WKCTC Ranks in Top 10 in Forbes Magazine Article | Local News


West Kentucky Community and Technical College was named one of the top 10 community colleges in the country by Academic Influence and reported by Forbes magazine on March 7, school officials shared this week.

“I am deeply thrilled and excited for the WKCTC family and the hard work of our faculty and staff to receive yet another prestigious national Top 10 ranking!” Anton Reece, president of the WKCTC, said. “It’s especially gratifying as we continue to navigate the impact of COVID19 on enrollment and education delivery. These national rankings continue to raise our college’s profile and stellar reputation for excellence in academic and student achievement, which parents, students and community stakeholders see as a powerful factor in choosing WKCTC as a guaranteed return on investment. .

Michael T. Nietzel, editor-in-chief of Forbes, wrote that Academic Influence’s college ranking system uses intelligence technology to search massive databases and measure the impact of the work of college affiliates and universities around the world.

According to WKCTC, on March 4, a team of academics and data scientists released their first-ever ranking of America’s 50 Best Community Colleges – those two-year colleges that award associate’s degrees as well as a variety of certificates to short term. The rankings were derived from an initial list of 839 community colleges in the United States that met the following three conditions: They were fully accredited. They enrolled at least 1,000 students. They mainly offered two-year associate’s degree programs (with certificates in most cases).

According to the Forbes article, Academic Influence’s ranking approach is based on what the general public believes to determine the quality of a college. To measure this quality, a brand metric called “Concentrated Influence” is calculated. Using machine learning technology developed with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Academic Influence searches open source data from two massive sources – Wikipedia and CrossRef – for articles, chapters, books and quotes to people around the world.

WKCTC was the only college in Kentucky in the top 10 and the only one on the top 50 list. The top 10 community colleges in the country according to Academic Influence’s Top 50 list are: Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland), Roxbury Community College (Massachusetts), Eastern Maine Community College, Springfield Technical Community College (Massachusetts), College of Marin (California), Los Angeles City College, Lamar Institute of Technology (Texas), Kennedy-King College (Illinois), West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and Lamar State College-Port Arthur (Texas).

“The fact that WKCTC continues to be recognized nationally for its work is not only representative of the dedication of our faculty, staff and students,” said Reece, “but also of our community which has always supported and continues to support our college. “

The ranking listed in Forbes differs from the Aspen Award for Community College Excellence in which WKCTC was also named one of the top 10 community colleges in the country. The $ 1 million Aspen Prize will be awarded in May 2021.

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