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SFSC Ranks 50th Best College in the Nation

Submitted by on August 30, 2013 – 4:17 pmNo Comment

Mural-ImageWashington Monthly magazine recently ranked South Florida State College (SFSC) 50th among 700 community colleges in the United States. Four other Florida College System (FCS) institutions made the list: North Florida Community College, ranked #2; Chipola College, ranked #14; Miami Dade College, ranked #28; and Valencia College, ranked #36.

“It is an honor to be considered among these top 50 colleges in the country,” said Dr. Thomas C. Leitzel, president, SFSC. “It reflects our commitment to the college mission and to our service district of Highlands, Hardee, and DeSoto counties. Because of our dedicated and caring employees, our students get the education and support they need to become successful in the workforce or in pursuit of further education.”

Using data from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and U.S. Department of Education, Washington Monthly rates community colleges in a number of areas, including collaborative learning, student effort, academic rigor, student-faculty interaction, and support for learning. Retention, graduation and completion rates are also factored in to the rankings. Data are collected from 700 community colleges, which is more than two-thirds of all community colleges in the United States.

According to Washington Monthly’s editor, “We designed the Washington Monthly college rankings to embody the American higher education compact at the institutional level. Instead of lauding colleges for closing their doors to all but an elite few, we give high marks to institutions that enroll low-income students, help them graduate, and don’t charge them an arm and a leg to attend.”

“These rankings are especially important because they highlight the system’s mission of providing access to low-cost, high-quality education and job training,” said FCS Chancellor Randy Hanna. “I am extremely proud of all of our colleges for helping prepare Floridians for high-skill, high-wage jobs.”

For more information, view Washington Monthly’s rankings at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings_2013/community_rank.php

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