The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education has again named Citrus College one of the top 50 community colleges in the United States for degree completion. This is the seventh consecutive year the college has been included in the magazine’s annual “Top 50 Community Colleges” issue.
Citrus College ranked in 27th place out of more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide in the number of associate degrees awarded to Hispanics.
“It is always an honor and a privilege to be recognized by this national publication as one of the top community colleges in the United States,” said Superintendent/President Geraldine M. Perri, Ph.D. “Citrus College’s consistent recognition is evidence that college completion is the mainstay of our institutional culture.”
The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education is a national biweekly online publication that publishes from September through May and reaches more than 50,000 readers.
The college’s rankings are obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (NCES/IPEDS). Every year, data from community colleges throughout the United States are reviewed, and each institution is ranked in four categories: Hispanic full-time enrollment, associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students, community colleges employing Hispanic faculty, and colleges that offer both associate degrees and four-year degrees to Hispanic students.
“Citrus College’s annual presence as a Hispanic Outlook Top 50 community college is tremendous validation of how well we serve our students and of our reputation as a College of Completion,” said Dr. Patricia A. Rasmussen, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.
Citrus College has also been spotlighted nationally by other publications. Community College Week magazine recognized Citrus College as a “Top Producer” of associate degrees in the United States for the past seven years and by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for the past four years.