Zane State College Ranked Ninth in the Nation

Dr. Paul Brown, President of Zane State CollegeZane State College, one of the OACHE’s ten member higher-education institutions, is ranked ninth among two-year colleges in the nation, according to a report released this week by Washington Monthly.

The results are based on graduation rates and on student feedback as collected in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, or CCSSE. The survey measures how well two-year colleges are using teaching techniques that lead to better learning.

“We are proud that we represented Ohio in such a positive way,” said Dr. Paul Brown, president of Zane State College. “The ranking is a real source of pride for the College and the communities we serve.”

Dr. Brown credits Zane State College’s supportive boards and the personal touch philosophy—demonstrated by faculty and staff, as well as members of the community—as factors that had the greatest impact on its high ranking.

“Over and above the rankings, CCSSE tells us how we are satisfying our students’ needs,” said Dr. Brown. “Our success depends on our ability to solicit feedback from students and area employers and we’ve managed to do this very well. The end result is a graduation rate approaching three times the national average and alumni who go on to fulfilling careers.”

Washington Monthly cites the fact that 43 percent of all college freshmen begin their education at two-year institutions as an important reason for ranking two-year colleges.

Specific measurements in determining the rankings include academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, support for learners, student effort, and graduation rates.

The Washington Monthly article, “America’s Best Community Colleges,” is available at

For information about Zane State College’s programs, or to apply, contact the Admissions Office at 740-588-1226 or toll-free at 800-686-8324 ext. 1226, or visit the College’s website at

Last edited on 02.22.2008 at 8:57 a.m. by Laura Risler