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Citrus College Named to Record Number of National Publication’s Top Producer Lists 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        JUNE 20, 2012

FURTHER INFORMATION:           PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873

                                                  STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082

 

Citrus College Named to Record Number of National Publication’s Top Producer Lists

by Stacy Armstrong

 Citrus College has once again been named one of the nation’s top degree and certificate producing two-year institutions by Community College Week

Every year, the bi-weekly magazine releases a special report featuring the top 100 degree and certificate producing two-year institutions.  The report consists of 44 different categories, including associate degrees awarded to minorities, associate degrees awarded by discipline, and total number of two-year certificates awarded. 

This year, Citrus College was included on five of the 44 lists, the most since the magazine began publishing the report in 2003.

“Community College Week is a well-respected, independent publication that serves community, technical, and junior colleges throughout the United States,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College.  “Inclusion on their annual top producer lists establishes us as a leader among the 1,200 community colleges in the nation.”

Using data gathered from the 2010-2011 academic year, Community College Week ranked Citrus College 17 out of the top 50 producers of associate degrees in multi/interdisciplinary studies; 33 out of the top 100 producers of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students; and 65 out of the top 100 producers of associate degrees awarded to all minority students.

“Throughout the nine years that the magazine has been publishing its report, Citrus College has frequently been named to the Hispanic students, minority students, and multi/interdisciplinary studies lists.  However, this year our ranking in each of these categories has jumped significantly,” Perri said. 

In 2011, Citrus College was ranked number 52 out of 100 two-year colleges in the category of awarding associate degrees to Hispanic students and this year it was ranked number 33 in the same category.  Last year the college was also ranked number 27 out of 50 colleges in the category of awarding associate degrees in multi/interdisciplinary studies and this year it is ranked number 17.  And finally, in the category of total associate degrees to all minority students, Citrus College jumped from 82 out of 100 colleges in 2010 to 65 this year.

“These improvements serve as a validation of our efforts to empower students and support their success,” Perri said.

In addition to these traditional lists, Citrus College was also named number 23 out of the top 50 producers of associate degrees in parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; and number 87 out of the top 100 producers of associate degrees awarded to Asian-American students.

“These findings serve as evidence that our college is extremely diverse – not only in terms of ethnicity, but also in terms of academic goals,” Perri said.

Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees, is extremely pleased with this year’s Community College Week rankings.

“Given the size of our student body, it is always an accomplishment to be included on any of the top producing lists,” she said.  “However, the fact that Citrus College was named to five of the lists this year is definitely impressive.  It inspires us to continue our diligence in meeting the needs of students within the communities we serve.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        JUNE 20, 2012

FURTHER INFORMATION:           PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873

                                                  STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082

 

 

 

 
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