Western is the only Wyoming community college which received a ranking in The Best Schools research.
According to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), 1,132 + community colleges in America enroll over 13 million students – nearly half of all undergraduates in the United States.
Western Wyoming Community College was ranked in the Top 50 Best Community Colleges in the nation, and was the only Wyoming community college to make that list, compiled by TheBestSchools.org. The Best Schools select the top community colleges based on a comparison of many studies and ratings, each with their own unique selection criteria, the schools’ reputation and their review of notable community colleges. According to TheBestSchools.org, factors considered are:
Sustainable outcomes: Ongoing success in student perseverance and completion of Associates Degrees and/or transfer to four-year colleges.
Learning Outcomes: Values and practices that actively engage students and require them to stretch academically; explore learning freely; pursue a variety of educational experiences and areas of study.
Deployment Outcomes: Strong rates of employment, salaries and advancement for graduates matched with workplace skill needs.
Equitable Outcomes: Policies and practices that result in student diversity and success among low-income students and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.
Cost-to-Value Outcomes: Reasonable tuition costs, access to financial aid resources and an emphasis on minimizing post-school debt.
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