Posted March 2, 2018
Lorain County Community College’s advancements in Student Success have been recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges, which has named LCCC one of six finalists, and the only one in Ohio, for the AACC Award of Excellence in the category of Student Success.
“We believe at LCCC that every student’s dream matters, and our entire campus is committed to helping students achieve their goals,” LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., said. “From redesigned advising to support services to streamlined academic pathways – students are surrounded and uplifted by the campus community each step of the way.”
The AACC Award of Excellence in Student Success is a prestigious national award presented to the community college that demonstrates exceptional progress in student completion and success. Colleges that receive the award have a bold competition plan; are advancing student success through increases in on-time degree completion or transfer; are developing innovative programs and partnerships; and integrate completion goals across the institution.
LCCC leads Ohio’s 23 community colleges with the highest rate of student success – 61 percent – a metric calculated by the Ohio Department of Higher Education by factoring rates of graduation, transfer and persistence.
The concentration on student success has created tangible results. In 2017, LCCC conferred 1,810 degrees – the most in the college’s history. Since 2011, LCCC has seen a 53 percent increase in degrees and credentials awarded.
Contributing to LCCC’s student success rate are a variety of programs and services that meet students where they are and connect them with the resources they need to accomplish their goals. A new advising model pairs each student with an advising professional to help them stay on track and overcome barriers. As a result of the redesign, student retention increased more than 20 percent. Streamlined academic pathways allow students to concentrate on their major and connect to a career pathway early in their program.
The Students in Accelerating in Learning (SAIL) program seeks to improve student success by addressing and removing barriers for low-income, first-time, full-time students. On-campus resources help students access to food (Commodore Cupboard food pantry), addiction services (Caring Advocates in Recovery Education, CARE Center) and other needs.
Student success is a priority in each department on campus with a focus on creating innovative ways to address students’ needs, Ballinger said.
“Being named a finalist for AACC award is a true honor, but the real beneficiaries of LCCC’s student success are our students and the community,” Ballinger said. “LCCC will continue to innovate and forge ahead to raise educational attainment as we strive to enhance the economic and social mobility of our residents and strengthen our community.”