The Alamo Colleges District and its five colleges—San Antonio College, St. Philip’s College, Palo Alto College, Northwest Vista College and Northeast Lakeview College—have achieved yet another success in their efforts to increase student completion, awarding 12,759 degrees and certificates to students in FY2017! This represents a 224% increase over FY2006 and an all-time record for the Alamo Colleges District. This achievement also reflects a substantial 117.9% increase in degrees awarded by the Alamo Colleges District from FY2011 to FY2016.
According to Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie, this latest achievement reflects the exceptional work of Alamo Colleges District faculty and staff, and more than 370 dedicated Four Disciplines of Execution (4DX) teams at the colleges and across the district. Leslie credits the district’s implementation of the 4DX for contributing significantly to this accomplishment.
This record number of degrees and certificates also places the Alamo Colleges District well ahead of schedule in fulfilling its part of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60x30TX Texas Higher Education Strategic Plan, which envisions at least 60% of Texans ages 25-34 earning a college certificate or degree by 2030,” he added.
Among the many other initiatives which the Alamo Colleges District has implemented are efforts to award degrees and certificates to students who have earned enough hours for one but left their college without graduating. One such student, Janelle Bazar, left Alamo Colleges District – San Antonio College (SAC) in 2012 without graduating, although she had earned enough credit hours for an associate degree. She left college to work part-time and support family members in pursuing their education and now works as a business administrator. When she was contacted by the college to receive her degree, she was very thankful and was impressed that “they would be willing to make the effort to reach out to me.” Bazar is now hoping to reenroll at SAC and earn a certificate in business administration.