Submitted by Leigh-Anne Lawrence
Piedmont Virginia Community College has been named a top community college for adult learners in the 2016 College Rankings report released by Washington Monthly in its September-October issue.
Washington Monthly’s 2016 College Rankings report evaluates American two- and four-year colleges on a variety of criteria such as accessibility, flexibility of programs and student services. For the first time this year, Washington Monthly included a special supplement to its report on the best colleges for adult learners due to the overwhelming number of adult students, age 25 or older, who are now attending college.
PVCC was the only community college in Virginia to rank within the top 100 “Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners.” To make the top 100, schools have to demonstrate positive scores in the following areas: ease of transfer/enrollment; flexibility of programs; services available for adult students; the percent of adult students currently attending the school; the mean earnings of adult students 10 years after entering college; loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment; and tuition and fee costs for in-district students.
PVCC placed at number 87 on the list, scoring highest in the areas of adult student services, ease of transfer and program flexibility. The ranking was determined using data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the Department of Education’s College Scorecard database, as well as results from the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges.
“Providing services and resources to support our students is extremely important, especially our adult students,” said PVCC President Frank Friedman. “Many of our adult learners have full-time jobs, children and family obligations they have to balance along with their coursework. It’s important that we provide the resources they need to be successful so that they can put more of their energy into the classroom and completing their programs of study.”
PVCC’s support services for students include academic tutoring and coaching; advising and career services; disability services; discounted childcare; financial aid and scholarship opportunities; flexible class offerings including day, evening, weekend and online classes; short-term career training; and veterans services.
To learn more about PVCC, visit www.pvcc.edu or call 434.977.3900.
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