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College Ranked in Top 100 in Awarding Associate Degrees to African-Americans

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

A report published in the Aug. 18 edition of Community College Week lists Pitt Community College as one of the nation's leaders in awarding associate degrees to African-Americans.

WINTERVILLE—U.S. Department of Education data shows Pitt Community College is once again one of the nation’s top institutions when it comes to awarding associate degrees to African-Americans.

In rankings published by Community College Week Aug. 18, Pitt was 91st among the ‘Top 100’ two-year institutions with regard to the number of associate degrees awarded to African-Americans during the 2012-13 academic year. The ranking is two spots lower than a year ago but six spots higher than in 2010-11, when PCC was 97th.

According to the report, PCC awarded 228 associate degrees from all disciplines to African-Americans (169 females and 59 males) in 2012-13. The total represents 23 percent of all graduates from the college that year.

Pitt has been ranked in five of the previous seven ‘Top 100’ rankings for awarding associate degrees to African-Americans. The college’s highest ranking was 68th for its efforts during the 2007-08 academic year.

"Pitt Community College has worked hard to increase the completion rate of all students, which is a much higher rate of increase than enrollment patterns,” said PCC President G. Dennis Massey. “Special programs have focused on minority student graduation, so I am proud that PCC is once again among the national leaders in this important benchmark. This fits well with our diversity goals and is a positive indicator for Pitt County's future."

Among North Carolina’s 58 community colleges, Pitt was fifth, behind only Charlotte’s Central Piedmont Community College (45th) and Jamestown’s Guilford Technical Community College (59th), Fayetteville Technical Community College (67th) and Raleigh’s Wake Technical Community College (74th).

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the analysis was restricted to accredited, Title IV-eligible institutions located in the 50 United States and Washington, D.C., which excluded institutions from U.S. territories and U.S. military service schools.

Michigan’s Wayne County Community College District led the rankings among two-year-institutions with 1,591 associate degrees awarded to African-American students in 2012-13.

PCC also ranked among the top 50 institutions in awarding Science Technology/Technician associate degrees. The college awarded 15 degrees in 2012-13 to place 41st in the ranking—14 spots behind Wilmington’s Cape Fear Community College but ahead of two other North Carolina colleges on the list: Rowan-Cabarrus Community College (T-48th) in Salisbury and Central Piedmont (T-48th).