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ICC excited about national ranking

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 9/18/2013 9:52 pm
FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) --Administrators at Itawamba Community College are excited about being ranked 34th in the nation.

It's a ranking among two-year institutions throughout the country and reported by Washington Daily Newspaper.

Among other things, the study measure student retention and completion.

The survey is handed out to students at 700 schools across the country like ICC.
It has 100 questions on topics ranging from teaching practices, student workload, interaction with faculty, and student support.

The end result: ICC came in 34th out of 700.

"It's a really great thing for the college. It validates what a fine faculty and staff that we have here. And, we're really proud to be recognized in such a manner," said ICC President Mike Eaton.

"Satisfaction, the support services that we offer directly reflects the increased retention and completion rates," he continued.

ICC has taken part in the survey since 2006.

They say the measures are calculated as the average results from the three most recent years using benchmarks in five categories.

School officials believe it is a continuation of a tradition of excellence here.

Now, ICC has been known as a premiere commnity college for years and receiving a national ranking like this only validates that claim.

"As a community college system, that is very much on our agenda to see how we can continue to improve completion graduation rates and things of this nature," said Eaton.

Officials say ICC was also named one of the nation's top 120 community colleges by the Aspen Institute in 2012.
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