Study: PSC Students Succeeding at Universities


Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 11:34 p.m.

LAKELAND | Polk State College is doing well at preparing students to be successful at the university level, a recent study says.

According to a report by the Florida College System, Polk State ranked tops out of 28 state and community colleges in grade-point averages earned in the first year after transferring to a state university.

The report said 88 percent of Polk State's transfer students earned a 2.5 or higher GPA the first year among those who did not need remediation.

"Of course we are very, very proud," said Polk State President Eileen Holden in a statement. "Student success is our driving objective, and it is gratifying to see the achievements of our students in the SUS (State University System) — and how those achievements reflect upon their experiences here at Polk."

The college ranked 10th in the category last year and has never held the top ranking before.

Polk State did well with transfer students overall, with 84 percent earning a 2.5 GPA or higher in their first year at the SUS; Polk State ranked second in that category.

The recently released Florida College System data is based on the first-year GPA of university transfer students during the 2009-10 academic year.

The college attributes its leap to first-place ranking in part to the economy and its affordable tuition.

Ken Ross, vice-president for Academic and Student Services, said students are drawn to the $103 per credit hour allure of Polk State during the lagging economic times.

Polk State is proud of its status as the county's least expensive higher-education option.

Officials say most students — about 92 percent of the 2011-12 graduates, in fact — are student loan debt-free.

[ Mary Toothman can be reached at mary.toothman@theledger.com or 863-802-7512. Her Twitter feed is @MaryToothman. ]

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