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NIACC Named #14 in the Nation for Student Success

MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College is ranked #14 in the nation for student success, according to an article published this week on

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College Measures, a joint venture of the American Institutes of Research and Matrix Knowledge Group, has created a chart for CNNMoney to help students find the best options. Based on the percentage of students that graduated within three years or transferred to four-year colleges, they compiled a “success” rating for each community college in the U.S.

NIACC was rated at a 72% success rate, meaning that 72% of all students who attend NIACC either complete or have a successful transfer to a four-year institution within three years.

“This is an amazing accomplishment considering there are 1,655 community colleges in the United States. We are very proud of our faculty and staff for helping students be successful,” said Dr. Debra Derr, NIACC President.

NIACC leaders have been focusing on student success and completion even more heavily after President Obama called on all community colleges to track success and completion. Another example of the work being done to reach this goal is the effort the College is taking with a national higher education project known as Foundations of Excellence®. The project, sponsored by the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, utilizes a model of excellence for first-year and or transfer college students. This model can be used by colleges and universities to develop and refine their overall approach to educating first-year students and or transfer students. This work will culminate with the development of a strategic action plan for campus improvement.

Students interested in enrolling at NIACC can register for the last session of summer classes, which begins July 16, or fall registration. The first day of fall classes is Aug. 27. Call the NIACC Admissions Office at 641-422-4245 or 1-888-GO NIACC ext 4245.

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