Zane State Earns National Honors

by WHIZ Reporter on March 9, 2012 at 6:07 am

Zane State College is receiving national recognition for student success.

The college was recognized with the "Leah Meyer Austin Institutional Student Success Leadership Award" as number one in the nation for closing achievement gaps and increasing student retention rates.

Zane State President Dr. Paul Brown said being recognized is a tremendous honor for the school.

"We’re being recognized by our peers, as being the best in the country. So, it means a lot to us, it means a lot to the college, and we hope that it means a great deal to this community as well," said Dr. Brown.

Zane State reported the average student success rate across all developmental courses is 78%

Dr. Brown said the school is the smallest college in the award’s four-year history to receive such recognition.

"We’re the only Institution in the country that is a rural community college, that has received this award. And, we’re the only college that has a student population of less than 10,000 students that have won this award, too," added Dr. Brown.

The award also comes with $25,000 in prize money for the college.