Posted at 12:45 p.m., March 7

LCCC one of the top community colleges in nation

Based on quality, cost, student success rate

Laramie County Community College was recently named one of the top community colleges in the nation. LCCC was ranked 33rd out of 565 public two-year community colleges in the country, by the financial technology company SmartAsset.

Criteria for the rankings included four areas reflective of each institutions quality, cost, student success rate, and return on investment. According to LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer, the student success rate was based on whether students had completed a degree or certificate as well as if students had transferred successfully. Return on investment was based on whether students were able to go out in the workforce and make enough money to make up for the funds used to attend the college. In-state students can go to LCCC for little to nothing thanks to the Hathaway scholarship, and the out of state tuition is a lot cheaper than the majority of community colleges in the region excluding California, which who has the lowest tuition for community colleges. Institution quality was based on the amount of programs offered, as well as student to teacher ratio.

LCCC has a wide spectrum of programs to offer and the student to teacher ratio is outstanding when comparing the student to teacher ratio at a 4-year university.

“We haven’t ranked well historically, it’s nice to see us moving in the right direction, and it’s nice to see positive outcomes,” Schaffer said. “I’m glad the ranking system is starting to use more recent data, in past rankings they would follow student cohorts for a long period of time so they would be using old data. In the past two years there have been record-breaking numbers for graduation, and enrollment has been lower for those couple of years, showing that many students are succeeding.”