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Hudson Valley Ranked Among Country's Most Productive Community Colleges

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, June 29, 2011

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 1,763 associate degrees in 2009-2010, earning a rank of 38 out of 72 two-year colleges that made the list. Twenty-eight four-year colleges also were ranked to identify the 2011 Top 100 associate degree producers. 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.

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 10th); Monroe Community College (ranked 12th), Nassau Community College (14th); and Erie Community College (34th); awarded more associate degrees in 2009-2010.

Community College Week also ranks the top 50 institutions by number of degrees awarded in certain academic areas. Hudson Valley ranked seventh among all colleges in the number of criminal justice/security associate degrees granted. It ranked 13th in computer and information sciences and support services degrees, and 22nd in communication technologies/technicians and support services.

There are 1,167 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 7 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.

Earlier this year, Hudson Valley learned it was one of 120 high-achieving two-year institutions eligible for the inaugural 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.