Pearl River was recognized as the 18th best community college in the nation
Published 13:05 Wednesday 14 December 2022
POPLARVILLE, miss— Countless alumni have said that Pearl River Community College is a fabulous place to start a new career or complete first work before transferring to a four-year institution. Now the Wildcat family is celebrating the wonderful news that The River has been classified as The River by Intelligent 18th Top community college in the nation along with the naming Best for Human Services programs.
Intelligent evaluated multiple benchmarks including affordability, program selection, reputation, faculty, and course delivery methods such as online, classroom, and hybrid courses. For the ranking, they evaluated 1,187 community colleges and 2,268 programs.
“This ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and administration to ensure our students receive an affordable and accessible education,” he said Vice President of Enrollment Management and Business Services Candace Harper. “PRCC is student-centric and their feedback and needs are our top priority. We’ve found that when we listen to our students, we make adjustments to fit their needs, and we continue to be efficient while providing exceptional service, great things happen.
“Our President and Board of Trustees have ensured that we have the resources needed to provide our students with a quality education as one of the top community colleges in the country.”
FURTHER GROWTH FOR PRCC
At a time when many schools have been losing students, The River has seen it enrollment growth for the past nine consecutive semesters, making it the fastest growing community college in Mississippi. For the past six years, the school has maintained a tuition freeze while adding new programs and granting pay increases to faculty and staff.
Fall 2022 saw record enrollments while maintaining its position of 4thth largest community college in Mississippi for the third consecutive semester. The River’s continued growth can be linked to higher education administration’s goal of making higher education affordable, accessible and efficient. Affordability is achieved through the combination of frozen base fees, a transition to digital textbooks, scholarship opportunities for students, and payment plans for the remaining balance.
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