Aspen Rising Star 2017 LogoAmerican author Ralph Marston wrote that “Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude,” and it is an attitude that is palpable throughout San Jacinto College. Students, faculty and staff strive for excellence in everything they do.

That excellence was recognized in March 2017 by the Aspen Institute when it named San Jacinto College one of the top five community colleges in the nation as a Rising Star recipient. This recognition is because of the work that faculty and staff put in every day to make sure San Jacinto College students succeed.

In selecting San Jacinto College as an Aspen Prize Rising Star recipient, distinguished leaders in higher education evaluated the College’s efforts in several areas including completion and labor market outcomes. To ensure students achieve labor market success, San Jacinto College has aligned program learning outcomes to industry standards. The College monitors labor market trends and develops programs in partnership with local industry representatives, so that San Jacinto College students can complete a certificate or associate degree with the skills necessary to succeed in a high-demand career.

top 5Over the last 11 years, San Jacinto College has increased the number of credentials awarded by 180 percent. During the 2016-17 academic year, San Jacinto College awarded 7,500 credentials. This increase is due to a laser focus on student success and the support students receive along their paths from when they first arrive at San Jacinto College through graduation.

San Jacinto College is a leader in higher education excellence, and as a result, is moving the needle in student success and completion.