31. July 2012 11:19
Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Moraine Park Technical College as one of the nation’s 120 top community colleges for the second year in a row.
The Aspen Institute identified the 120 community colleges – 10 percent of all institutions – using a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas based on publicly available data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the U.S. Census Bureau: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes. A full list of the 120 community colleges is available at aspenccprize.org.
“Moraine Park is honored to have been selected as one of the top 10 percent of community colleges in the country. We are grateful for the support we received from national leaders in business, education and labor that recognized Moraine Park as a nominee for the nation’s top community college prize,” said Dr. Sheila Ruhland, Moraine Park president.
Some seven million students – youth and adult learners – enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges every year. “The success of our nation’s community colleges is more important than ever before,” said Aspen Institute College Excellence Program Executive Director Josh Wyner, who announced the names of the 120 top community colleges at the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Orlando, Florida. “At a time when a college degree is essential to entering the middle class, community colleges like Moraine Park offer the most promising path to education and employment for literally millions of Americans.”
Moraine Park was established in 1912, and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered.