WITC 4th best two-year college in nation
Although the school year is only a few days old, students at Wisconsin
Indianhead Technical College’s four campuses have reason to be especially
optimistic. A study by Washington Monthly ranks WITC fourth among
two-year colleges nationwide.
In 2007, Washington Monthly combined results from a nonprofit organization
called the Community College Survey of Student Engagement with graduation rates
published by the U.S. Department of Education to create the first-ever list of
America’s best community/technical colleges – which ranked WITC seventh. In
2010, new information was compiled and WITC moved up to sixth. This year the
list was updated with new CCSSE data ranking roughly 700 community/technical
colleges nationwide in order to identify the 50 best community/technical
colleges of 2013.
Bob Meyer states that the board, administration and staff are
extremely proud of and pleased with the ranking.
“The movement up in the rankings is confirmation that the College’s strategic
plan and continuous improvement activities are making a difference for our
students,” Meyer said. “These results show how incredibly committed WITC’s
entire staff is to making the students’ experience at WITC outstanding and
According to the Washington Monthly report, the CCSSE survey is comprised of
more than 100 questions on a range of topics including teaching practices,
student workload, interaction with faculty, and student support. The CCSSE
combines the results of those questions into aggregate “benchmark” scores in
five categories: “Active and Collaborative Learning,” “Student Effort,”
“Academic Challenge,” “Student-Faculty Interaction,” and “Support for Learners.”
The benchmark scores are standardized to range from 0 to 100 with an average
score of 50.
WITC’s highest CCSSE scores were reflected in the “Active and Collaborative
Learning” category. The WITC benchmark for “Student-faculty Interaction” was
also quite high.
“WITC is a great place to get a quality education at an affordable cost,” said
WITC early childhood education student Tarissa Deragon. “The staff, faculty and
my fellow classmates make me happy about coming to school. I’m confident in the
education I’m getting here, knowing it will prepare me for whatever path I
choose in the future.”
The Washington Monthly ranking supports WITC’s recent graduate follow-up
survey. Ninety-seven percent of the graduates were satisfied with the training
they received at WITC and that they would recommend WITC to a friend or family