Every year, Community College Week reviews U.S. Department of Education data to compile its national list of Top 100 Associate Degree producers. In its 2014 Top 100, CNM ranks in the top 10 in several categories. CNM ranks No. 2 among the 1,100-plus community colleges nationwide for the number of associate degrees earned by Hispanics and American Indians.
The rankings review the most current figures available, which are from the 2012-13 academic year. CNM ranks 11th among all community colleges in the country for the total number of associate degrees awarded to students. CNM also ranked in the top 10 in the country for certificates awarded. CNM awarded 3,368 associate degrees in 2012-13, including 1,445 to Hispanics and 204 to American Indians. CNM also ranked third in the country for two-year certificates awarded (3,246) and seventh in the country for one-year certificates (2,817). CNM graduated 6,732 students in 2012-13, which was an all-time high for the college and a 208 percent increase from the 2008-09 academic year.
“This isn’t just great news for CNM and its graduates – it’s great news for our region and our state,” CNM President Katharine Winograd said. “Our college has been intently focused on helping more of our students graduate in recent years because we know that our state needs a more educated workforce to support economic development efforts. CNM will continue to do its best to support our students and their journey to becoming college graduates. Every time a student graduates with a college degree or certificate, it creates a ripple effect that positively impacts their family, our community and our state.”
In 2011, CNM established an innovative student-support model called CNM Connect that has been emulated at other community colleges around the country. CNM Connect provides students with a one-stop location at every campus to access all kinds of services, including Achievement Coaches, financial coaching and workshops, on-site access to public benefits screenings, access to scholarship applications, stress management and study skills workshops, and referrals to services in the community for things like childcare and housing.
In recent years, CNM also put more emphasis on searching its databases to identify students who had completed all of the required coursework in a certificate or degree program. Increasing graduation numbers in recent years and the implementation of CNM Connect also contributed to CNM earning the Student Success Award from the American Association of Community Colleges in 2013. The AACC represents more than 1,100 two-year colleges.