Online degree gets high marks

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Online degree gets high marks

Fri May 7, 2021

Colby Community College ranks third in the Best Associate Degree in Liberal Arts study conducted by Best Value Schools, a higher education resource for students and parents. The research reviewed colleges that offer a liberal arts degree entirely online.

The schools were measured with a matrix of cost, faculty-to-student ratio, and graduation rate. CCC's average online tuition is $131 per credit hour, with about 18 students for every faculty member. The college posted a graduation rate of 42.2 percent.

In recent years, CCC made substantial progress in growing ColbyConnect, the college's online platform. After allocating resources to 24-hour tutoring and tech support, a systematic quality check on courses, and an aggressive marketing campaign, enrollment has surged over five years. The Trojan Advising Center on campus serves distance learning students, boosting retention while keeping the institution among the state's elite for graduation rates.