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April 29, 2011

Cowley College ranked as one of the nation�s top community colleges


With over 1,200 community colleges, Cowley College was listed among the top-120 community colleges in the nation in the D.C. based non-profit Aspen Institute’s latest rankings.

The top-120 schools, representing the top-10 percent of the country’s 1,200 community colleges, are eligible to compete for a $700,000 prize, which is financially supported by the Joyce Foundation, the Lumina Foundation for Education, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. The purpose of the prize is to recognize community colleges with outstanding academic and work-force outcomes.

The list represents community colleges that have demonstrated high standards in learning and college completion and have established that they are training grounds for jobs that pay competitive wages.

Cowley College president Dr. Patrick J. McAtee was proud to hear of the college’s inclusion in the list.

“Any time you are recognized for being one of the top colleges it is a huge honor, but I am not surprised by it,” Dr. McAtee said. “We have really good faculty and staff at the college and have been leaders in AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) for the past 15 years. We are always up on the latest trends and have a Board of Trustees that allows us to do what we do.”

Eight to 10 finalists for the top prize will be named in September, with the final prize winner and two to three runners-up announced in December. The winner will receive $700,000, while the runners-up will share an additional $300,000.