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 Student Success Award 

Student success rates are rising as more colleges employ bold strategic plans, innovative programs, and evaluation of data. The Student Success Award recognizes community colleges that advance student success on their campuses. Download the full Awards of Excellence booket [PDF] or view it on Issuu.

2013 Finalists

Katharine Winograd

Central New Mexico Community College

With the CNM Connect initiative, students at Central New Mexico Community College have access to achievement coaches, financial coaching, and study skills workshops. The mission of CNM Connect is to “foster student success in a holistic way.”

Shirley Reed


South Texas College

In a region where many residents never complete high school, the Dual Enrollment Medical Sciences Academy at South Texas College gives students the opportunity to earn an associate degree in biology while earning their high school diploma.

Glen Gabert

Hudson County Community College

Students at Hudson County Community College grapple with financial, language, and cultural barriers. Fortunately for them, the college is in the business of making possibilities realities. The college implemented a 5-year strategic plan to improve the chances of success for students. New programs and initiatives have led to dramatic increases in retention and graduation rates.

Erma Johnson Hadley

Tarrant County College

Everything that happens at Tarrant County College is tied to its bold strategic plan, TCC Vision 2015. The three goals of the plan are to support student learning and success; ensure affordability, accessibility, and diversity; and promote institutional effectiveness.

Steven Murray

Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas

Three core values drive Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas: a commitment to student success, a belief in the power of education to transform lives and build communities, and a commitment to diversity. 



Read more about each finalist's student success initiatives in the Community College Times.


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