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08/13/2007
Hudson Valley Ranked Among Country’s Most Productive Community Colleges

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 13, 2007

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 2005-2006 academic year, show that Hudson Valley had 1,559 associate’s degree graduates during that academic year, ranking it 50th among all two-year colleges in the number of associate’s degrees awarded. Hudson Valley’s ranking should rise over the coming years. For the most recent academic year (2006-2007), the college had 1,830 graduates, the largest graduating class in the college’s history.

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 6,517 graduates. Hudson Valley is the fifth largest community college among the 30 in the State University of New York system.

In addition, Hudson Valley also ranked sixth among all colleges in the number of Criminal Justice associate’s degrees granted during the 2005-2006 year, according to the survey. During that year, the college saw 150 graduates from its Criminal Justice program

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 estimates that there are 6.6 million students seeking a degree or certificate in degree-granting two-year institutions.

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 60,000 alumni.