SAC Hits Home Run
San Antonio College hit a home run with the College’s wildly important goal (WIG) of completion—awarding a record number of degrees and certificates throughout the 2016-2017 academic year.
According to Dr. Lisa Alcorta, Vice President for Student Success, early reports estimate SAC will award more than 5,531 degrees and/or certificates when the final tally is made official on the state report, due October 15, 2017.
Graduates who participated in the 2017 Commencement Ceremony in May 2017 are included in that overall total. As well, students who have attended SAC in the last five years, dating all the way back to the Fall 2012 semester, are also factored into that total. SAC awarded 5,032 degrees and certificates in the 2015-2016 academic year reaching a new all-time high up to that point.
“Far too often, students leave SAC to pursue other educational/career opportunities without graduating or even knowing they qualify to earn a credential,” explained Joe Jacques, Associate Director in the Admissions Department. “They are actually leaving behind a credential that they have rightfully earned.”
Throughout the past semester and the summer months, Vice President Alcorta led a team of student success professionals, faculty members and department chairs from a variety of disciplines in a special initiative called Project Graduation.
The cross-College task force came together to reach out to the students, review their academic records, and ensure that SAC was awarding the appropriate credential.
“I am extremely proud of our Student Success teams for collaborating on this massive project,” said Dr. Lisa Alcorta. “We were able to work hand-in-hand with faculty and chairs to ensure our students are getting the proper credentials,” she continued. “This synergy resulted in SAC awarding a record number of degrees and certificates for the third year in a row.”
The certified numbers, and the official total, will be available later this semester as the final report is due by October 15, 2017. For now, SAC is planning a special celebration for the entire College community on Friday, September 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Scobee Education Center.