PCC improves its ranking in degree awarding, makes more top-100 lists
Photos and Story by James Hill
Portland Community College ranked in the top-100 of nine associate’s degree producer lists in the recently released Community College Week’s annual Top 100 Associate Degree Producers Special Report. That is up from the college ranking in eight categories in 2012.
PCC was No. 22 in the nation in awarding associate’s degrees overall, based on 2011-2012 data compiled by the newspaper. The college moved up three places from last year when it ranked No. 25 overall and two places among community colleges to 11th. The report by Community College Week serves as a report card for the nation’s community colleges on how well they are serving various populations and where they stand among their peers. The data is gleaned from analysis of information provided to the newspaper by the U.S. Department of Education.
According to Community College Week, it also serves as a barometer for President Barack Obama and his 2009 American Graduation Initiative, which aims to boost graduation rates, create access and strengthen infrastructure of the nation’s community colleges. Below are the rankings where PCC made the top-100 in associate’s degrees awarded to certain groups and areas (ranking last year):
- 99th in all disciplines for minority students (94th).
- 11th in all disciplines for non-minorities (15th).
- 39th in all disciplines for American Indians (69th).
- 37th in all disciplines for Asian Americans (33rd).
- 17th in Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities (18th).
- 38th in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (45th).
- 29th in Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related fields (not ranked).
- 23rd in Precision Production (not ranked).
Interested in reading the special report? You can view it at the Community College Week Website.