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PCC ranked in top 5 percent of community colleges in the nation

11 September 2018

Pratt Community College was recently ranked one of the top community colleges in the nation for the third year in a row from the 2018 Best and Worst Community Colleges by Wallethub, a company dedicated to helping people efficiently attain top wallet fitness. In 2017 PCC ranked 16 in the nation. In 2016 PCC ranked 14. Overall, PCC remains in the top 5 percent of all 715 community colleges ranked sitting in at number 36 on the list as well as being the second best community college in Kansas according to their metrics.

The three main categories reviewed were cost/financing, education outcomes, and career outcomes. Out of the 715 community colleges reviewed PCC ranks 7 overall on the list in career outcomes which, by their standards, includes measuring the starting salary for graduates to cost of education (return on investment), student loan default rate, median salary after attending (10 years after entering school) and comparison of former student earners with a salary above $25,000 (average earnings of a high school graduate aged 25 to 34).

PCC ranked 80 on the list overall in education outcomes. This metric measures first-year retention rate, graduation rates and transfer rates as well as student to faulty ratios.

PCC continues to succeed at being an affordable institution with exceptional student success. PCC students graduating with an associate’s degree between 2008 and 2015 have a higher first year of employment annual wage than the Kansas community college sector average. This comes from a study done by the Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) Foresight 2020 report.

The entire list and article for the 2018 Best and Worst Community Colleges can be found at wallethub.com.