Martinsville, VA – Every year, hundreds of faculty and staff from Virginia’s community colleges gather for a week-long professional development conference called New Horizons. During this year’s conference, Patrick Henry Community College was honored as one of three colleges in the state to receive the Excellence in Education Award. This award recognizes the colleges that lead the pack in fostering data-driven student success.
“I am thrilled,” says Dr. Greg Hodges PHCC’s vice president of institutional advancement, effectiveness, and campus life. “This recognition speaks volumes about our faculty. Because our instructors go above and beyond for students every day, the Virginia Community College System recognized PHCC as being among the best in Virginia.”
All 23 community colleges competed for this year’s award. To be considered, colleges submitted a paper explaining how their innovations and initiatives enhanced student success on their campuses. This written component counted for 50% of the score. A two-person presentation to a panel of judges comprised the remaining 50%.
Patrick Henry Community College spotlighted its use of an early alert system in all courses. The alert system helps PHCC connect student who may be struggling with an array of services designed to help them overcome challenges. According to the data PHCC collected, the college saw an increase in students staying in school and graduating on time after the system was implemented.
For its innovation in student success, PHCC was awarded third place and $1000. Other winners included Eastern Shore Community College (2nd place) and Paul D. Camp Community College (1st).