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State Technical College of Missouri named as one of top 120 in country

State Tech eligible for $1 million Aspen Institute Prize Fund

State Technical College of Missouri has once again been named as one of the nation’s 120 top community colleges, challenging the college to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
“To be in the top 10 percent in the nation two years in a row is indeed an honor,” said State Tech President Dr. Donald Claycomb.  “It is a tribute to the students, faculty and staff of State Technical College of Missouri.”
The Aspen Institute identified the 120 community colleges using a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes.
State Tech is now eligible to submit an application containing detailed data that demonstrates that the college delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions, and continually improves over time.  
State Tech and 119 other community colleges will be narrowed down to eight-to-ten finalists in September based on how much students learn, how many complete their programs on time, and how well students do in the job market after graduating.  The Aspen Institute will select a grand prize winner and four runners-up, to be announced in March 2013.

With more than 35 academic programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning.   

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