College Excellence Program

Decision Makers

The Aspen Institute is committed to shaping a world-class prize based on student outcomes and informed by the best expertise available from practitioners and researchers. Aspen convenes three committees of thought leaders and practitioners to administer the Prize process:

  • Data/Metrics Advisory Panel Leading researchers and community college practitioners will examine available data and advise the Aspen Institute on measures/metrics, so that community college performance and improvement in performance can be measured fairly and accurately. 
  • Finalist Selection Committee Former community college presidents and faculty, along with respected researchers and policy experts, will review extensive data and applications for each eligible community college to select a set of finalists.
  • Prize Jury A jury of former elected officials and other prominent national business, labor, education, and civil rights leaders will review quantitative and qualitative data to select a winner and three runners-up.

Affiliations of Prize Jury, Finalist Selection Committee and Data/Metrics Advisory Panel members listed solely for purposes of identification, and do not reflect organizational endorsement of the Aspen Prize.