Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) continues to garner state and national recognition. This past summer, the United States Department of Education “Education Scorecard” ranked NACC the fifth best community college in Alabama on how much their graduates earn, and more recently AffordableColleges.com ranked Northeast among the most affordable community colleges in the United States. (http://www.affordablecolleges.com/) NACC was ranked number 48 in the top fifty among America’s 1,108 community colleges.
To achieve these rankings, AffordableColleges.com utilizes “a sophisticated methodology” that relies on college quality, affordability, and student success. Northeast was among the approximately ten community colleges from around the Southeast who made this top fifty list. In calculating their ratings, AffordableColleges.com uses federal IPEDS data on tuition, students receiving financial aid, net price, loan default rate, enrollment rate, full-time retention rate, graduation rate, student faculty ratio, admissions rate, number of programs, and the percentage of students taking at least one online course.
“We are very pleased to receive this recognition,” stated Dr. David Campbell, President of Northeast Alabama Community College. “This is a rating that is entirely objective in its focus. We did not apply or pay to participate in this survey, but rather were chosen by AffordableColleges.com through federal IPEDS data. I commend the combined work of our faculty, staff, and administrators for this recognition.”
AffordableColleges.com states that it takes a “holistic account of the quality and value” of a college in its rankings. The Agency says that “student success data in particular is crucial in the rankings in order to determine how much value students are getting for their money, and helps differentiate quality, affordable schools from schools that are simply cheap.” In the case of Northeast, the college received the affordable, high quality designation.
NACC is a comprehensive community college that is a part of the twenty-six member Alabama Community College System. The college offers a large number of programs in academic transfer, career tech, and adult education. NACC is not new to national recognition, having been ranked as a Top American Community College by the prestigious Aspen Institute for three consecutive cycles, and making the best America community colleges lists of CNN/Money and Best Colleges.
Tuition at Northeast is approximately one-half to one-third the tuition and fee costs of four-year colleges and universities in Alabama, and the college’s core curriculum is guaranteed to transfer to these colleges through the legally binding Alabama STARS Articulation Agreement. Students may even obtain their associate degrees from Northeast by transferring back credit from four-year colleges under a state Reverse Transfer Agreement. Huntingdon University and Athens University also have centers on the NACC campus through which students may complete their four-year degrees in certain fields. Cost savings for four-year degrees in these programs are substantial.
Enroll early for the Spring Semester at NACC. Registration is going on now by appointment. Regular registration is January 5, 2018 and classes begin on January 8.
For more information about NACC, visit the college’s web site at www.nacc.edu or download the free NACC App at the App Store or Google Play Store.