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PRESS RELEASE

April 13, 2004

Frances Marine or
MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Horne Touts Florida Community College Success on 2003 Digital Community College Survey
Eight Florida community colleges receive top ten ranking

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne and Community Colleges Chancellor David Armstrong today congratulated eight Florida community colleges for their success on the national 2003 Digital Community Colleges Survey as ranked by the Center of Digital Education, in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The survey annually studies how our nation's community colleges are using information technology to provide quality service to their faculty, students and the public.

"Florida's community college system continues to shine," Commissioner Horne said. "I am so proud that these schools continue to strive for excellence, while providing a valuable service and a quality education to students."

Florida Community College at Jacksonville ranked number one in the 'large-urban' category. Other top rankings include St. Petersburg College (5th), Miami Dade College (6th-tie), Daytona Beach Community College (7th-tie), and Tallahassee Community College (7th-tie). Lake-Sumter Community College tied for 10th place in the top 10 'small' category. Indian River Community College (3rd) and Brevard Community College (5th) placed in the top 10 'mid-sized/suburban' category.

For more information, visit AACC's website at www.aacc.nche.edu or visit the Center for Digital Education's website at www.centerdigitaled.com.