CF is among the top 150 colleges in the nation for quality. The college made the list for the Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence for the third time with the 2017 award cycle. Rankings are based on how much students learn, how many complete their programs on time, and their success in the job market upon graduation.
CF has received a $2.1 million grant to improve student success. The college will use its five-year Title IIIA Strengthening Institutions Grant to improve retention of first-year students, increase the success rate for key first-year classes, and increase four-year graduation and transfer rates.
Construction is underway at the CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus, the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County. The college received a $7.28 million allocation from the Florida Legislature in 2016, and the facility is expected to open for classes in fall 2017.
The CF Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been accredited by ACEN, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. CF has the only BSN program in Marion County endorsed by ACEN.
Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president, received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction in spring 2016 for promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges. Dr. Mark Paugh, vice president of Academic Affairs, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Region PTK.
CF is ranked No. 20 in affordability in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
CF is No. 10 in Florida for online programs, according to OnlineColleges.com. The Top Colleges 2016 ranking is based on affordability, student services, availability of online programs and other factors.
CF has one of the best student-to-teacher ratios among Florida College System institutions – 28 to 1.
The website Schools.com has ranked CF the No. 4 community college in Florida.
The college has received a grant from the Marion County Hospital District to renovate the Marion County Dental Clinic at the CF Hampton Center. The grant stems from a grant package which will provide $1.9 million to the development of health care programs for the community.
CF has an economic impact of $349.7 million in Marion, Citrus and Levy. The college enriches lives of students and increases lifetime incomes. CF benefits taxpayers by generating increased tax revenues from an enlarged economy and reducing demand for taxpayer supported social services. It contributes to the vitality of local, state economies.
The American Heart Association has designated CF as a Gold Fit-friendly Worksite for its commitment to providing a healthy workplace for employees.
CF has earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship for seven consecutive years.