Lawson State Community College has been named as one of the top community colleges in the nation. Lawson State ranked fifth in the Best Community Colleges category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings. The Washington Monthly included about 700 institutions in the rankings analysis and Lawson State was the only community college in Alabama to rank in the top 50.
Rankings of the Washington Monthly measure institutions based on civic engagement, research, and social mobility. In the last community college rankings of the Washington Monthly, Lawson State ranked number 39 out of more than 600 institutions in 2010.
"We are very excited and humbled by this honor, especially to have been named in the top 50 by the Washington Monthly in its last two community college rankings," said Dr. Perry W. Ward, president of Lawson State Community College. "This is even more significant as it reflects a higher level of engagement and satisfaction from among our students and in total can be attributed to the hard work and dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and students."
In ranking the nation's top community colleges, The Washington Monthly combined information from two sources, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and U.S. Department of Education for measurements of student retention and completion.
Washington Monthly published rankings for national universities, liberal arts college, masters universities and baccalaureate colleges. The complete rankings can be found at: