Asheville-Bucombe Technical Community College was listed No. 28 out of 35 colleges on SR Education Group’s “2019 Best Online Community Colleges” list. The full list is available online here.
Press release from SR Education Group:
SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher founded in 2004, released the first ever online community college rankings categorized by state. In order to develop the 2019 Best Online Community College Rankings, the organization only considered states with at least three regionally accredited schools offering at least one fully online associate degree. The rankings include a nationwide Best Overall Community College ranking and 38 state-specific rankings, featuring a total of 423 schools.
Each community college highlighted on the rankings lists received a score based on several important factors, including retention rate, graduation rate, and percentage of online enrollment data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The number of online associate degrees offered was collected from school websites and considered in the ranking score as well. All ranked schools scored 70% or higher.
Since 75% of online college students live within 100 miles of their school’s campus, the 2019 Online Community College rankings by state are an especially valuable resource for prospective community college students (1). Many students may choose to stay in state because of tuition discounts, familiarity with the school, or flexibility for classes that may have hybrid, in-person requirements.
“Community colleges offer some of the most affordable degrees in the country. With a growing number of these degrees becoming available online, we wanted to let prospective students know about these great, accessible options near them. By providing these resources, we hope to help more people reach their educational and professional goals.” said Sung Rhee, CEO of SR Education Group.
Northwest Iowa Community College (IA) topped the national list with a score of 96.85%, followed by Bismarck State College (ND), and Foothill College (CA). The state with the most community colleges that qualified for the rankings list was North Carolina, with 35 schools.