Six Minnesota state colleges have been recognized on a list of the nation’s “Top 50 Best Value Community Colleges of 2016” published by Value Colleges.
Normandale Community College ranked fifth with Anoka-Ramsey Community College also in the top 10 at nine. Lake Superior College and St. Cloud Technical and Community College were back-to-back at 12 and 13. Inver Hills Community College rounded out the top 25 at 25 and Dakota County Technical College ranked 44.
Using data from College Measures, a Gates Foundation-supported database, Value Colleges surveyed the 1,717 community colleges in the United States that offer two-year associate degrees and filtered them to find schools that met criteria that it deemed to be most relevant in identifying the nation’s best value community colleges. Criteria included graduation rates, cost, enrollment, and membership in the American Association of Community Colleges.
“I am very pleased that our colleges have been recognized as the outstanding educational investments they are,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State. “All of our colleges and universities are committed to providing students with access to an education that is both extraordinary and affordable. That Value Colleges recognized so many of our colleges is a testament to the outstanding work that faculty and staff do every single day.”
Tuition at Minnesota State colleges decreased by one percent this academic year after having been frozen for three consecutive years, making this year’s average annual tuition at a Minnesota State college $5,364, approximately one-third the cost of private trade schools. After financial aid, the average student tuition cost for recipients of the Minnesota State Grant is $898.