Westminster, Md., September 17, 2020—Carroll Community College (Carroll) announces
that according to a national survey conducted by WalletHub, “2020’s Best & Worst
Community Colleges,” Carroll ranked #1 in the state of Maryland and #21 overall
out of 698 institutions across the United States that were evaluated.
The source data
used for the analysis was collected from highly respected sources including the
National Center of Education Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education. A
sample of 698 institutions that are members of the American Association of
Community Colleges were analyzed using 18 different factors across three key
College community is to be commended for this recognition,” said Dr. James D.
Ball, president of Carroll Community College. “We have been laser focused on
providing an affordable, high quality education for our students, one that will
have a lasting impact on their career and serve them well into the future.”
The study noted
that “students who earn their general-education credits at a community college
before transferring to an in-state public four-year university can potentially
save a lot of money.” For students at Carroll, that equates to $9,052, as
calculated by Maryland Higher Education
Commission average of University of Maryland system tuition.
has become an even greater issue in 2020, in light of the effects of the pandemic.
The study notes: “Community colleges are an especially attractive option this
year as many families struggle with their finances during the COVID-19
pandemic. Students who initially planned on attending a private four-year
college might want to consider spending two years at a community college and
transferring those credits once the economy picks up again.”
In addition to
affordability, the study analyzed outcomes for students, in terms of both
education and career. Carroll scored at a high level along dimensions such as first-year
retention rate, graduation rate, and student-faculty ratio. New students at
Carroll are assigned a dedicated academic advisor based on their program of
study, providing them with a personalized learning path from the time they arrive
through degree completion.
College, we are committed to helping students along their path to graduation as
well as transfer to four-year institutions,” said Dr. Rosalie V. Mince,
Provost, Carroll Community College. “Our faculty embrace their role as mentors
to students, and our advising office provides one on one counseling to develop
the best path for each student, taking into account their individual circumstances.”
The study also measured
career outcomes. The College ranked highly in terms of median salary after
attending and share of former students earning above the average earnings of a
high school graduate. The Career Development Office assists students in
identifying career options, resume development, interviewing skills, internship
opportunities, and connections with employers throughout the county and region.
committed to helping students find a career path that resonates with their
passions, preferences and skills, and preparing them to adapt to the ever-changing
circumstances in the job market,” said Dr. Kristie Crumley, Associate Provost,
Student Affairs and Marketing.
“While we are
proud of our number one ranking, this recognition will only serve to push us
forward to continue to innovate, and make the College even better in the
future,” said Ball.
information see https://wallethub.com/edu/e/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/#main-findings and https://wallethub.com/edu/e/states-with-best-worst-community-college-systems/15073/
Community College’s mission is Empowering learners. Changing
lives. Building community. Carroll Community College (Carroll)
provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to advance careers,
enrich lives, and strengthen the community we serve. Carroll offers academic
and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and
universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities.
Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert
faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and
services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since
1993, the College has served more than 136,000 students of all ages and
backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road,
Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit us on our website at www.carrollcc.edu.