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Monday, June 28, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Florida College System Tops National Rankings for Eighth Straight Year

~ More than 52,000 associate degrees awarded through unwavering commitment to open-door policy ~

TALLAHASSEE – For the eighth year in a row, The Florida College System ranks among the top producers of associate degrees in the nation according to Community College Week’s annual Top 10 report. Despite record student enrollment and increasing budget concerns the report, conducted by Community College Week using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), shows that Florida colleges lead America’s more than 1,200 community colleges in a range of degree categories.

“Florida colleges continue to do an excellent job in preparing our diverse student population for success in today’s highly competitive job market,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “Our state’s economic potential relies on a well trained workforce and this report validates the vital role of The Florida College System as the primary entry point for students training for a career or pursuing further education.”

Highlights of the report include:

  • Seventeen Florida colleges are among the top 100 for the total number of associate degrees awarded.
  • Miami Dade College was again ranked number one in the nation for the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students and for the total number of associate degrees awarded to all minority groups.
  • Nine Florida colleges placed in the top 10 in the production of associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities.
  • Three Florida colleges were among the top 10 in associate degrees awarded in Nursing.

“Florida’s colleges are proud to be the first choice of more than 900,000 students in the state looking for access to postsecondary opportunities,” said Florida College System Chancellor Dr. Will Holcombe. “As this report illustrates, our colleges provide students with a high-quality, affordable education that is close to home.”

Degrees awarded during the 2008-09 academic year were compiled for the 2010 Top 100 report through the NCES Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set’s Completion Survey. Degrees are defined as Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science. During 2008-09, 52,439 associate degrees were awarded at the 28 colleges in The Florida College System.

The Department of Education’s Division of Florida Colleges represents the 28 institutions in The Florida College System. To learn more about The Florida College System, visit To view Community College Week’s annual Top 100 report for a list of Florida Institutions and their national rankings, visit