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Columbus State climbs in list of community college degree producers.

GRAD ON WALLColumbus State Community College continues its upward climb in Community College Week magazine’s annual Top 100 Associate Degree and Certificate Producers. This year, among two-year institutions, Columbus State moves up to No. 31 with 1,990 completed degrees, an increase of more than 12%.

The new ranking is based on figures from the 2010-2011 academic year, the most recent year for complete results. The previous year, Columbus State was No. 37 after awarding 1,768 degrees. Two years ago, the college stood at No. 39.

“Student success is the top priority for all of us at Columbus State,” says President David Harrison. “These latest numbers show we’re on the right track. However, we’re continuing to implement new programs to ensure a greater percentage of our students leave with a degree or certificate.”

Columbus State was also in the top 10 among community colleges nationally in awarding associate degrees in areas related to the following fields:

  • Recreation and Fitness Studies: No. 4 with 57 diplomas awarded
  • Engineering Technologies: No. 6 with 199 degrees awarded.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences: No. 6 with 60 diplomas awarded.
  • Health Professions: No. 9 with 470 degrees awarded.

Data for the analysis are collected by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

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