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Wallace-Dothan Named Best in Nation by AACC

4/27/2017

Wallace Community College - Dothan received the AACC 2017 Award of Excellence for Student Success. The award was announced April 24 at the national conference of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The award is given to the community college that has led with purpose to help students succeed. Accepting the award on behalf of the College was Tony Holland, dean of instructional affairs.

Wallace was recognized for developing the I-CAN (Improvement, Constant And Never Ending) instructional initiative to help close the socioeconomic gap and increase completion rates. I-CAN focuses on significantly improving student learning through maximum engagement with relevant instruction and supportive relationships.

The College backed up the efforts with facts. 

By SP ‘13, the top ten enrollment courses had 21% more successful students than the spring term prior to the initiative (SP ‘11) with a 68.6% success rate (vs. 56.6% SP ‘11).  The first three terms (SU ‘12, FA ‘12, SP ‘13) following implementation, WCCD had the highest success rates for these top ten enrollment courses since converting to the semester system fourteen years ago.

These efforts resulted in a 67% increase in the number of AA/AS conferred for 2014-15 (481) as compared to 2010-11. This is student success.

"This award recognizes exceptional work among the nation's two-year colleges," said WCCD president Linda C. Young. The efforts of faculty and staff were the mainstay of the initiative. "We have become an institution focused on achieving success through quality education and excellent customer service for our students."

To be named as the winner for this award, the College must have a comprehensive completion plan and must have measurable increases in on-time completion and transfer from 2-year to 4-year institution(s). The College must also have programs that support students success in developmental education, student support services and have strong K-12 partnerships/collaboration. The completion goals and principles must be integrated across the institution and they must have scalable practices to advance student success.

It's a tall order, but Wallace Community College-Dothan is up to the challenge of assuring success at every touch point of students' experience.

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