Edison State receives high marks for student success, student satisfaction


PIQUA – Edison State Community College continues to build upon its history of student success and commitment to continued improvement in student satisfaction.

The 2018 results of the National Community College Benchmark Project show Edison State performing in the top 25 percent in more than 30 measures of student success and student satisfaction.

Measured against 242 community colleges nationwide, student satisfaction with admissions and financial aid ranks Edison State in the top 94th percentile. Overall student success for both full-time and part-time students as measured by persistence from fall to fall and successful student transfer and completion also rank Edison State in the top 90th percentile.

The report notes that very few students withdraw from Edison State courses. Edison President Doreen Larson said this is attributed to the dedication of faculty to the success of every student in their courses.

“Our faculty will work with students, encourage students and take all the time needed for students to overcome barriers and succeed,” Larson said.

Other areas of noted student satisfaction include the student-centeredness of the college, campus safety and security, service excellence and concern for the individual. The college’s strong financial position also ranks in the 90th percentile.

While receiving high marks in almost all areas, the college plans to integrate any areas with opportunity for improvement into its continued improvement strategy.

Larson said Edison State is one of the few community colleges experiencing enrollment increases with fall 2018 enrollment up by more than 10 percent.

“It may be the affordability of Edison State that brings students here, but it is the quality of service and strength of student support that sustains our student enrollment, and it is the positive word of mouth that serves as our most powerful marketing tool,” Larson said.

The NCCBP is conducted annually by The National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute. The full NCCBP report, available online, contains more than 150 benchmarks on student demographics, measures of student success, faculty and staff data, workforce and community outreach, institutional characteristics and effectiveness metrics and financial and mobility measures.