The 2016-17 Mid-Plains Community College Annual Report is now online. It can be accessed on the college's website: mpcc.edu.
The document contains numerous highlights from the 2016-17 school year, including information about enrollments, retention, college finances, accreditations, activities, events and athletics.
Among those highlights was that MPCC was recognized by SmartAsset, a financial technology company aimed at providing personal finance advice on the web, as one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation.
Results were based on student-to-faculty ratio, cost of tuition and fees and graduation and transfer rate comparisons of more than 880 of the nation's community college systems. MPCC was the only Nebraska community college recognized.
MPCC also ranked first among its peer institutions in fall-to-fall, full-time retention with a rate of 67 percent.
MPCC experienced an increased demand for housing last year, especially in McCook. The total number of students living on the McCook and North Platte campuses climbed to a high of 327 students, or a combined 86.7 percent occupancy rate in the fall of 2016.
Enrollment in MPCC's technical programs also showed an increase – up 24 percent in the fall of 2016 thanks to an intensified marketing and recruiting effort focused on the Applied Technology division.
Dual credit enrollments posted increases as well, surging to a record 185 full time equivalent students - up from 158 FTE during the prior year. Additionally, data showed a dual credit participation rate of 86 percent among service area schools.
Bridge to Success
Another exciting development for the college was that a Bridge to Success program was launched in the fall of 2016. The program put eight incoming freshmen ahead of their peers in terms of academics by giving them a head start in a key subject area.
The Bridge students arrived at the McCook campus three weeks early to take a developmental English class prior to enrolling in English Composition during the fall semester.
As a result, the Bridge students had a 3.3 percent higher fall-to-spring persistence rate and scored almost a grade higher than non-Bridge students taking English Composition. The Bridge students also tested into a higher-level math class before the fall semester by participating in the program.
Such strategies not only impacted the overall success of MPCC's students last year, but also set the college up for excellence this year as well.
More information about all the accomplishments of the college can be found in the annual report as well as in the news section of the MPCC website and on Facebook.