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Hudson Valley Ranked Among Country’s Most Productive Community Colleges

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 22, 2009

Hudson Valley Community College again ranks as one of the largest and most productive American two-year colleges, according to a survey released recently by Community College Week, a bi-weekly higher education newspaper.

The rankings, which are based on numbers from the 2007-2008 academic year, show that Hudson Valley had 1,711 associate’s degree graduates during that academic year, ranking it 52nd nationally among all colleges in the number of associate’s degrees awarded.

Community College Week ranks the Top 100 two-year and four-year colleges based on the number of associate degrees and one- and two-year certificates conferred.

According to study, which is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, Hudson Valley is the fifth most productive among the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system. Only Suffolk County Community College (ranked 11th), Nassau Community College (13th), Monroe Community College (21st) and Erie Community College (44th) ranked higher than Hudson Valley in the number of degrees they awarded.

The school awarding the largest number of associate’s degrees nationally was the University of Phoenix, which awarded 12,119 degrees during the 2007-2008 academic year. The largest exclusively two-year school was Broward College of Florida, which awarded 4,715 associate’s degrees during that academic year.

Community College Week also ranks institutions by number of degrees awarded in certain academic areas, and Hudson Valley figured prominently in several of these academic sub-categories. Hudson Valley ranked eighth among all colleges in the number of criminal justice/security associate’s degrees granted; and ninth in the number of precision production degrees awarded.

There are 2,851 public and private colleges that offer associate degrees in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) estimates that there are more than 6 million students seeking a degree or certificate in degree-granting two-year institutions. Community college students make up 46 percent of all American undergraduates, according to the AACC.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, community colleges are facing a funding challenge in that state funding is not keeping pace with increasing costs due to inflation, an expected increase in high school graduation rates and consequent college enrollment increases.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.