College of the Canyons has been ranked No. 29 by the Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine’s Top 100 colleges and universities list for graduating Hispanic students.
The rankings were based from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data for community colleges granting the most associate degrees in 2016.
According to the data, the college had a Hispanic population of 9,144 students totaling 46 percent of the total student enrollment, which was 19,966 in fall 2016.
“It is a privilege to have a student population that is diverse and inclusive,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, “and their success inspires us to continue enhancing the programs and services that support their efforts to accomplish their goals.”
The magazine’s annual ranking is based on total student enrollment, the percentage of Hispanic students in attendance, two-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanic students, and the percentage of associate degrees to Hispanic students by two-year schools.
The college’s efforts to help students succeed have paid off. Between 2015 and 2017, there was a 79% increase in the number of Hispanic students who were awarded a degree.
Recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) since 2010, College of the Canyons competed for and received a Title V “Developing Hispanic Institutions” Grant in 2014 to increase the number of Hispanic students that attend COC from the Hart District right after graduation, increase the number of transfer students, and increase the number of students who receive a degree or certificate.
In addition, the college’s It Takes a Barrio program has served more than 100 Hispanic students at Golden Valley and Canyon high schools since 2013. Launched with the help of a National Education Association grant, the program provides first-generation Hispanic students with the resources and guidance they need to succeed academically.
A new initiative launched last year also promises to expand access to education for more students. The First-Year Promise program links students with coaches, mentors, counselors and college personnel dedicated to their academic success, as well as tutoring in a variety of subjects. The combination of services is designed to propel students forward to achieve their academic goals by providing them with a tuition-free year of study.
For more information about the Hispanic Outlook on Education magazine’s rankings, please visit the magazine’s website.