Dodge City Community College is used to high rankings with its athletic programs. The men’s golf team is currently in the Top 10 and the football team has been ranked at some point in the past three seasons.

Now, the college can claim it’s No. 1.

Dodge City Community College has been given the title of the No. 1 community college in the state of Kansas, for 2017, on learnhowtobecome.org. Learn How to Become is an organization whose mission it is to "help students understand what it takes to land their perfect career, from picking the right school to climbing the company ladder."

In deciding how to rank community colleges in Kansas, Learn How to Become used a team of higher education specialists and data analysts whose criteria covered several factors, including: median annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering the college; in-state tuition and fees; student/teacher ratio; and availability of employment services. Dodge City Community College, with a graduation rate of 41 percent and a student/teacher ratio of 12:1, topped the list of quality 2-year institutions in Kansas.

"It takes a tremendous team effort to receive a number one ranking when Dodge City Community College is being compared to our excellent 2-year peer institutions throughout Kansas," said Harold Nolte, DCCC president. "Student success is the focus of our Dodge City Community College team. 

"And our team includes current faculty, employees, board of trustees and administration all pulling together for our students."

Nolte said there were some indications of success.

"We had some early indicators of tremendous strides being made by our students in 2017, such as strong retention and graduation rates and the recent improvement in the nursing department ranking from No. 26 all the way up to No. 6 with a 95 percent pass rate with the most recent class," the president said. "We are also proud of our student achievements and recent improvements in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas, athletics and music.

"Keep an eye out for similar expansion in workforce development areas such as agriculture. In addition, we plan to increase our allied health program offerings, shore up our helicopter program and reinforce the teacher education program."

A member of faculty agreed.

"Kansas is known for having high-quality institutions," said DCCC director of distance education and accreditation Dr. Scott Searcy. "We are very pleased to be placed at the top of this competitive list."

Dodge City Community College was followed by No. 2 Garden City. No. 3 is Highland Community College, followed by Hesston College, Neosho County, Barton County, Hutchinson, Seward County, Kansas City Kansas CC and Johnson County rounding out the Top 10.

Pratt Community College is No. 11 out of 26 2-year schools ranked.

In its 4-year university rankings the website chose Baker University No. 1, followed by University of Kansas, Southwestern College, Kansas State University and Newman University as the top choices of 23 schools.

 

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