SmartAsset Names FSCC #1 Community College in U.S.
Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College was named the best community college in the country by SmartAsset, a personal-financial advice platform. SmartAsset named FSCC #9 in the country in 2014.
In a blog post on September 15, the company explained, “The best community colleges should offer a high quality education at a low cost, with a high success rate and a good return on investment.”
The blog continues, “After ranking ninth in the nation in 2014, Fort Scott Community College leaps into the top spot this year. In addition to being the best community college in the nation, Fort Scott s also among the oldest. It was founded in 1919 as the first community college in the state of Kansas.”
“So what makes Fort Scott Community College so great? The school’s graduation-or-transfer rate is an incredible 87%, double the average for the colleges in SmartAsset’s study. One reason so many students find success at Fort Scott is that the student-teacher ratio is just 12:1.”
Nick Wallace, data journalist for SmartAsset, adds, "We included the student-teacher ratio as a metric in this year's ranking in order to gauge the quality of the education students receive in the classroom at community colleges. A lower ratio reflects higher access to instructors.”
“That is in addition to the graduation and transfer rate, which reflects how successful a school is at helping students meet their goal of either obtaining a degree or moving on to a four-year college."
Last year, A.J. Smith, SmartAsset’s managing editor, said, "There are many top college lists out there, but few focus on community colleges. At SmartAsset, where we are concerned about college affordability, we wanted to shed light and provide a list suited to the needs of folks interested in higher education without the high costs.”
SmartAsset also found that FSCC’s graduates’ average starting salary was higher than the total cost of tuition. This meets the expectations of ongoing studies finding that the starting salaries of graduates of community college occupational and technical programs are higher than four-year liberal arts graduates.
The SmartAsset report also named Labette Community College as the fifth best in the country. No other Kansas schools were ranked.
The original blog post can be found here: https://smartasset.com/student-loans/the-best-community-colleges-of-2015
Photo Credit: Jason Hogue, "Senior Day Fall 2014."