College Excellence Program

2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

Aspen Prize Publication 2015For millions of Americans, community colleges provide an essential pathway to well-paying jobs and continuing higher education. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors those institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate.

The Aspen Institute is pleased to name the following 10 community college finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Aspen's Finalist Selection Committee, comprised of former community college presidents, respected researchers and policy experts, selected the ten finalist institutions after reviewing extensive data on performance and improvements in learning, graduation, workforce outcomes, and equitable outcomes for all students, focusing on those in traditionally underserved racial/ethnic groups - African-American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American - and those from low-income backgrounds. Of the 150 institutions named eligible in January, over one hundred applied to compete for the Prize.