SAC is No. 5
Antonio College (SAC) was named No. 5 in the country among the Top 25 Community
Colleges for Hispanics by Hispanic
Outlook (HO) Magazine. The Top 25 ranking was published in the magazine's February 2017 issue.
The Top 25 list was based
on various factors including information supplied by the Department of
Education, such as: Percentage of Hispanics in Attendance, Total Student Enrollment, Two-Year Schools Awarding the Most Associate Degrees to Hispanics, and Percentage of Hispanics Awarded Associate Degrees by Two-Year Schools.
San Antonio College
currently enrolls some 20,000 students per semester. In Fall 2016, SAC’s ethnicity
breakdown was roughly 61 percent Hispanic, 25 percent White, 7 percent
African-American, and 7 percent Other.
Founded in 1925, SAC was
officially designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in 1986. During
that same year, SAC also became a founding member of the Hispanic Association
of Colleges and Universities (HACU.)
“We are extremely honored to
be named as one of the Top 5 community colleges in the nation for Hispanics,” said Dr. Robert Vela, President of San
Antonio College. “For more than 90 years, SAC has been a pillar of excellence
in our community, and this honor further illustrates our commitment to serving
the students in our own backyard.”
In the 2015-16 academic
year, SAC hit an all-time record awarding 5,032 degrees and certificates for
all students. As well, within the last two years, SAC has renewed efforts for
outreach and recruitment.
Part of the renewed efforts
include the “Find Your Future Tour,” a partnership with local high schools to
educate students about the importance of higher education, which launched in
Fall 2016. As well, SAC created a Parental Network, along with Region 20 and SAISD, which
provides programming and support for engaged parents interested in becoming advocates
for higher education.
On the home front, SAC’s
Tino & Millie Duran Welcome and Empowerment Centers continue to enroll hundreds
of prospective students each week, including non-traditional, first-generation
and first-time-in-college students.