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NVCC ranks second in nation for degrees granted

Northern Virginia Community College produced more associate degrees in the 2009 academic year than any other two-year college in the nation save one, Valencia Community College in Florida, according to a new report from the journal Community College Week.

NVCC generated 3,210 degrees, a 10-percent increase over 2008, according to the analysis, compared with 5,128 degrees at Valencia.

Both numbers are dwarfed, though, by the degree production at the four-year, for-profit University of Phoenix, which yielded 23,824 online associate degrees in 2009, nearly double the number of the previous year. Miami Dade College, also a four-year institution, produced 7,489 degrees.

An excerpt from the publication's cover story:

"CCWeek's analysis comes at a time when the for-profit sector of higher education in general -- and the University of Phoenix in particular -- has cemented its place as the fastest-growing segment of higher education. In 2008-09, for-profit colleges conferred 11 percent of all associate degrees. Today, about 3,000 for-profit colleges around the country educate about 10 percent of all American college students."

NVCC ranks seventh among all institutions granting associate degrees. Montgomery College in Maryland ranks 47th nationally, with 1,773 degrees granted.

Robert G. Templin Jr., NVCC president, noted in a release that, "In today's economy, more people are using the associate degree as a stepping stone to a four-year institution through our guaranteed admissions agreements with dozens of Virginia colleges and universities."

The college is generally regarded as one of the largest community colleges in the nation, the exact rank depending on how one defines a community college.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  June 23, 2010; 6:28 PM ET
Categories:  Attainment , Community Colleges , Rankings  | Tags: NOVA, NVCC, Northern Virginia Community College, University of Phoenix, largest community colleges  
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