Batavia, New York — Affordable Colleges Online (AC), an informational resource for online learning and college affordability released its ranking for the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges and ranked Genesee Community College number one in the New York State community college category. Under the specific ranking methodology, AC uses independent data provided by IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) created by the National Center of Education Statistics to help determine its ranking. Qualifying schools were evaluated based on the:
- Published tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students
- Number of online programs offered for two year degrees or certificates
- Student-to-faculty ratio
- Percent of full-time and first-time undergraduate students receiving financial aid
- Average amount of institutional aid received
Under this criterion, GCC scored a 91.63 overall, with 15 degrees or certificates available to earn online and over 100 online courses available each full semester. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1, and tuition and fees are below $5,000.
“Online learning at Genesee Community College is not only an area of perpetual growth and development, but it is a point of collegiate pride at GCC,” Dr. Craig Lamb, dean of distributive learning at GCC said. “We are continuously reviewing GCC’s coursework, curriculum and academic programs as well as students’ needs and interests, and also the overall career marketplace to determine which new programs and classes we should develop into an online opportunity. It is both an art and science, and involves a very careful analysis to ensure online students are receiving the same quality education with rigor and engagement. We are delighted that AC has recognized our efforts.”
Introduction to Food Processing Technology (FPT101) is one of the newest online courses, and it will be offered during the 12-week spring semester running February 13 through May 13, 2017.
In addition, GCC currently offers 15 different online associate degrees, and the next session of online courses is scheduled during the Winterim session that begins December 12, 2016 and finishes January 6, 2017. From the History of Rock and Roll to Female Role in Film, and more than ten other courses, students of all ages can make the most of their between-semester break.
An in-depth look at the Most Affordable Online Colleges in New York for 2016 can be seen here by clicking on the two-year college tab: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/new-york/. In order for universities to qualify for this ranking they must be a public or private not-for-profit accredited institution. Ranked schools must offer at least three online associate degree programs with an annual tuition fee less than $5,000.
Founded in 2011, AC Online www.AffordableCollegesOnline.org provides quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. As a free resource, it offers materials and tools covering diverse topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities and online learning resources. Higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success are a particular focus.
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