Muskegon Community College has been ranked as the top community college in the state of Michigan by the Seattle-based BestColleges.com.
“At BestColleges.com we understand that what makes a college the “best” looks different to every student, and each college search comes with its own unique challenges,” noted the company on its website. “This is why we aim to help prospective students find the school that best meets their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides, and hundreds of independent college rankings.”
“The methodology behind our rankings is grounded in statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles, including academic quality, affordability, and online competency. Our 2017 rankings reflect the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics. Our goal is to objectively assess relative quality based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.”
“Our rankings are intended to inform and guide prospective students toward institutions that provide a quality education and a meaningful learning experience at an affordable cost. Schools featured in our rankings demonstrate a commitment to high-quality education for their students. Quality is measured and weighted through various data points that are specific to each ranking topic. Each methodology drives proprietary calculations, which are grounded in statistical information, and developed to recognize academically robust, affordable colleges and programs.”
“To provide the best list possible, we have accounted for all of the factors that students value when choosing a college. Key measures incorporated in our algorithm include acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates. We have also included each school’s student loan default percentages, as we know how important it is for students to repay their debts upon graduation.”
All eligible institutions are ranked on a 100 point scale. A perfect score of 100 is earned by ranking #1 for all ranking factors. Muskegon Community College earned a 78.21 ranking score to lead all the 25 Michigan community colleges rated by BestColleges.com.
“Due to the extraordinary efforts of our students, faculty, staff and board, Muskegon Community College has been able to accomplish great things,” said MCC President Dale K. Nesbary. “The Best Colleges.com rating reconfirms that when we collaborate we can accomplish anything.”
BestColleges.com pointed out that 53% of public college students in Michigan attend two-year schools.
“Students come from all backgrounds, and while many plan to pursue a four-year degree, others seek an associate’s degree or trade school certification,” stated BestColleges.com. “Campuses include traditional junior colleges and technical schools, and attendance costs at Michigan’s two-year schools are higher than the national average. Still, those who complete an associate’s degree are rewarded with average salaries that outpace the earnings of workers who didn’t complete any college.”
To view the complete rankings of Michigan’s four-year and two-year colleges, visit: http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-colleges-in-michigan/