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:
- 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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