FALL RIVER — Bristol Community College was recently ranked #95 in the Best Colleges for Adult Learners among 2-year colleges in Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and rankings.

Since 2005, Washington Monthly has released an annual College Guide and rankings, where schools are rated based on what they are doing for the country. Washington Monthly rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country), according to a news release.

Bristol Community College is supporting adult learners in several ways. The college has established an Adult Learner Task Force, including members from across the college who are collaborating to create more opportunities for adult students. The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program encourages students to demonstrate learning from prior life experiences, including work, volunteer, or military experience, to gain credits applied to their program or certificate. The college also offers a free College Success Seminar one-credit required course for all programs, where students receive unique support and can make connections with other adult learners.

“BCC is actively seeking ways in which to engage new adult learners and support their academic progress. We understand the needs of adult learners and offer many services to help students come back to school. We know how to help students’ succeed, and that families and our communities are depending on it.” said Suzanne M. Buglione, Ed.D., Dean of Bristol Community College’s Lash Division of Teaching and Learning.

Washington Monthly’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners among 2-year colleges list began with the 7,647 postsecondary institutions listed in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) as being active in the 2015–16 academic year. The sample was then limited based on several factors including not participating in federal financial aid programs, being located outside of the fifty states, not having data on the percent of adult students, and more.

The sample examined, resulted in 2,425 colleges, 1,133 of which are considered four-year colleges, and 1,292 of which are considered two-year colleges. Seven metrics were then applied to the sample to achieve the lists ranking, including ease of transfer/enrollment, flexibility of programs, services available for adult students, the percent of adult students (age 25+) at the college, mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition and fees for in-district students.

For more information about this ranking, visit http://washingtonmonthly.com/2017college-guide?ranking=best-colleges-for-adult-learners-2-year-colleges-21b79c63-3d59-4a7a-9353-03246566aacd.