Kudos of the Month: Tulsa Community College

Tulsa Community College has been recognized with the 2021 Awards of Excellence for Student Success and the 2021 Awards of Excellence for Leadership Safety and Planning by the American Association of Community Colleges. The prestigious award in each category recognizes exceptional work among the nation’s two-year colleges.
The award winners were recently announced at the Awards of Excellence Virtual Gala during the national organization’s virtual conference. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 12 million students.
The award for Student Success recognizes TCC’s remarkable journey to improve the graduation rate resulting in dramatic increases in student success outcomes. The College intentionally redesigned the student experience with its selection into the Guided Pathways Project in 2015, meaning the way students navigate college changed as advising was embedded in the academic schools and a multi-year project focused on achieving equitable outcomes.
The second award in the Leadership Safety and Planning category highlights the institution’s strategic efforts in safety preparedness and planning, prior to and in response to the 2020 pandemic. The strategic planning, beginning in 2015, as well as safety-related investments in the areas of risk management, public health, and emergency preparedness provided the existing supports and enabled the College to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see page 10 for more information.