10 colleges named finalists for Aspen Prize

The award recognizes institutions with a focus on student success

The Aspen Institute has named the ten finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The prize—which comes with $1 million to be shared with the winner and up to four finalists with distinction—recognizes high-achieving public community colleges based on four factors:

  • Student learning;
  • Certificate and degree completion;
  • Employment and earnings for graduates; and
  • Access and success for minority and low-income students.

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College;
  • Broward College;
  • Chaffey College;
  • Indian River State College;
  • Lake Area Technical Institute;
  • Northeast Community College;
  • Odessa College;
  • Pasadena City College;
  • San Jacinto College; and
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

This fall, Aspen will review the finalists and look at data on performance and improvements in:

  • Learning;
  • Graduation rates;
  • Workforce; and
  • Equitable outcomes.

The winners and finalists with distinction will be announced in March (Community College Daily, 9/13).

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