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

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, August 30, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College again ranks as one of the largest and most productive two-year colleges in the United States, placing it among the top 6 percent of community colleges nationwide in terms of annual graduation rate.

According to a survey recently released by Community College Week, a bi-weekly higher education newspaper, Hudson Valley awarded 1,975 associate degrees in 2011-2012, earning a rank of 63rd among the nation’s two-year schools.

Community College Week ranks the top two- 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 100 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 18th); Nassau Community College (25th); Monroe Community College (37th); and Erie Community College (57th); awarded more associate degrees in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Community College Week also ranks the top 50 institutions by number of degrees awarded in certain academic areas based upon the U.S. Department of Education’s Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). Among two-year colleges, Hudson Valley ranked seventh in homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services associate degrees granted; 10th in the number of general sales, merchandising and marketing degrees; 15th in the number of criminal justice degrees ; 20th in the number of family and consumer science degrees; 25th in natural resources and conservation degrees; 30th in business, management and marketing degrees; 30th in precision products degrees; and 34th in communication technologies and support services.

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 45 percent of all American undergraduates, according to the AACC.

According to the study, 2011-2012 saw an all-time high in the number of two-year degrees awarded across the country. In all, just over 1 million associate degrees were awarded in that year, an 8 percent increase from the previous year. The number of associate degrees awarded annually has increased about 5 percent each year since 2001. For the first time in a decade however, the AACC is estimating a 3.1 percent decrease in enrollment, nationwide.

For two consecutive years, Hudson Valley has been named 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 best community colleges, according to The Aspen Institute, which offers the $1 million prize. The college also has been recognized as a Military Friendly College by GI Jobs magazine for three consecutive years.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 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 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.