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.
Hughes announces departure
Dr. Meghan Hughes, the fifth overall and first female President of the Community College of Rhode Island since 2016, has announced she will step down from her position, effective August 31, 2023.
Student Success: Elaine Sorto-Justiniano
Student Government Director of Student Relations Elaine Sorto-Justiniano, a first-generation Rhode Island Promise Scholar from Providence, RI, is working to boost participation in Student Government.
CCRI sophomore and Providence, RI, resident Precious Lijofi, born and raised in Nigeria, has been named a 2023 New Century Transfer Scholar and will receive a $2,250 scholarship.
More for your money
In response to labor market needs, CCRI was recently approved by the Council on Postsecondary Education to add four new certificate and degree programs to its expansive list of academic programming.
A learning experience
CCRI's Health Sciences Clinical Simulation Laboratory has been granted full accreditation for its simulation program in the area of Teaching/Education by The Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Fall 2022 Dean's List
Students enrolled in a degree program who have completed 12 credits with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher this semester with no grade lower than “C” are eligible for this scholastic honor.
Putting students first
Jonathan Miller joins CCRI as the Dean of Student Engagement, where he will develop programs to improve the transition of students to and through CCRI with an emphasis on retention and graduation.
Tasked with providing a vibrant and engaging college and campus experience for all students, Providence's Taiwo Adefiyiju joins CCRI as the new Dean of Students.
Suspense is in the air
The CCRI Players return to the stage tomorrow in Providence with Deathtrap, a comedic thriller in which a struggling playwright wrestles with his moral compass when presented with a major opportunity.
CCRI receives a $400,000 grant from the Strada’s Employer and Community College Partnership Challenge to address emergent workforce training needs in the state’s oral healthcare sector.
In the limelight
After building his theater career as a director and actor, longtime CCRI professor Ted Clement has finally written his first play, which premiers this Thursday at the Bobby Hackett Theatre.
An enlightening experience
Technical Assistant Luis Paz recently spent a week in his home country of Guatemala with members of his church on a dental mission trip to educate youth on the importance of proper dental care.
Lightening the mood
In a departure from their usual adaptation of Shakespearean works, the CCRI Players are bringing levity to their 2022–23 season opener this Thursday with Clown Bar live from the Bobby Hackett Theatre.