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June 23, 2004

Frances Marine or
MacKay Jimeson
(850) 245-0413

Florida's Community Colleges Continue to Lead the Nation in 2004
Florida produces more degrees than any other state, tops rankings among minority students

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne today announced that the Florida Community College System (FCCS) once again is the nation's leading associate degree producer, with four of Florida's community colleges ranking among the top five. Chancellor of Community Colleges and Workforce Education David Armstrong praised the continued dedication of the faculty and staff at each of the twenty-eight institutions within the System.

Florida produced more associate degrees and certificates than any other state in the nation and accomplished this while maintaining low tuition rates and high faculty salaries. Florida also led the way in providing opportunities for minority students. Three Florida colleges are in the top ten associate degree producers for minorities, including two in the top five for African American students and two in the top ten for Hispanic students.

"Not only are more students enrolling in community colleges in Florida, more of them are staying and completing their degrees," said Commissioner Horne. "Earlier this year the Southern Regional Education Board found that with 30 percent of students graduating, Florida's community college students are 13 points above the regional average."

Based on U.S. Department of Education data analyzed by Community College Week, Miami Dade College ranked number one conferring 4,984 associate's degrees, followed by Valencia Community College (3,708 degrees) and Broward Community College (2,867 degrees). Florida Community College at Jacksonville ranked fifth awarding 2,763 associate's degrees.

Each year the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducts a survey through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) program. Institutions report information about the number of degrees and other formal awards granted in academic, vocational and continuing professional education programs.

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