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Student Success

Student success can be measured in multiple ways. The Achieving the Dream student success metric provides a comprehensive way of looking at student success which includes graduation, transfer to a four-year school, or continuing enrollment with 30 or more credits. The Achieving the Dream measure includes full and part-time degree-seeking students, in recognition of the fact that many students, especially those attending community colleges, do so on a part-time basis. This way of defining student success takes into account the varied intentions of our students who are not captured in traditional student success measures which are limited to first-time, full-time students.

Based on the Achieving the Dream metric for MassBay students, the rate of student success is not only consistent, but rather high — 51% for the Fall 2008 cohort — exceeding both the national rate of 42% and the average among community colleges in the Commonwealth of 47%. MassBay Community College has the highest Achieving the Dream success rate among all 15 community colleges in the Commonwealth.


Statistics in images of graphs. If you are visually impaired and would like to receive these in a Word document, please email Courtney Jackson at c jackson at massbay edu.

Click here to examine graduation, transfer, and retention rates of MassBay students.

MassBay Student Success Stories

Follow the links to below to read about some MassBay success stories.

MassBay Students Awarded $82,995 in Scholarships
Five MassBay Students Awarded One-Family Scholarships
Massachusetts Bay Community College Named as a 2016 STEM-Jobs Approved College
Three MassBay Students Awarded Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke-Scholarship
MassBay Student Wins Recognition from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation
Department of Higher Education Names Suhaily Penix as One of 29 Who Shine