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State Tech selected as one of top 10% in the country

Earlier this week, the Aspen Institute selected State Technical College of Missouri as one of the 120 best community colleges in the nation. 

In its first step to identify the nation’s best community colleges and award $1 million in prize money, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program selected State Tech and 119 other community colleges in the nation, challenging each to compete for the prize funds to be announced in December 2011.

“It is an honor to be selected by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 120, two-year institutions in the nation,” said State Tech President Dr. Donald Claycomb.  “This ranking is a tribute to the faculty and staff at State Tech who continually deliver outstanding results.”

With this selection State Tech is eligible to submit an additional application for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.   State Tech must demonstrate that it delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions and uses that information to continually improve over time.

State Tech is ranked first in retention with fall-to-fall retention rate of 77% compared to other Missouri two-year public institutions.   The college also ranked first in graduation rates among Missouri two-year public institutions with a 60% graduation rate.  In recent years, State Tech has also been recognized by Community College Week as one of the 50 fastest growing public two year institutions in the nation.

State Tech and the other 119 community colleges will be narrowed to eight-to-ten finalists by September.  The Aspen Institute will conduct site visits to each of the finalists in the fall and based on the evidence will select a grand prize winner and two-to-three runners-up.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses.  The program promotes high standards for learning, college completion without delay and colleges serving as a training ground for jobs that pay competitive wages.

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  STC has three locations in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.      

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