TCC Is Ranked Among Top 10 Minority Associate Degree Producers

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 3, 2012)

Tarrant County College is one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation for awarding degrees to minority students in three categories, according to a study to be released in the May 10 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

TCC ranked seventh in the number of Asian-American students, ninth in Hispanic students and ninth in total minority students earning associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.

“When you consider some of the additional challenges that our minority students must overcome to successfully achieve their dreams of earning college degrees, we are particularly pleased that Tarrant County College ranks so highly among our peer institutions in these critical categories,” said TCC Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley. “We are constantly launching initiatives to improve our ability to meet the needs of our minority students, and  I anticipate additional successes in this area.”

Victor Borden, Ph.D., of Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis, compiled the report, part of a national study documenting the ability of U.S. colleges to award associate degrees to African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American students.

Borden used the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education (2010-2011 academic year) to create rankings in the total number of associate degrees awarded at every community college, according to the Diverse news release. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education is a 28-year-old biweekly publication that addresses the issues of minorities in higher education.

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