Hawaii ranked 14th for best community college system in nation


Hawaii has been reported to have one of the best community college systems in the country.

According to the personal finance website WalletHub, who conducted an in-depth analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, then drew upon its results to identify the States with the Best & Worst Community College Systems.

After comparing 670 community colleges across 17 key metrics, ranging from the fees to student-faculty ratio to the cost of in-state tuition and fees, Hawaii was considered to have the 14th best system in the U.S.

Hawaii’s nationally ranked schools are:

147th – Kapiolani Community College
210th – University of Hawaii Maui College
241st – Kauai Community College
257th – Windward Community College
309th – Hawaii Community College
431st – Leeward Community College
464th – Honolulu Community College
Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College Student Engagement, and the Council for Community and Economic Research and American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors.

To see the full report:  http://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076

According to the U.S. Dept. of Education, there are 1,655 community colleges in the United States.

The U.S. community college system is getting a makeover through major developments, such as the prospect of a free associate’s degree and 22 states authorizing their community colleges to offer four-year bachelor’s degree programs.

Schedule flexibility, rigorous coursework and smaller class sizes supply the majority of community colleges’ appeal to first-time college entrants as well as to university students choosing to transfer to community colleges — an emerging trend that goes against the usual grain of transitioning from a two-year to a four-year institution.

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