STEUBENVILLE - The National Center for Education Statistics has placed Eastern Gateway Community College in the top tier of Ohio community colleges for graduation and transfer of its students.
The NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.
Eastern Gateway's transfer and graduation rate of 37 percent places the college fifth on the state chart recently published by CNNMoney.
College Measures, a joint venture of the American Institutes of Research and Matrix Knowledge Group, created a chart for CNNMoney to help students find the best options.
Based on the percentage of students who graduated within three years or transferred to four-year colleges, they compiled a "success" rating for each community college in the United States.
According to EGCC spokesperson Ann Koon, "Transfer options abound at Eastern Gateway where students can complete their first two years of college and transfer to a four-year institution with an associate of arts or associate of science degree. Also, students can take a few credits to transfer to another college as needed to supplement their courses of study at the home institution."
Eastern Gateway's Transfer Coordinator Johnna Provenzano assists students in planning, but said two key points are important for all students considering a transfer.
"Meet with the transfer coordinator or faculty adviser early in your program and course selection process. And consult the institution to where you plan to transfer," she said.
Provenzano said information about transfer opportunities at Eastern Gateway may be obtained by calling (800) 68-COLLEGE, extension 139. Information regarding the college's success rate can be found at www.nces.ed/collegenavigator.