Community College Week, a newspaper and website, is out with its latest “Top 100” rankings of college producers of associate degrees. Metropolitan Community College is No. 44 nationally among community colleges in number of associate degrees awarded and No. 63 among all U.S. colleges and universities.
The publication says its rankings are based on U.S. Department of Education data from the 2013-14 school year. That year, the five-campus MCC system awarded 2,046 associate degrees. (See the chart by clicking here.)
“Our listings are purely quantitative, but colleges like to see where they rank,” editor Paul Bradley wrote. “The lists can be presented to trustees and other stakeholders as numerical proof that colleges are doing their work.”
Two other Missouri colleges finished slightly ahead of MCC: St. Louis Community College, at No. 59 overall (2,092 associate degrees), and Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, No. 60 (2,079).
Johnson County Community College in Overland Park was No. 98 overall with 1,756 associate degrees awarded.
The top spot among public colleges went to Miami Dade College in Florida, which awarded 9,941 associate degrees. It’s among several four-year colleges on the list that award associate degrees as well as baccalaureate degrees.
MCC’s No. 63 ranking on this latest list of associate degree producers compares to No. 74 a year ago (for 2012-13) and No. 70 two years ago (for 2011-12).