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PCC Ranks Number One In California In Awarding Associate Degrees

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2015 | 11:18 am

Pasadena City College ranks number one among California community colleges in awarding associate degrees, according to data recently released by Community College Week.

For the 2013-2014 academic year, PCC conferred 2,589 two-year degrees, more than any other institution in the 113-member California community college system – the largest higher-education system in the nation. The achievement also marks a significant 57-percent increase in degrees awarded from 2012-2013.

“This is a monumental achievement that speaks loudly of the dedication and determination of our students,” said Dr. Rajen Vurdien, PCC superintendent-president. “Our college is committed to their success, and we will continue to work hard to help them achieve their goals. I would also like to thank our world-class faculty here at PCC. Our number-one ranking is a testament to their talent and hard work.”

Additionally, PCC ranks first in California in awarding associate degrees to minority students, according to preliminary data released by the national publication. Of the 1,833 minority students who graduated with a two-year degree during the 2013-2014 academic year, 803 were Asian Americans.

That statistic alone positions PCC as the number-one ranked college in California in conferring degrees to Asian-American students, and number two in the nation in that same category.

“The data released paints a clear picture of the hard work of our entire campus community,” said Dr. Cynthia Olivo, associate vice president of Student Services. “This is an example of our ability to make student success our first priority. It is a proud day for PCC.”

The recent data, mined from the U.S. Department of Education, was part of a national report released by Community College Week on Sept. 13. Published bi-weekly, Community College Week readers include college presidents, chief academic officers, faculty, student-service professionals, librarians and other educators. In each edition, readers find news and features not provided by other news sources, including analyses of critical academic trends and issues, vital statistics, technology updates and employment opportunities.

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