Alvin Community College has been listed in the top 150 community colleges in the United States as ranked by the Aspen Institute. ACC received the distinction among more than 1,000 community colleges in the United States.
The Aspen Institute also ranked Alvin Community College as a top community college in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
“We are thrilled to be selected as one of the 150 community colleges eligible for the 2019 Aspen Prize,” Alvin Community College President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht said. “Being on the list with other highly-regarded Texas Community Colleges makes the recognition even more special.”
Alvin Community College is now eligible for the $1 million Aspen Prize, which is awarded to the top community college in the country. The college will be judged on data that includes completion outcomes, labor market outcomes, learning outcomes and equity outcomes.
The Aspen Institute is a non-profit organization that works to identify and replicate campus-wide practices that significantly improve college student outcomes. The institute selected Alvin Community College based on student success in retention and completion, performance improvement, and performance of underrepresented minorities and institutions in low-income service areas.
“To be named one of the best community colleges in the nation reflects our faculty and staff’s dedication and hard work,” Board of Regents Chair Mike Pyburn said. “We are proud of Alvin Community College and the national prominence it has achieved.”
Some of the data used in determining the top 150 are first-year retention rates, three-year graduation and transfer rates as well as the number of certificates and degrees awarded per 100 full-time equivalent students. Other measures included data related to underrepresented minorities. The data for the ranking was analyzed by policy experts, researchers, data analysts and former college presidents.
Alvin Community College recently posted its highest enrollment ever with 5,746 students taking courses in the Fall 2017 semester even though more than 200 students either dropped courses or withdrew completely after being affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The college also launched its five-year Strategic Plan last year which has guided Alvin Community College’s mission to provide students with a quality education and a path to a meaningful career. The strategies developed in the plan focus on becoming a data-driven organization, facilities planning, marketing of the college, program improvements and meeting demands of the local workforce.