Southwestern Community College has been rated “exceptional” by the NC Community College System. Southwestern is one of 12 of the state’s 58 community colleges to receive this prestigious ranking.
Mandated by the General Assembly, the ranking is the NC Community College System’s method of tracking the performance of the state’s community colleges. The report is based on eight performance measures: progress of basic skills of students, passing rates on licensure and certification examinations, performance of college transfer students, passing rates of students in developmental courses, success rates of developmental students in subsequent college-level courses, satisfaction of program completers and non-completers, curriculum student retention, and client satisfaction with customized training.
N.C. Community College System President Scott Ralls said Southwestern’s exceptional ranking indicates the college met or exceeded all eight performance measures.
SCC Interim President Janet Burnette said the rankings come as no surprise to her. “Southwestern has achieved this distinction for three of the past four years,” she said.
“On many levels Southwestern ranks at the top of the 12 exceptional colleges,” she said, pointing out SCC’s passing rates on licensing and certification. “Many of our programs have a 100% pass rate of students taking their license or certification exams for the first time. Among these are radiography, physical therapist assistant, practical nursing and emergency medical science paramedics. You can’t get a better track record than that.
“In the region, we recognize how good our programs are, but it is a real honor for our programs to be recognized statewide, too. It also reinforces our national Top 10 USA Community College ranking.”
Southwestern also received a 100 percent satisfaction ranking from those who received customized training and business and industry support.
“With our business and industry training we strive to be an asset and partner in supporting our local economy and helping bolster the employment rates,” said Sonja Haynes, director of SCC’s business and institutional development. “Training is the key to growth.”
“Over the past three years, our community colleges have enrolled more students than ever before and have stretched limited dollars to meet the demand,” said Ralls. “Yet, even under the strain of increased enrollment and reduced funding, we have continued to focus our efforts on student success and completion. The outcomes of these performance measures demonstrate the quality of education and training NC Community Colleges provide in a time when North Carolina needs it most.”
The full report is available on the NC Community Colleges Website: