Itasca a Top-Ranked Community College

August 28, 2018

The Best Schools - www.thebestschools.org - has put Itasca Community College on their list of the 50 Best Community Colleges in the United States. ICC comes in at #23 in the nation, and ranks behind only St. Paul College (#9) in Minnesota.

Criteria for Rankings

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The following is an excerpt from The Best Schools rankings webpage:

We selected the top community colleges based on a comparison of several studies and ratings of community colleges, each with their own unique selection criteria, as well as the schools’ reputation and our review of notable community colleges. While completion/graduation rates are important to any college’s success, we identified several factors as especially significant to select the top community colleges:

  • Sustained Achievement Outcomes: Ongoing success in student perseverance and completion of Associate Degrees and/or transfer to four-year colleges
  • Learning Outcomes: Values and practices that actively engage students and require them to stretch academically; explore learning freely; pursue a variety of educational experiences and areas of study.
  • Deployment Outcomes: Strong rates of employment, salaries and advancement for graduates matched with workplace skill needs
  • Equitable Outcomes: Policies and practices that result in student diversity and success among low-income students and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American)
  • Cost-to-Value Outcomes: Reasonable tuition costs, access to financial aid resources and an emphasis on minimizing post-school debt.

Itasca Community College ranked the #5 community college in the 2010 Washington Monthly ranking of America’s best community colleges and #30 in the CNN Money listing of community colleges in 2012.

For full list of rankings and more information, visit The Best Schools.

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