PLATTSBURGH — Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh have been named top colleges by Washington Monthly magazine.
CCC landed on the Washington, D.C., publication’s 2013 list of the top 50 community colleges in the nation, and SUNY Plattsburgh is among the top 30 colleges in the country to offer students the best bang for their buck.
Ranked at No. 49, Clinton Community is the only school in New York state to make the list of top community colleges.
“It’s important because it recognizes Clinton Community College for being outstanding at its core (and) outstanding in our academic mission,” CCC President John Jablonski said during a press conference at the school on Thursday.
Washington Monthly, he noted, is regarded as one of the most credible magazines and generated its rankings based on data collected from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education.
The data was used to evaluate community colleges on eight criteria: active and collaborative learning, student effort, academic challenge, student-faculty interaction, support for learning, first-year retention rate, three-year-graduation-transfer rate and credits awarded per the equivalent of 100 full-time students.
“We’re not being honored because we have really big parking lots or we’re the best party school,” CCC Faculty Council President Vicky Sloan said.
The college’s faculty and staff, she added, strive to challenge, support and interact with students, as well as foster creative, active and collaborative learning experiences.
“Recent research tells us that students who interact often with faculty, students who are supported in their academic work, and especially students who are intellectually challenged, stay in college longer and graduate at higher rates,” she said.
“Because the faculty and the professional support staff take this work very seriously, it’s not really surprising that Clinton has risen to the top, but it’s very gratifying to be recognized and honored for what we do every day at Clinton.”