STLCC Ranks Among Nation's Schools In Associate Degrees For African-American Students

Saint Louis Community College was the only Missouri community college to make the cut of the top 100 U.S. institutions that confer the most associate degrees to African-American students. In 2011 and 2012, STLCC conferred 474 associate degrees of academic various disciplines to African-American students. Those degrees made up nearly a quarter of the total number of degrees conferred during the 2011-12 academic year; this is a 19% increase from STLCC's 2010-11 academic year. Local programs such as Gateway to College, Commit to Complete, and TRIO are attributed to the rise in degrees awarded to African-American students.

The total number of associate degrees conferred to minority students in the United States increased by 15% between these two academic years. The top school on the list is the University of Phoenix-Online, an Internet-orientated college based in Arizona.

This list was first published in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine, and is based on information gathered by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.