july 16, 2003

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TCC among top degree granting colleges

For the sixth consecutive year, Tulsa Community College (TCC) is the only community college in Oklahoma ranked among the top 100 two-year colleges nationally in the overall number of associate degrees granted.

Having granted 1,462 associate degrees in 2001-2002 (the academic year upon which the study is based), TCC ranks 34th overall in the Community College Week study of more than 2,565 associate degree granting institutions in the United States. These institutions granted more than 573,000 associate degrees in 2001-2002.

TCC ranked second in granting associate degrees to Native American students, the highest ranked of the 13 Oklahoma colleges listed in this category. The study showed that more than 6,200 associate degrees had been granted to Native Americans by all the institutions surveyed.

TCC was also ranked among the top 50 community colleges in the number of associate degrees granted in three individual academic disciplines--business (12th), health sciences (46th) and education (30th).

This is the eleventh year that Community College Week, a national bi-weekly publication, has conducted the study. It is based upon data collected from the Integrated Post Secondary Education Data System program completers survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics in the Department of Education.

Community colleges report their associate degree data using a common set of categories developed by Department of Education, to allow valid comparisons of institutions across the United States.

Story contact: Demetrius Bereolos, TCC Media Relations Specialist