VC recognized as top transfer college

Sept. 14, 2009 at 4:14 a.m.

The Victoria College has been recognized by the Pell Institute as one of the top transfer colleges in the state.

Through support programs as the federally funded Knowledge, Exploration and You Center, student success and retention rates have increased, along with the number of students who transfer to a four-year institution.

Members of the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education visited VC in December to learn more about the strategies used to show exemplary results in student transfer rates.

In July, VC President Tom Butler spoke on a panel at a conference of community college presidents detailing VC's participation in the study and to talk about VC's policies and procedures labeled as "best practices" by the Pell Institute. It will be used by community colleges nationwide.

"One of the principal aims of a community college is to prepare students to transfer to a university and I am very pleased that the dedication of VC's employees has resulted in success for so many of our students," Butler said.

The K.E.Y. program provides support services to under-represented and disadvantaged populations, such as students whose parents did not obtain a bachelor's degree, and students with documented disabilities.



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