In response to President Obama’s call to increase the number of graduates by 50 percent by 2020, on Sept. 9, 2010, the presidents of AACC and ACCT asked member CEOs and board chairs to encourage community colleges to support the completion agenda by increasing the number of students who complete degrees, certificates and other credentials with value in the workplace. This effort was labeled the “College Completion Challenge: A Call to Action.” CCC was among the first 25 signatories and is one of only 71 out of the 1,132 community colleges to ever accept the challenge. We believe that CCC is the only institution to report our progress to AACC and annually to our Board of Governors and other stakeholders. As of 2014-15, CCC was where it projected to be in 2018-19 with regard to increases in the number of graduates and the number of credentials awarded.
CCC first succeeded its growth goal in 2011-2012 and continued to outperform its goal until 2015-16. While again seeing an increase in the number of awards received in 2018-19, CCC still fell short of its goal of 1,570 unduplicated graduates but 62 graduates.
CCC has consistently met its goal for duplicated awards since 2008, with the exception of the academic year 2017-18. In 2018-2019 2,380 awards were received, exceeding the goal of 2,308.