NCC Named Best Community College in the Nation for Middle-Class Mobility in Higher Education

Northwest Iowa Community College has been named as the best community college in the nation for colleges that are most associated with upward economic mobility. In a study conducted by the Brookings Institute, Opportunity engines: Middle-Class Mobility in Higher Education, NCC ranked No.1 out of the 2-year schools from across the nation.

The Brookings Institute is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Their mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level. On their website they explain the reason for the study, “Inequality in the United States has been rising in recent decades, while intergenerational mobility remains low. This means that absolute mobility — the extent to which children are economically better off than their parents — is declining, and intergenerational inequality is increasingly entrenched.” They go on to state, “Our measure is the share of students at a college who come from the middle quintile of the parental income distribution — and move up at least one quintile in adulthood.”

Dr. Alethea Stubbe, NCC President, commented, “This is why the community college systems were developed across the United States — to provide access to an affordable and high quality education to our community members. In the end, not only do individuals benefit from this process so also do their family members, future family members, and ultimately the communities they live in. It is fundamentally providing access to the American dream — if you work hard you can benefit from that hard work to help yourself, your family, and your community thrive. Everyone wants the next generation to be more successful and this report is one indicator that NCC is helping our community members achieve just that. It’s a wonderful feeling for everyone at the College to be recognized for that contribution to our area and indeed, our State.”

The researchers for The Opportunity Insights Mobility Report Cards used data for this study that built on the College Scorecard Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Education. They also compiled de-identified data from tax returns, linked to information about colleges, to construct this publicly available database for colleges in the United States.

Top 5 2-Year Colleges in the U.S.A:

  1. Northwest Iowa Community College
  2. North Dakota State College of Science
  3. Lake Area Technical Institute
  4. Linn State Technical College
  5. Mitchell Technical Institute

To read the report in its entirety: https://www.brookings.edu/research/opportunity-engines-middle-class-mobility-in-higher-education/?preview_id=807920

NCC has been the recipient of a number of national awards over the past several years:

2021, 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011 — NCC was recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Best 150 Community Colleges in the nation. Out of 1,047 community colleges in the country, only 15 have been recognized as a top Aspen College all 6 times since the inception of the competition. This places NCC in the top 1.43% of the highest performing community colleges in the nation!

2020 — #4 in the Nation Health Information Technology Program (RHIT Degree Program), Intelligent.com; #11 in the Nation Online Associate in Criminal Justice Degree Program, TheBestSchools.org; #17 In the Nation Best Online Certificate in Medical Coding program, BestColleges.com.

2019 — #3 for Career Outcomes in the Nation and #12 Best Overall Community College in the nation, WalletHub.com; #1 Best Online Community College in the Nation, SR Education Group; #5 in the Nation Best Online Associate in Computer Science Programs, TheBestSchools.org; #10 in the Nation Best Automotive Trade Programs, TradeSchoolGrants.com; #4 Best College Overall in the State of Iowa, EdSmart.com (includes community colleges, 4-year colleges, and universities); #8 in the Nation — 2-Year Colleges with the Best Graduation Rates (65%), Chronicle of Higher Education, August 2019.

2018 — #1 Electrical Program in the United States, Schools.com; Best Junior Colleges for Employment in Iowa and #4 Best in the United States, Zippia.com; #4 top Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program in Iowa, PracticalNursing.org.

2017 — Best Two Year College in the State of Iowa, PayScale.com; #4 Best Junior College for Getting a Job in the Nation and #1 in the State of Iowa, Zippia.com; NCC’s Pharmacy Technician Program #2 in the Nation, TheBestColleges.org; #11 Best Community Colleges in America, Niche.com; #2 in the State of Iowa Among all 2-Year Colleges, LearnHowtoBecome.org.

2016 — #12 nationally for Premier National Online Associate Degree Program, BestColleges.com; Best Two Year College in Iowa, BestColleges.com.

2015 — #3 Best Online College in the U.S., BestColleges.com; Top 45 Colleges in the Nation, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education.

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