HCC ranks among top community colleges in nation in awarding associate degrees

Sep 20, 2016

Houston Community College (HCC) is ranked among the top community colleges in the nation in awarding associate degrees. Community College Week magazine based the latest statistics on information from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

Among 1,905 community colleges included in the national review, HCC is ranked:

  • #1 for awarding Associate degrees to all minorities
  • #1 for awarding Associate degrees in liberal arts
  • #2 for awarding Associate degrees in all disciplines
  • #2 for awarding Associate degrees to African American students
  • #3 for awarding Associate degrees to Hispanic students
  • #4 for awarding Associate degrees to Asian students
  • #5 for awarding Associate degrees in science/science technicians
  • #5 for awarding Associate degrees in communications

Of the 5,589 two and four-year post-secondary schools that met the reporting criteria, HCC was ranked nationally as:

  • #3 for awarding Associate degrees to all minorities
  • #4 for awarding Associate degrees in liberal arts
  • #4 for awarding Associate degrees to Asian students
  • #5 for awarding Associate degrees in all disciplines
  • #5 for awarding Associate degrees to African American students
  • #5 for awarding Associate degrees in science/science technicians
  • #6 for awarding Associate degrees to Hispanic students

You can view a comprehensive list of community college rankings at ccweek.com.

HCC has also been selected as a recipient of the 2016 INSIGHT Into Diversity “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity” (HEED) Award. The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses. The HCC student population represents 151 nationalities.

The Student Loan Report has ranked HCC #3 in Best Colleges for Federal Work Study Employment, having placed 739 students in jobs through the Federal Work Study program in 2016. The average amount earned per job was $5,500.

“Our overarching goal has been to transform and position HCC as the leading institution educating Houston’s workforce,” said Dr. Cesar Maldonado, HCC chancellor. “This has required the unified efforts of administrators, faculty and staff. Our high rankings among community colleges throughout the country prove that we have been successful in achieving that objective.”

HCC Board of Trustees Chair, Dr. Adriana Tamez, acknowledged the value of partnerships in attaining these impressive rankings.

“HCC will continue to leverage its community relationships and resources to focus on student success,” said Tamez.

To learn about the programs and courses offered at Houston Community College, visit hccs.edu.


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