A National Top 10 College
At San Jacinto College, student success is at the heart of everything we do. So, it’s an amazing honor that the Aspen Institute has named us as one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
The focus of the Aspen Prize – which comes with a cool $1 million in prize funds – is to assess the College’s achievements in student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings for graduates, and access and success for minority and low-income students.
Over the last 10 years, San Jacinto College has increased the number of certificates and associate degrees awarded by 161.7 percent. This is due to a laser focus on student success and the support students receive along their pathways from when they first arrive at San Jacinto College through graduation. The College concentrates its efforts on initiatives that show results in student achievement and progress.
To read more about the Aspen Prize, visit www.sanjac.edu/aspen-prize.
The Pathway to Student Success
Student success is at the heart of everything we do. In recognition of our continuous effort to improve student success, San Jacinto College has been selected as one of 30 colleges nationwide to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Initiative. This work aims to create a student-ready college that promotes completion of student educational goals through well-defined pathways and customer-service focused support.
The San Jacinto College vision for Pathways is that a student should never fail because of a barrier we overlooked or created. Our faculty and staff are working together, examining processes and procedures, and determining if they present unintended barriers to student success and completion. With the help of faculty, we are getting student input on what barriers they encounter along their educational pathway. As a result, a group of leaders in student support services, faculty, financial aid and administration has begun the job of examining and redesigning the student experience from enrollment through the last semester. The intended result is for students to complete their certificate or degree in a timely manner to transfer to a four-year university as a junior or move into a career in their chosen field.
This hard work will result in well-defined pathways that support our students in the quest for a brighter future for themselves and their families. To find out more about the San Jacinto College Pathways Initiative, visit sanjac.edu/pathways.