COC ranked among top 35 colleges for Hispanic students

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News release 

College of the Canyons has been ranked nationally No. 18 and 31 in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine for enrolling the largest number of Hispanic students and granting the most degrees, respectively. 

The magazine rankings for the Top 100 Community Colleges for Hispanics are based on the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System data for community colleges with the highest number of Hispanic students enrolled during fall 2021 and spring 2022.  

“As a Hispanic-serving institution, we are proud to be ranked once again among the nation’s top colleges and universities for Hispanic students,” Diane Fiero, COC’s deputy chancellor and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, said in a news release. “It speaks to our unwavering commitment to serve the needs of our diverse students.” 

According to the data, the college had a Hispanic population of 13,631 students, totaling 48.8% of the total student enrollment, which was 27,936 in the year 2021-22. That same year, of the 3,257 associate degrees awarded by the college, 1,490 degree recipients were Hispanic students.  

Many Hispanic students attending COC have benefited from the college’s innovative programs, such as the Canyons Promise program, which gives incoming students the tools and resources they need to transition smoothly into college life, the release said. Of the 7,183 students the program has admitted since its 2017 launch, 54% self-identified as Hispanic.  

The program, originally known as First-Year Promise, provides increased opportunities for new full-time college students to achieve their educational goals by waiving tuition and fees during their first year of study.  

Students who maintain the program’s requirements may have their Canyons Promise benefits extended to their second year of study.  

Accepted students enroll in a one-year sequence of courses with priority registration, preceded by a week-long summer boot camp to learn skills needed to be a successful college student.  Canyons Promise courses are offered with the benefits of free open educational resources to use as textbooks, peer mentors, and other learning community elements. To ensure students remain on track, ongoing counseling and student support is also offered. Additionally, Canyons Promise students receive a parking pass or city bus pass. 

The Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine’s annual ranking is based on total student enrollment, the percentage of Hispanic students in attendance, two-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanic students, and the percentage of associate degrees to Hispanic students by two-year schools. 

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