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Hudson Valley Community College Again Ranked Among Country's Most Productive Community Colleges

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, June 14, 2012

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

According to the report, Hudson Valley awarded 1,786 associate degrees in 2010-2011, earning a rank of 44th among the nation’s two-year schools. Community College Week ranks the top two-year and four-year colleges based on the number of associate degrees and one- and two-year certificates conferred. Hudson Valley has consistently ranked among the nation’s top 60 community colleges for the past decade.

Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, the report shows that Hudson Valley is the fifth most productive college among the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system. Suffolk Community College (ranked 7th); Monroe Community College (15th); Nassau Community College (18th); and Erie Community College (35th); awarded more associate degrees in 2010-2011.

Community College Week also ranks the top 50 institutions by number of degrees awarded in certain academic areas based upon the US Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). Among two-year colleges, Hudson Valley ranked fourth in the number of criminal justice/security associate degrees granted; seventh in homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; ninth in the number of family and consumer science degrees; 13th in general sales, merchandising and marketing; and 18th in business, management and marketing degrees.

“The fact that Hudson Valley Community College graduates nearly 2,000 students annually is a testament to how important this institution is to the well being of the Capital Region,” said President Drew Matonak. “What the numbers do not show is the very real dedication and caring our faculty and staff show for our students every day. For nearly 60 years, we’ve made a difference in the lives of thousands of alumni, giving them a start or a second chance in higher education. We are so proud to be recognized for the number of students we help educate each year, but we are equally proud of the personal impact we make in our graduates’ lives.”

There are 1,132 community colleges that offer associate degrees in the United States, according to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The AACC estimates that there are more than 8 million students seeking a degree or certificate in degree-granting two-year institutions. Community college students make up 44 percent of all American undergraduates, according to the AACC.

According to the study, 2010-2011 saw an all-time high in the number of two-year degrees and one- and two-year certificates awarded across the country. In all, 942,208 associate degrees were awarded in that year, a 5 percent increase from the previous year.

Earlier this year, Hudson Valley learned it was once again one of 120 high-achieving two-year institutions eligible for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The eligibility puts the college among the top ten percent of the nation’s community colleges, according to The Aspen Institute, which is offering the $1 million prize.

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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.