The College Excellence Program will announce the 2013 winner and finalists-with-distinction of the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. will feature high-level representatives from the government, business, philanthropy, and education communities, including remarks by Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, and Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine. With support from the White House and the Departments of Education and Labor, the Prize is the first national recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments in community colleges.
Aspen, in partnership with the Joyce Foundation, Lumina Foundation, W.K Kellogg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, JP Morgan Chase, America Achieves, and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, will award the nation’s top community college and finalists-with-distinction with $1 million dollars in prize funds for delivering exceptional results in helping students succeed in learning, completion, and in securing well-paying jobs.
Colleges recognized by the Aspen Prize serve as models and laboratories for identifying practices that can elevate community college education. This is extremely meaningful to the 6 million students who rely on the over 1,000 community colleges nationwide, particularly low-income, Hispanic and African American students who are under-represented in higher education.