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RSCC named Community College of the Year

Roane State has been named Community College of the Year as part of the College System of Tennessee’s second-annual Statewide Outstanding Achievement Recognition Awards.

The announcement was made April 7 during the Tennessee Board of Regents’ spring quarterly meeting, which was held via conference call.

The board cited Roane State’s many outstanding accomplishments during the past year as reason for the honor.

Roane State has attained distinction for using a success coach model that provides every entering student with a single source at their local campus to assist with academic, financial aid, and career advisement for the first year. This singular focus on student success extends to the classroom with the initiation of the Learning in Action project. As part of this effort, faculty are integrating active and collaborative learning to help students engage more deeply with their coursework and generate a sense of belonging with each other.

Roane State has also implemented a Middle College model that has enabled almost 160 high school students in six area school systems to attain an Associate’s degree concurrent with their high school graduation. Approximately 90 Middle College students are anticipated to graduate this academic year.