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Executive Director of Communications and External Relations
National Magazine Ranks Citrus College Among Nation's Top 10 Community Colleges
Glendora, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2020) – Citrus College is ranked eighth out of more than 1,100 community colleges in the United States for awarding associate degrees to Hispanic students, according to the most recent issue of Hispanic Outlook on Education.
A national monthly magazine, the Hispanic Outlook on Education produces a special edition each year that ranks the leading community colleges in the country according to the number of associate degrees produced. Citrus College has been included in the rankings for more than a decade and was ranked 25th in the United States last year.
"When Citrus College is listed among national rankings such as these, it validates our efforts to support the academic achievement of all students, while reinforcing our commitment to provide an innovative and inclusive learning environment," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College. "We are proud to be recognized by the Hispanic Outlook for the 13th year in a row, and we remain focused on increasing student success and completion."
Being included in the publication's "Top Community Colleges for Hispanics" list is the fourth recognition Citrus College has received in recent months as a result of college-wide efforts focused on student success and completion.
Last month, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education ranked Citrus College first among all public two-year community colleges in the country for the number of associate degrees awarded in English language and literature/letters to minority students. They also ranked the college in the top 100 in more than 80 other categories.
In addition, Citrus College was recognized last fall by the Campaign for College Opportunity for being a state leader in awarding transfer degrees – also known as associate degrees for transfer – as well as included in the Hispanic Outlook on Education's "Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics" issue.
"It is an incredible honor to have Citrus College's efforts to meet the needs of its diverse student body acknowledged by multiple organizations," said Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees. "The college's annual presence in the Hispanic Outlook's 'Top Community Colleges' list affirms how well we serve our students, and it is a great source of motivation for the future."