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RCC Recognized for Student Success and Affordability

Recently released data from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education lists RCC as a Top 100 Producer of Associate Degrees awarded to minority students in 13 unique categories. These rankings are based on data submitted by all U.S. community colleges to the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS), as required by the U.S Department of Education.

Since its founding, Roxbury Community College (RCC) has been committed to offering an inclusive environment, where all students are welcomed, supported and prepared for future success. RCC is a unique institution with a diverse student population: 85% of students are people of color, 62% are aged 25 or older, and 70% are studying part-time. The RCC community works diligently to support the success of this diverse student body; and, newly-released data highlights the results of this support.

The rank and number of RCC students graduating by degree programs follows:

Rank

Race

Major

'15/'16 Total

'16/'17 Total

4

African American

Biological Sciences

16

20

20

African American

English And Literature

n/a

2

29

African American

Accounting

6

9

31

African American

Health Professions

63

60

34

African American

Social Sciences

13

12

35

Total Minority

Biological Sciences

17

22

46

African American

Education

7

14

57

African American

Nursing

38

29

68

African American

Criminal Justice Fields

11

17

87

Total Minority

Health Professions

77

81

92

African American

Business

12

18

92

Total Minority

Education

14

18

99

African American

Business Support

n/a

2

According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are 1,462 community colleges in the United States; accordingly, RCC is performing in the top 6% of all US community colleges in the segments listed above.

“I am thrilled that RCC students are completing such a broad range of degree programs,” says Dr. Valerie Roberson, president of Roxbury Community College. “While we celebrate this success, we know that our work is far from over. We will continue to work towards developing innovative solutions to the problems that prevent our students from completing their degrees.”

While many community college students in the United States find the rising cost of education to be a barrier to degree completion, the administration at RCC has worked diligently to make higher education as affordable as possible. As a result, RCC was recently recognized by Reader’s Digest as the Least Expensive Community College in Massachusetts.

For additional information on Tuition & Fees, visit the Financial Aid section of our website.

To view comprehensive information on the Top 100 Degree Producers rankings, visit the Diverse: Issues In Higher Education website.