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LBWCC ranks high among peers


LBW Community College has several distinct high-ranking institutional strengths, according to a report by the National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP).

Established in 2004 to standardize a nation-wide benchmark reporting process, NCCBP issues annual reports highlighting benchmarks for which the institution ranks above the 85th percentile of all participating colleges nationwide.

LBWCC’s strengths include areas of academic success and faculty accessibility.

“This institutional strengths report shows us that we ranked high, in the 85th percentile, for students who successfully complete their first college-level composition course after having taken a developmental writing course at LBW,” said LBWCC President Dr. Herb Riedel. 

“In core academic skills, LBW has a 95 percent pass rate among students who complete pre-calculus algebra, placing us in the 99th percentile among peer institutions participating in the benchmark project.”

The ranking for LBWCC was in the 98th percentile for instructional faculty load, which shows a very high percentage of credit hours and sections are taught by full-time faculty, said Riedel.

“Full-time faculty members are able to offer office hours, making them more available to students outside of class. They also provide additional service to the College by serving on committees and providing leadership for students through club sponsorships and advising.”

The report also shows that LBWCC ranks strong for a low student-faculty ratio.

“We have a smaller student-faculty ratio than 87 percent of other participating colleges,” said Riedel. “This is advantageous because it means students get more individualized instruction from the faculty,” said Riedel.

LBWCC chose to participate in the volunteer benchmarking study because it is becoming more important to demonstrate effectiveness to federal, state, and accrediting agencies, he said.

“By participating in this project, we now have comparisons with other community colleges across the country on effectiveness and outcome measures.”

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Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges or SACSCOC to award the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College.