HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBRA DAVIS

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 7-24-02



























FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC Rated Superior in State-Wide Performance Measures



In the 2002 report on Accountability/Performance Measures and Standards, released by the North Carolina Community System, Haywood Community College received a superior rating—the highest rating awarded. To achieve a superior status, a college must meet a minimum of five of the six performance funding measures. The six measures are the progress of basic skills students, passing rates on licensure certification tests for first time test takers, goal completion of completers, employment of graduates and business/industry satisfaction with services provided.



In addition to the six funding measures, the college is also accountable for six more performance measures and standards, making 12 in all. Among those, HCC was ranked first in the state in curriculum student retention and graduation. With an 81% rating, HCC’s performance was more than 20% above the system standard of 60%. Dr. Nathan Hodges, HCC president, attributes this to HCC’s caring faculty, excellent teaching, and excellent advising of students toward the achievement of their educational goals. "I salute our faculty and staff for their hard work in achieving recognition among the state’s 58 community colleges as having superior practices relating to helping students," Hodges said.



Second year pottery student, Sonja Hernandez, says that she likes the campus atmosphere and loves her teachers. "You can’t find a pottery program like it in other colleges. I like the individual attention and hands-on experience that I receive at a smaller college. The teachers really focus on helping us have skills to succeed professionally by not only teaching us our craft but also marketing and advertising strategies," she said.

In 1999, the State Board of Community Colleges approved the twelve performance measures and standards to enhance accountability in North Carolina Community Colleges. The results are published yearly in the System’s Critical Success Factors Report.

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