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CC Week: Seminole State No. 15 in nation for A.A. degrees awarded

Seminole State is No. 15 out of about 3,000 institutions nationwide in the number of students graduating with Associate in Arts (A.A.)/liberal arts degrees.

Seminole State College of Florida remains among the Top 20 on Community College Week’s annual list of the Top 100 producers of two-year degrees in the nation.

The Top 100 list, published Aug. 18, ranks Seminole State No. 15 in the nation for graduating students who earn Associate in Arts (A.A.)/liberal arts degrees. This matches last year's ranking.

The magazine’s analysis is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics for the 2012-13 academic year and represents approximately 3,000 institutions that confer degrees and certificates.

For overall associate degrees awarded (A.A. and A.S.), Seminole State ranks No. 27 (up from No. 33 in 2013) and No. 11 among college's offering four-year degrees. In 2012-13, 2,799 associate degrees were awarded at Seminole State.

Seminole State saw an increase in the number of certificates awarded in 2012-13, ranking No. 8 for one-year certificates. That's up from No. 31 the previous year.

Dr. Mark Morgan, associate vice president of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, says the increase in the number of certificates awarded is evidence that Seminole State's retention and completion initiatives are paying off.

"We've embedded every credit certificate within a degree program," Morgan says. "As students make progress in an associate degree program, they are picking up these credentials along the way. We're helping students get to these milestones, and they are responding by finishing their courses and earning certificates."

Seminole State awarded more than 3,000 certificates in 2012-13 compared to about 1,700 in 2011-12.

In other categories, Seminole State was ranked:

  • No. 45 for associate degrees awarded to all minority students
  • No. 47 for associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students
  • No. 58 for associate degrees awarded to African-American students

Details are available on Community College Week's website.

Additional Rankings

Best value award: Seminole State received additional recognition recently as one of 20 colleges and universities in the nation selected for the inaugural Best Value School Award granted by University Research & Review. A panel of educators chose Seminole State based on its affordable cost, student satisfaction and programs offered. The College is one of only three public colleges selected for the award and one of only two colleges in Florida.

Hispanic enrollment ranking: Seminole State also is among the top schools for enrollment of Hispanic undergraduate students in the United States, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine. The magazine, which annually compiles its report of Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics, ranked Seminole State No. 57 in the Top 100 Four-Year Colleges and Universities Enrollment Undergraduate Degrees. Seminole State was one of 16 Florida institutions to make this list.

Fall classes are underway with additional sessions starting Sept. 15 and Oct. 20. Visit Seminole State's website to apply and register today.

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