Valencia College now ranks fourth in the number of associate degrees awarded to students, out of almost 3,000 colleges and universities across the country, according to a ranking published by Community College Week.
To compile its annual Top 100 rankings, the editors of Community College Week used data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and focused on degrees conferred during the 2012 – 2013 academic year. In that year, Valencia awarded 7,117 associate degrees, including 3,376 earned by minority students. The rankings were published on Monday, August 18, 2014.
“Valencia’s continued focus on student success is paying off,” said Sandy Shugart, College president. “For the past decade, the College has targeted its efforts toward helping all students succeed. These rankings underscore the role that Valencia plays as the first step to college for many students in Central Florida.”
Also noteworthy, the College ranks fifth in the nation in the number of degrees awarded to Hispanic students and seventh in the number awarded to African-Americans. The College also ranked second in the nation — out of 5,658 colleges and universities and other educational institutions — in the number of one-year certificates awarded.
Aside from the number of overall associate degrees conferred, Valencia ranked high in the number of associate degrees awarded across a number of academic disciplines: second in the number of degrees awarded in general studies and the humanities; 14th in computer and information sciences; 25th in engineering technologies and engineering-related fields; 28th in registered nursing; and 34th in business.
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