Community colleges want to remind Americans that the road less traveled is not always the worst path. Once disparaged as inferior to four-year institutions, these two-year colleges are finally stepping up their game — at times even outperforming their traditional university counterparts.
In 22 states, community colleges have expanded to include four-year bachelor’s degree programs in high-demand fields. And soon the federal government also may be granting free rides to community college through the America’s College Promise Act of 2015 — or what the media peddleas President Barack Obama’s “GI Bill.” If passed, the new legislation would allow up to nine million first-time enrollees to earn associates degrees every year at no charge.
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Minnesota, Oregon and Tennessee are already blazing the trail of the college-for-all circuit, and at least another 10 states — including California, Illinois and Oklahoma — plan to join the bandwagon. Such initiatives from all levels of government are proving to be more critical than ever, with public-college costs rising faster than private-college tuition rates and the need for post-secondary training in most jobs seeing steady growth through 2020.
Drawing on the results of the analysis on the best and worst individual community colleges in the U.S., WalletHub presents a state-by-state ranking of community college systems. You can find the results as well as our detailed methodology below.
The personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst Community Colleges then drew upon its results to identify the States with the Best & Worst Community College Systems.
To help students weigh their community-college prospects, WalletHub’s analysts compared 821 schools across 12 key metrics. The data set ranges from the cost of in-state tuition and fees to student-faculty ratio to graduation rate.
|Top 20 Community Colleges|
|1||Helene Fuld College of Nursing (NY)||11||Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (WI)|
|2||Ilisagvik College (AK)||12||Mesalands Community College (NM)|
|3||Pamlico Community College (NC)||13||Moorpark College (CA)|
|4||Cochise County Community College District (AZ)||14||Pratt Community College (KS)|
|5||State Technical College of Missouri (MO)||15||Coastline Community College (CA)|
|6||Fashion Institute of Technology (NY)||16||Northern Oklahoma College (OK)|
|7||Rend Lake College (IL)||17||Whatcom Community College (WA)|
|8||Lake Area Technical Institute (SD)||18||Barstow Community College (CA)|
|9||Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NE)||19||Manhattan Area Technical College (KS)|
|10||North Central Missouri College (MO)||20||Turtle Mountain Community College (ND)|
|States with the Best Community College Systems|
Read the full reports:
- Individual School Rankings: https://wallethub.com/edu/
- School System Rankings: https://wallethub.com/edu/
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