Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University are set to receive a national award for its popular CCC2NAU program. Noel-Levitz, a national higher education consulting firm with offices in Colorado and Iowa, awarded the college the 2012 Lee Noel-Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award.
"Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University are excellent examples of how strong working partnerships among higher education institutions improve educational opportunities for all," said CCC President Dr. Leah L. Bornstein.
CCC2NAU was selected to receive the award for its partnership between the college and university.
"Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College created a ground-breaking example of partnership that focuses on student success," said NAU President John Haeger. "It has served as a model for additional 2NAU programs and has been duplicated at other state universities and colleges around the country."
Veronica Hipolito, CCC Director of Student Services and Eva Putzova of NAU will accept the award at the 2012 National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing, and Retention in Chicago, July 24-26. More than 1,000 professionals from over 600 colleges and universities throughout North America will attend this conference to share state-of-the-art enrollment practices.
CCC2NAU is a transition program that allows students to take classes at CCC until they are ready to take classes at Northern Arizona University. The program started in 2008 and provides intensive advising to help the student develop a transition plan to the university.
The program has an average one-year retention and transition rate of 86.1 percent compared to 76 percent average one-year retention rate for all transfer students, measured over the past three years.
Noel-Levitz has consulted with more than 2,700 public and private colleges and universities across North America, helping these campuses and systems reach and exceed their goals for student recruitment, financial aid, student retention and completion, and strategic enrollment management.