Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, is once again named as one of the top two-year colleges in the United States. The D.C.-based non-profit The Aspen Institute ranked the nation’s top community colleges based on various criteria, including graduation rate and improvement in outcomes over time. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology was one of only two colleges in Pennsylvania recognized.
Thaddeus Stevens College and 149 other community colleges announced today were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes. The formula used to select the colleges was devised by expert analysts at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in consultation with an expert advisory committee convened by the Aspen Institute. The data focus on student retention and completion, considered from three perspectives:
· Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 “full-time equivalent” students)
· Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)
· Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students)
“We are incredibly honored to be named once again among some of the nation’s top ranked colleges,” stated Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology President Dr. William Griscom. “The College has always offered a unique educational opportunity while at the same time remaining focused on our mission of helping disadvantaged students. To be recognized nationally for our mission is a clear indication the College is moving in the right direction.”
This is the third consecutive time Thaddeus Stevens College has received this honor. The list of top two-year colleges, compiled every two years, began in 2011. Thaddeus Stevens College has been named to the list in 2011, 2013 and again for 2015.
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