College Excellence Program

What Colleges Do Matters.

The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the Siemens Technical Scholars Program, and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students—especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses.

Our Projects and Programs

The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program actively works to improve student outcomes through research, the development of tools and other materials, and highly visible programs like the Aspen Prize, the Aspen Presidential Fellowship, and Siemens Technical Scholars. Our definition of student success covers four key areas: learning, completion, labor market outcomes, and equity.