U.S. News & World Report's 2005 Best Colleges Index Reveals International College

U.S. News & World Report’s 2005 Best Colleges Index has ranked International College eighth in the southern region for campus diversity. This Index category further reveals that International College has the highest percentage of Hispanic students in the southern region.

Currently, about 1,500 students attend International College. Of those students, 14 percent are Hispanic, which comprises the largest population of minority students attending the College.

Other southern region Florida higher learning institutions rated in the Best Colleges Index have Hispanic student enrollment ranging from 3 to 11 percent. The Best Colleges Index classifies the southern region as: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In a greater effort to reach the Spanish-speaking community, International College will begin offering this fall term a Certificate of Completion English as a Second Language program for foreign-language speakers who reside in the United States, have legal residency status, and desire to improve English language listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills.

The completion program, which runs for a total of 45 weeks, is housed through the College’s Intensive English Center. Financial aid for this program is available to those who are eligible.

"Diversity has long been a major institutional goal of International College. There is an evident and urgent need to prepare everyone with the education and skills needed for the economic and social well-being of the southwestern region of Florida," said International College President Terry P. McMahan.

The Best Colleges Index also ranked International College first in the southern region in the student/teacher ratio category of "Highest Proportion of Classes Under 20," and ninth in the nation in the category of "Most Students Over Age 25." "International College’s focus has always been on meeting the educational needs of the adult learner," McMahan added. "We’re very pleased that the rankings continue to validate our mission." Since its inception in 1990, International College has strived to keep class size between 15 and 20 students.

To keep up with growing enrollment, the administration has increased class offerings to maintain low student/teacher ratios. For more information about International College programs, call 513-1122 in Naples or 482-0019 in Fort Myers. Visit the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Index at: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankccregion_brief.php
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