HCC ranked 5th in nation for associate degrees
It has been a banner week for rankings when it comes to Tampa Bay colleges. The Gradebook told you yesterday how the University of South Florida's Sun Dome was ranked second-best Florida arena of its size. And today comes good news for Hillsborough Community College.
The school is the country’s fifth-leading producer of associate degrees for two-year community colleges, according to a report published in Community College Week. The publication complied data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, looking at more than 1,200 community colleges across the country.
HCC awarded 3,843 associates degrees in 2011-12, enough of an increase to propel the school from its rank of 15 on the same list last year. For degrees awarded to Hispanics, HCC ranks 13 overall. For African Americans, it's 15. HCC was second for liberal arts and sciences associate degrees and eighth in degrees for health careers and clinical sciences, including nursing.
The top five:
1. Ivy Tech Community College
2. Northern Virginia Community College
3. Lone Star Community College
4. Houston Community College
5. Hillsborough Community College