CCRI named nation's ‘2-Year College of the Year’ by Education Dive: Higher Ed
Dec. 9, 2019
The Community College of Rhode Island was named the nation’s “2-Year College of the Year” by Education Dive: Higher Ed, a leading industry news publisher.
The 2019 Dive Awards recognize the industry’s top disruptors and innovators who are transforming higher education. Winners were chosen by the editors of Education Dive based on thorough and independent research, reporting, and analysis.
“Being recognized as ‘2-Year College of the Year’ is a tremendous honor and recognizes the transformative work the college has undertaken to catalyze student success and achievement,” said CCRI President Meghan Hughes. “Such a recognition is only possible with the support and commitment of our faculty and staff who are driving this work and who believe in our students.”
"The people and organizations that win the Dive Awards are trailblazers and leaders in their markets," said Davide Savenije, editor-in-chief of Education Dive's publisher Industry Dive. "Their achievements in 2019 are shaping the future of where the latest strategies and trends are going."
“Over the last nearly four years, we have launched a collection of high-impact and evidence-based practices to enhance student success and completion. While it is still early days in this work, we are seeing real progress with meaningful impact on the overall success of our students and college, most visible through our improvements in our two and three-year graduation rates and our increased enrollment. The improvements we have seen in just a few short years – especially in our two-year graduation rate – are rarely achieved in the community college space.
“We are challenging what many think is possible of community colleges and community college students, and our students are transforming what people think about CCRI,” added Hughes.
Staying the course
Despite battling Crohn’s disease and raising a small child at home, Riverside's Keri Giacomini returns to CCRI after nearly two decades to follow her passion for helping others through social work.
All in a day's work
As a first-year Rhode Island Promise scholar and future student-athlete on CCRI's women's basketball team, Cranston's Talia Thibodeau has made a seamless transition to remote learning this semester.
Within their scope
Through a partnership with the University of Toledo, students in professor Heather Townsend’s microbiology class experienced a unique opportunity to control a multi-million-dollar microscope remotely.
Roll with the changes
Unable to perform in front of live audiences, the CCRI Players launch their 2020-21 theater season amidst a new set of guidelines – and challenges – beginning October 15 with Fool for Love.
A lively experiment
Faculty members in various science departments launched an initiative to purchase at-home lab kits as temporary replacements for in-person labs for students taking courses in both summer sessions.
Making the grade
Forty-five student-athletes at CCRI qualified for the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for posting a 3.0 GPA with 34 of them also earning NJCAA Region XXI academic honors with a GPA of 3.20 or higher.
CCRI is one of 67 colleges nationwide included in the expansion of the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative to provide need-based Pell grants to people in state and federal prisons.