Santa Fe College a top 10 school


Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 8:48 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 8:48 a.m.

Santa Fe College has been named one of the ten most prolific colleges in the United States in terms of producing associate degrees.

According to a compilation by the publication Community College Week, SFC ranked in the top 10 when compared with community colleges and when compared with four-year schools. The Community College Week list credited SFC with awarding 3,058 associate degrees in all disciplines during the 2007 calendar year.

SFC placed third among community colleges behind Valencia Community College in Orlando which awarded 4,116 associate degrees and San Joaquin Delta College in California, which awarded 3,783.

When ranked with four-year schools granting associate degrees, SFC placed sixth behind; Miami Dade College with 6,519 degrees; Western International University in Arizona with 5,225 degrees; American Intercontinental University Online in Illinois with 5,126 degrees; followed by Valencia with 4,116, and San Joaquin Delta with 3,783.

SFC Provost Anne Kress said Santa Fe's ability to competing against schools with far more students and still be ranked at the top is evidence of Santa Fe's commitment to student success.

"Because we're an open access college, students start at all different levels, from the highest to the lowest," Kress said. "But, because we hold the values of a learning college and match high academic expectations with strong support service.

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