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TCC Named Bellwether Finalist

Tulsa Community College has been named a finalist for a national Bellwether award. The selection as a finalist is recognition for the work the school has done in less than two years as part of the Pathways Project, a national initiative sponsored by American Association of Community College and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A panel of experts and education professionals selected TCC as one of 10 finalists in the Planning, Governance & Finance category. The Bellwether Awards, given annually, recognize outstanding and innovative college programs or practices in three categories.
The Bellwether winner in each category will be announced on Jan. 30.

Using the Pathways best practices, TCC is seeing positive results in student numbers. The fall-to-fall retention rates increased from 59 to 62 percent, and the retention rate for Latino, African American, and Native American students jumped nine percent, from 54 to 63 percent. TCC also saw an increase in the percentage of students completing 24 credit hours of college-level coursework their first year, an increase in the percentage of students who completed developmental education requirements within their first year, and an increase in overall licensure and certification pass rates.

In addition, TCC has implemented mandatory advising for all first-time degree-seeking students, mandatory new student orientation, and on-time enrollment. In addition, the number of students per advisor has dropped from 1,044 in 2015 to 530 in 2017, with an expectation of reaching 300 as early as 2018.

Updated 01-26-2018

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