CALAIS _ Washington County Community College was recently ranked among the top 25 best community colleges in the United States by the Washington Monthly.
Saint Paul College again took the top spot, followed by North Florida Community College and North Dakota State College of Science. WCCC was named number 24 out of 700 community colleges nationwide.
According to the Washington Monthly, the ranking of the country’s best community colleges is based on two sources of information: the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), a nonprofit organization based at the University of Texas at Austin, and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
“Because most community colleges do not administer the survey every year, we combined results from the three most recent available years: 2010, 2011, and 2012,” the Washington Monthly website said. “For colleges that participated more than once, we used the most recent year. More than two-thirds of all community colleges—roughly 700 institutions—were included in our analysis. We publish results for the top fifty institutions.”
The rising cost of higher education has led more and more students to attend community colleges as a way to reduce their education costs. According to the Huffington Post, another online news source, which quoted the numbers from the Washington Monthly, nearly 11 million students are enrolled in community colleges nationwide. “That’s about 42 percent of the U.S. collegiate population,” according to the Huffington Post report.
WCCC President Joseph Cassidy said he was pleased with the results. “This demonstrates that Washington County Community College continues to lead its peers in providing quality education to its students. We couldn’t be happier with the results. WCCC’s faculty and staff will continue to strive to provide the best possible, career, liberal arts, and technical education possible,” he said.