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07/21/2005
Hudson Valley Ranked Among Country's Most Productive Community Colleges

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, July 21, 2005

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 2003-2004 academic year, show that Hudson Valley had 1,453 associate degree graduates during that academic year, ranking it 43rd among all two-year colleges in the number of associate degrees awarded. Hudson Valley's ranking should continue to rise over the coming years. For the most recent academic year (2004-2005), the college had 1,634 graduates, the largest graduating class since 1999.

The newspaper ranks the Top 100 two-year and four-year colleges based on the number of associate degrees and one- and two-year certificates conferred. In the most recent survey, Miami-Dade Community College in Florida ranked first among all schools offering two-year degrees, with 5,450 graduates.

In addition, Hudson Valley also ranked eighth among all two-year colleges in the number of Criminal Justice associate's degrees granted during the 2003-2004 year, according to the survey.

There are 2,241 public and private two-year colleges in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. The NCES estimates that in the year 2005, over 6.1 million students will be enrolled in degree-granting two-year institutions.

"These rankings are a testament to the impact of Hudson Valley Community College here in the Capital Region and its growing national presence as an educational leader," said President Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D. "One of the reasons for our growth is that the college continues to seek new ways to meet the educational needs of our community, through off-campus courses, online learning or customized workforce training."

Hudson Valley is the fifth largest community college among the 30 in the State University of New York system, up from seventh largest last year.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 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 60,000 alumni.