Craven Community College (CCC) has recently had a “run” of recognition that is making faculty, staff and students feeling extra excited. The most recent news was in October where CCC was named as one of the nation’s Most Affordable Two-Year Colleges for 2016 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
ACO ranked CCC number 35 out of 50 two-year colleges on the new list. According to ACO, the ranking was generated by analyzing cost and quality metrics of thousands of U.S. colleges with online degree programs. There are 1,108 community colleges according the American Association of Community Colleges.
“We wanted to honor the schools and universities that are setting the standard for online learning,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org “These schools are going above and beyond the industry standard to help make online education programs more affordable.”
In September, CCC receive the news that it won the New Bern Sun Journal Readers’ Choice Award – Gold – Best College. According to the newspaper, “The Readers’ Choice Awards celebrates the best of the best – the businesses, organizations, people and more that YOU think deserve to be named the best!” Readers nominate and vote on these awards. The reader-nominated colleges included CCC, Duke University, East Carolina University, Pamlico Community College, the University of Mount Olive, and the University of North Carolina.
Austin Eheart, CCC student ambassador, said the recognition made him more confident in his decision to choose CCC. Eheart is enrolled in the associate in science degree program and will be attending the N.C. State engineering program at CCC’s Havelock campus in the fall of 2017. “I feel that I made a mature and smart decision of attending Craven because I will enter the engineering program as a junior without any college debt,” said Eheart.
In August, CCC was ranked number two in list of Best Community Colleges in North Carolina in 2016 by Schools.com There are 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. According to the Schools.com analysis, CCC earned its ranking because of its affordability (Ranked No. 1 for low tuition and overall net cost), and its online programs (Ranked No. 4 for distance learning participation).
Schools.com’s methodology looked at percentage of students enrolled in distance education, cost of attendance, student-to-faculty ratio, average retention rate for full- and part-time students, graduation rate in 200% of normal time, number of transfers per 1,000 students, and flexibility.
“I think the recognition shows that we are a good college,” said Jeanne Balaoing, executive assistant for vice president for students and 1993 CCC alumnus. Balaoing added, “I’m proud to be part of something that meets the needs of its community.”
Eddie Sabbat, CCC math faculty, joined the college in spring of 2015 and has been teaching for over seven years. At CCC, he teaches various math subjects, including math literacy, statistics, quantitative literacy, calculus, and precalculus support. Sabbat said, “I ultimately feel very proud and lucky to be working for such a stand-out community college.”
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.