College Rises to 24th in the Nation, Remains Second in New York State, on National List
Columbia-Greene Community College, a campus of the State University of New York, has been named one of the best community colleges in the country for the second year in a row.
According to a list compiled by WalletHub,a personal finance research, surveying, and review body, C-GCC ranked second in the state and 24th in the nation out of 715 community colleges.
In turn, New York State ranks fifth on the 2018 list of the Best Community College Systems in the Nation, (behind South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and Arkansas).
C-GCC President James R. Campion said the results of the WalletHub report are both encouraging and proof of a long-standing mission to provide the programs and services most needed by the surrounding communities.
“C-GCC has always been focused on our student opportunity and success,” he said. “This ranking is great news for us, because it proves on many levels that we are achieving our goals. At the same time, it offers us some actionable data points to make further improvements to the campus and its programs.”
Data used to create this ranking were collected from the National Center for Education Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, and College Measures, and analyzedusing 17 different metrics ranging from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to retention rates and to career outcomes. The report also underscored the overall affordability of a community-college education.
“Community colleges offer students the ability to get higher education without having as much financial strain,” the report states. “Students who earn their general-education credits at a community college before transferring to an in-state public four-year university can potentially save a lot of money.”
A comprehensive two-year college offering a variety of transfer and career programs leading to associate degrees in Arts, Science, Applied Science, and Occupational Studies, C-GCC also offers one-year certificate programs and both credit- and non-credit courses geared toward community interest. Approximately 80 percent of entering students receive some form of financial aid, and those who transfer from C-GCC to a four-year college save up to 40 percent on the overall cost-per-year of their education.