Supporting Community College Completion with a Culture of Caring: A Case Study of Amarillo College
This report is an in-depth case study of the No Excuses Poverty Initiative at
Amarillo College (AC), a midsize community college in the Texas Panhandle.
Nearly a decade ago, AC’s leadership initiated a reflective and intentional series
of steps to help alleviate the conditions of poverty affecting their students and
promote the chances those students complete their degrees. The college has
received widespread press and recognition for its work. This case study is the first
intensive, evidence-based examination of that initiative, its key components, and
its impact on student success.