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Ilisagvik College scores high in national survey

September 30th, 2016 | Shady Grove Oliver, The Arctic Sounder Print this article   Email this article  

Ilisagvik College has been named the No. 2 college in overall standing in a recent survey done by WalletHub, which evaluated 821 community colleges across the nation.

That's about half of the total number of community colleges in the country, both private and public.

"I'm always proud of our students, faculty, and staff," wrote Ilisagvik President Pearl Brower in a release. "They work hard every day to make local post-secondary education a reality on the North Slope. This survey confirms how successful they are."

According to the release, the survey was based on 12 individual metrics including the cost of in-state tuition, graduation rates, overall class size, and the student-to-faculty ratio.

While Ilisagvik came in first place in the latter category, the overall top school went to the Helene Fuld College of Nursing in New York with a total score of 69.88 out of a possible 100. Ilisagvik earned a 68.99.

"Across the board, community colleges are slowly stacking up against their university counterparts by offering better schedule flexibility, smaller class sizes, and comparatively rigorous coursework," WalletHub was quoted as saying in the release. "First-time college entrants find those qualities most appealing—as do university students transferring to community colleges, an emerging trend that reverses the traditional path of 'upgrading' from a two-year to a four-year institution."

Earning the top-notch rating shows that community college education can be done effectively at a local level, Brower noted.

"The people of the North Slope made education a priority a long time ago. I'm pleased that Ilisagvik College is making that priority a reality and is doing it so well," she said. "Congratulations to students, faculty and staff here at the college. They can be proud of a job well done."


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