AUGUST 5, 2009

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New Report Says TCC Among Top 25 Degree Producers

A new national report published in Community College Week has ranked Tulsa Community College among the top 25 colleges in the nation for number of graduates and shows TCC to be second in the nation for graduation of education students. TCC has consistently ranked among the top 3 percent of all U.S. community colleges in the past decade.

 “TCC continuously strives to make higher education attainable and affordable for anyone who desires to achieve a degree,” said Tom McKeon, TCC’s president and chief executive officer. “These numbers show that TCC is helping to increase the number of degreed individuals in our community including those groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education.”

In addition to claiming the 24th ranking by awarding 2011 degrees during the 2007-08 school year, TCC climbed to the top of the list for the number of business and marketing degrees awards (13th) and the number of education degrees awarded (2nd). Business degrees were up 8 percent from the previous year while education degrees increased by 6 percent. TCC also ranked in the top 25 percent nationally in the number of communication and journalism degrees awarded.

For the past several years, TCC has ranked second in the nation in the number of Native American students who graduate from a community college. The trend continued during the 2007-08 school year.

The data are collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set (IPEDS) completions survey. It is the analysis of the Top 100 associate degree, one-year certificate, and two-year certificate producers in the U.S. It was printed in the June 15 issue of the Community College Week newspaper.