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 2014 Student Success Award 

Student success rates are rising as more colleges employ bold strategic plans, innovative programs, and evaluation of data. The Student Success Award recognizes community colleges that advance student success on their campuses.


2014 Finalists




Alex Johnson

Cuyahoga Community College (Ohio)

In the past 4 years, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) has increased the number of degrees and certificates awarded by nearly 60%. This is the result of several key initiatives that help students at every stage of their academic journey.

Eduardo Padrón

Miami Dade College (Florida)

Student success is at the heart of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) mission to change lives through the opportunity of education. With a success rate of greater than 86%, MDC continues to lead the nation in graduating students with associate degrees and in degrees awarded to minorities.

Sylvia Jenkins

Moraine Valley Community College (Illinois)

Improving completion rates at Moraine Valley Community College (MCCC) began with changing students’ perceptions of the value of the associate degree. The Agree to Degree initiative made the associate degree a desirable commodity and got students committed to earning it.

H. Jeffrey Rafn

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Wisonsin)

At Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), student success is more than a concept—it’s a part of the culture. The college’s Dream initiative ensures that student success is woven into every facet of the student experience.

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