Receiving national acclaim, Jablonski told the Press-Republican after the conference, underscores what the school’s community has known all along — that CCC offers a top-notch academic program.
“Anybody that was standing on the sidelines and unsure of that, I hope now will be convinced,” he said.
‘A GREAT DEAL’
At the same news conference, SUNY Plattsburgh President Dr. John Ettling announced that his institution has ranked 30th out of the 349 colleges and universities in the nation to make the publication’s “Best Bang for the Buck” list, which recognizes schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.
To generate the rankings, institutions were evaluated based on four criteria, including the number of students receiving Pell grants, graduation rate, the percentage of students who default on their loans and the net price of education.
Ettling noted that while several other SUNY schools also made the list, none ranked higher than SUNY Plattsburgh.
“SUNY is a great deal,” he said after the news conference. “I think probably the reason that we’re there ahead of those other schools may be because we have a higher percentage of medium- and low-income students in our mix.”
The college was also ranked 10th on Washington Monthly’s 2013 “The Best Bang for the Buck” Master’s Universities list.
It’s an unfortunate fact of American higher education, Ettling told conference attendees, that one of the most significant variables that predicts success in college is family income.
However, he continued, it’s gratifying to know that in Clinton County, courage, ambition, energy and dedication can still get people where they want to be.
“Kids from prosperous backgrounds have a range of choices,” Ettling said. “The schools they decide to go to should be grateful they’re there, stand back and just not mess them up or, at best, help them understand the difference between hitting a triple and being born on third base.
“But at schools like Clinton and Plattsburgh, our mission is different.”
Though the missions of CCC and SUNY Plattsburgh are also completely different from one another, he said, they complement each other well.
“The people who live in the North Country have, literally, at their doorstep, one of the best deals in American higher education,” Ettling said.
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