Once again, Hudson Valley Community College ranks as one of the largest and most productive two-year colleges in the United States, according to a report recently released by Community College Week, a bi-weekly higher education newspaper.
The Troy college awarded 1,974 associate degrees in 2012-2013, which places it among the top 5 percent of community colleges nationwide in terms of annual graduation rate.
The college is 44th among the nation’s two-year schools in the number of associate degrees awarded. Hudson Valley has consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 community colleges for the past decade. Data for the report comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics.
There are 1,025 public community colleges that offer associate degrees in the United States, according to the American Association of Community Colleges(AACC).
Hudson Valley is the fifth most productive college among the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system. Suffolk Community College (ranked 10th); Nassau Community College (12th); Monroe Community College (21st); and Erie Community College (32nd); awarded more associate degrees in the 2012-2013 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 all colleges nationwide awarding associate degrees, Hudson Valley ranked 8th in the number of general sales, merchandising and marketing degrees; 18th in the number of parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies degrees; 18th in the number of criminal justice degrees ; 19th in homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services associate degrees ; 19th in engineering technology degrees; 29th in family and consumer science degrees; 31st in natural resources and conservation degrees; 38th in science technologies degrees; and 39th in business, management and marketing degrees.
Despite a nationwide drop in the number of degrees and certificates awarded by community colleges during the year, the number of associate degrees awarded topped 1 million in the 2012-2013 academic year. This was only the second time the annual number of associate degrees awarded exceeded 1 million. The AACC estimates that community college students make up 45 percent of all American undergraduates.
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 nearly 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.