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WCC one of most diverse community colleges in nation

By From staff reports
Published in News on January 8, 2014 1:46 PM

Four area community colleges have made the list of institutions awarding the most associate degrees to minority students in the nation.

For several years now, the publication "Diverse: Issues in Higher Education" has compiled data for the Top 100 Degree Producers that confer the most degrees to minority students.

Wayne Community College ranked in two categories -- 76th in health and medical administrative services degrees and 95th in mechanic and repair technologies/technician degrees awarded to African-American students.

Lenoir Community College, tied for ninth place with Robeson College, was recognized for its Native American students graduating in the field of allied health diagnostic, intervention and treatment professions, and was in 74th place for African Americans majoring in public administration and social service professions.

James Sprunt Community College was in the 64th position, in the area of African American students graduating in education.

Wilson Community College made the list in two spots, tying with three other schools in 48th place, for African American students majoring in education, and in 94th place in total minority population studying education.

The rankings were featured in the June 20 and Dec. 19, 2013, issues of the magazine and can be found online at www.diverseeducation.com/top100/. They include the total number of associate degrees awarded at every community college, as well as specific figures in major fields of study and disciplines.

The data was part of a national report documenting the ability of U.S. colleges to award associate degrees to African American, Hispanic, Asian American and Native American student. The information was derived from 2,967 postsecondary institutions that awarded at least one associate degree in the 2011-2012 academic year, are Title IV eligible, and are located in the U.S.