June 23, 2015

For the second straight year, students who transferred from East Central Community College to four-year institutions earned the highest cumulative grade point average (GPA) of all community college transfers in the state of Mississippi.

Students who transferred from East Central to one of the state’s eight public, four-year institutions earned a 3.22 GPA, according to data released from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). Students from the community/junior college with the second highest GPA earned a 3.21. The average for all 15 community colleges combined was a 3.13 GPA.

The report also again showed that community college transfer students performed academically as well or better in university courses than students who began their education at the senior institutions. The “native” students earned a 3.10 GPA.

ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart said that he was extremely proud of the former students and for the role East Central Community College faculty and staff played in preparing the students to transfer to the four-year university level.

“This data, compiled and reported by the IHL, affirms the results of our college’s dedication to Student Success and Teaching and Learning, two hallmark commitments of our strategic plan for the future, 2020 Vision,” Stewart said. “When we adopted this plan in February 2013, these are the results we anticipated. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for preparing East Central transfer students well for the academic challenges of a university. Based on the performance of our transfer students, no one does that better in the state of Mississippi than East Central Community College.”

East Central Community College offers the two-year pre-baccalaureate Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees, with more than 201 areas of concentration. These academic courses are guaranteed to transfer as a result of an Articulation Agreement between Mississippi’s community colleges and the state’s public four-year colleges and universities.

The college also offers two-year terminal degrees in healthcare, career and technical fields of study.

For more information about attending East Central Community College, contact ECCC Student Services at 601-635-6205 or e-mail rlee@eccc.edu.