Lake Land College in Top 100 Ranking of Community Colleges Awarding Degrees to Minority Students Posted on December 14, 2018 Lake Land College is ranked among the Top 100 colleges in the country for awarding ALS/General Studies degrees to African American students according to a recent independent study by the news association Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s Dec. 13, 2018 edition features the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers report on community colleges that have experienced the most success in awarding degrees to minority students. Lake Land College placed 89 out of all colleges in the country in awarding African American students associate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities category. According to its website, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has been working for 30 years to provide information that is honest, thorough, and balanced, and stands alone as the only source of critical news, information and insightful commentary on the full range of issues concerning diversity in American higher education. To see all the rankings of higher education institutions and how they compare in awarding degrees at diverseeducation.com/top100. The ALS degree is a non-traditional degree for students who may have accumulated a variety of credits in different programs. It requires fewer and more flexible general education requirements than a traditional associate in arts or science degree, with the bulk of the program comprised of electives. Elective credit is earned for an unlimited number of career and technical level courses as well as transfer level courses. These programs are a good fit for students who need an associate degree in an unspecified field of study to qualify for initial employment or for a promotion. When appropriate general education courses are selected, the ALS degree can transfer well to non-traditional bachelor’s degree programs. Visit lakelandcollege.edu for more information on how to get started at Lake Land College.