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Calhoun President Klauber Announces Significant Gains in College’s Graduation Rates

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March 02, 2018
Calhoun President Klauber Announces Significant Gains in College’s Graduation Rates

Dr. James Klauber, Sr., president of Calhoun Community College, today announced that the college has increased its graduation rates by more than 92% since 2014.  The announcement was made during Calhoun’s spring professional development program.
According to data provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS), Calhoun’s three-year graduation rates have increased from 13% in 2014 to 25% for 2017.
“We are extremely excited with these recent graduation rates,” commented Klauber.  “There has been a college-wide commitment by our employees to increase our graduation rates, and the hard-work and diligence exhibited by our team is clearly evident in the significant increase we now see,” Klauber added.
Specific strategies implemented to increase Calhoun’s graduation rates include assigned advisors for students; streamlining the admissions process; promoting the importance of regular class attendance; and implementing strategies established as part of the College’s designation as an “Achieving the Dream” institution. 
According to information provided by Calhoun’s Institutional Research office, the most significant increases programmatically are in the college’s Advanced Manufacturing program, which produces graduates who are employed with such companies as Toyota, Polaris and Carpenter.  Additionally, significant rate increases have been realized with students graduating with Associate of Science degrees in General Studies, preparing these students to successfully pursue bachelor’s degrees from four-year colleges and universities.

Just as noteworthy, rates for male students experienced an overall increase of over 38%.  Rates were particularly impressive among male students of color:  African-American males increased over 100% and American Indian/Alaska Native males by more than 40%.  Additionally, graduation rates among Hispanic/Latino females almost quadrupled, increasing by more than 250%.

Today’s event at Calhoun coincides with National Employee Appreciation Day.  In recognition of the day and the announcement on graduation rates, a special resolution from the Alabama legislature, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, was presented during the program. Additionally, the group was treated to a rousing performance by the Huntsville Drumline.

Janet Kincherlow-Martin, Dean of Institutional Advancement