DATE: August 5,
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, (901) 333-4023 Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247
Southwest Ranked Among Leaders in Awarding Associate Degrees
Southwest Tennessee Community College has been ranked as one of the
leading two-year colleges in the nation for awarding associate degrees by
a national publication that focuses on community colleges. The College
made high marks in three categories that track the top 100 associate
Community College Week issued its 2002 Top 100 Associate Degree Producers
ranking on June 24. Southwest made a strong showing in the Science &
Technology category by sharing a number one ranking with Cleveland State.
According to the findings of the national survey, Southwest awarded a
total of 58 associate degrees in Science & Technology during the 1999-2000
Southwest is ranked 10 in the nation for awarding associate degrees in all
disciplines to African Americans, and 55 overall in all disciplines for
all minority students. The College awarded a total of 200 associate
degrees in the all disciplines to African Americans category, and 204
associate degrees in the all minority students listing.
According to a survey conducted by Community College Week, approximately
5.6 million students are now enrolled in the nationís two-year colleges.
The survey also found that these institutions awarded more than 560,000
associates degrees for the 2000-2001 academic year.