In the 2013 report, TCC earned a national ranking in multiple categories alongside other 2-year institutions:

Ranked 1st in the nation in Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degrees (degree used to transfer to 4-year institutions)—referred to as “Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, & Humanities” degrees in the report. TCC awarded 3,006 A.A. degrees.
Ranked 5th in awarding associate degrees to African American students. TCC graduated 705 African American students.
Ranked 11th in awarding associate degrees to non-minorities students. TCC awarded 1,913 associate degrees to non-minority students.
Ranked 15th in awarding degrees in Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences. TCC graduated 57 students in the human sciences area.
Ranked 17th in awarding associate degrees to all minority categories. TCC awarded 1,214 associate degrees to minority students.
The data are collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS) completions survey.

The analysis is limited to institutions that are eligible for participation in Title IV programs—which encompass all federal financial aid—located in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. To be Title IV eligible, an institution must be accredited by either a regional or specialized accreditation agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

To see Community College Week’s complete report, visit their website at www.ccweek.com.


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