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Best Community College In New York State — Guttman

According to a CUNY Newswire report, the number one ranked community college in New York State is the Stella and Charles Guttman Community College of The City University of New York.

The report is taken from the 2016-2017 edition of Best Community Colleges that is published by EDsmart, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings.

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The Best Community Colleges rankings compared outcomes from 121 New York State community colleges on retention, transfer, and graduation rates, as well as net price to attend.

The top-ranked Guttman Community College founded four years ago is located in Midtown Manhattan a stone throw away from the popular landmark Bryant Park.

The College offers associate degree programs as part of an innovative model with an emphasis on experiential education, the adoption of learning communities and instructional teams, and a strong value placed on being simultaneously “high-tech” and “high touch.”

The Newswire report stated that Guttman has achieved remarkable graduation rates for a new college and pointed to the fifty-one percent of its 2012 inaugural class that have now earned their associate degrees, a metric significantly higher than the three-year national graduation rate at large city public two-year colleges.

“The distinction of being named the No. 1 community college in the state is a tremendous honor,” CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken reportedly said.

“It has been exciting to help support the college’s continued growth and success in demonstrating excellent outcomes for its students.  ‎We commend Guttman’s faculty, staff, and students for their outstanding record of achievement,” he also added.

The President of Guttman Scott E. Evenbeck also noted, “When we opened in fall 2012, we aspired to graduate 35% of our inaugural cohort in three years. To have exceeded this goal is a testament to the hard work of our students and the dedication of our faculty and staff. That we continue to realize outstanding retention and graduate rates confirm the effectiveness of our educational model to support students who have often been underserved by higher education.”

The report stated that Guttman Community College’s annual tuition of $4,800 is highly affordable and offers tremendous value.

Approximately 78% of students receive need-based financial aid, ensuring that a high-quality education is available to all.

The report further noted that the college provides a supportive environment that nurtures student success with the goal to increase the graduation rate for its students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend college.

Additionally, the report highlighted the fact that all students begin in the required Summer Bridge Program and engage full time in a city-centered, first-year experience before starting their major coursework in one of five degree programs.

It also stated that instructional teams comprising faculty members, student success advocates, graduate coordinators, peer mentors, and library staff create and facilitate a rich classroom environment complemented by an integrated advisement program to help students stay on the path to graduation.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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