South Texas College was one of only four community colleges in Texas during the fall semester to be recognized by the Texas Association of Business for its efforts to increase its graduation rate and help students progress through higher education in a timely manner.
STC was honored in the very large community college category with Howard Community College, Paris Junior College and Blinn College being recognized in other categories. From 2008 to 2010, the college has seen an increase of 85 percent in students earning a degree or certificate, an increase of 20 percent in the number of students transferring to a four-year university or college, and an increase of 60 percent in the number of students who earn at least 30 credit hours from the college. More than 3,200 students earned a degree or certificate from the college in May 2011.
Also, the percentage of students taking some developmental courses at the college from 2008-2010 has decreased from 62 percent of the student population to just 40 percent. The percentage of students passing a college-level math course at the college has increased by more than 700 percent.
“To be competitive and be ready for the jobs of the 21st century, Texas must be ready to train the next generation of workers, that’s why our community colleges are so valuable,” said Texas Association of Business President and CEO Bill Hammond. “These are the examples. These colleges show that change can be made, and outcomes for both students and employers can be improved.”
This article was originally featured in the Dec. 21, 2011 edition of Valley Business Report’s e-Brief. To receive the e-Brief weekly via email, subscribe here.