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More Minority Students Get Associate’s Degrees in Florida

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Florida colleges are the top 100 producers of associates degree graduates.

Sixteen Florida colleges are among the top 100 producers of associate degrees in the country, according to a Community College Week report.

University of Phoenix Online Campus was the top producer with 33,449 associates degrees awarded last school year. The online campus also came in first for graduating minority students.

Online school aside, Miami-Dade College in Florida leads the nation.

The now four-year institution awarded 9,090 associates degrees last year, putting the school in second place. Miami-Dade College also ranked second in the country for associates degrees to minority students.

More highlights:

  • 13 other Florida colleges were also named top producers of total associate degrees for all minority groups.
  • 14 Florida colleges were named top producers of total associate degrees for African American students.
  • 10 Florida colleges were named top producers in the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students. Miami-Dade College is ranked first in the nation in this category

“Florida’s College System has always been a national leader in the area of associate degree production and we look forward to continuing to provide high-quality, meaningful degrees to our students,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna.

Florida schools that made the Top 10 list for associate degrees:

  • 2nd place: Miami-Dade College: 9,090
  • 3rd place: Valencia College: 6,303
  • 4th place: Florida State College at Jacksonville: 4,209
  • 5th place: Broward College: 4,903
  • 8th place: Brevard Community College: 2, 553
  • 9th place: Hillsborough Community College: 2, 615

Community College Week used data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

“The Florida College System represents outstanding proof of our state’s success in providing high-quality education for our students,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson.

“I am extremely proud of our 28 state colleges and I congratulate them for this great achievement.”

The Florida College System was acknowledged last week for leading the way in preparing students to join the labor force according to a national report card released by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce.


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