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Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award
The Siemens-Aspen Community College STEM Award is a partnership between the Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation designed to highlight the value that community colleges can provide individuals, communities, and businesses across the United States through excellent programs that prepare students for middle-skill jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Take a look at our eight program winners that are leading the way in preparing and educating students seeking careers in STEM.
  • Assess
    Rigorously analyze student success data as well as the practices of colleges that achieve strong and improving levels of student success.
    Elevate
    Recognize and broadly disseminate what high-achieving and improving institutions do.
    Create
    Develop new knowledge, tools, and processes to support improved student outcomes.
    Support
    Assist leaders and colleges in using the tools and processes we develop with our strategic partners.
  • Explore the breadth of work we do to support improved 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, Aspen’s College Excellence Program works to help improve college student success.
  • Download research as well as practice guides and tools generated through our work.
    Our publications offer concrete examples, strategies, and tools aimed at helping colleges and their leaders improve student success in four areas: learning, completion, post-graduation employment, and equitable outcomes for underrepresented students.
“[The Aspen Presidential Fellowship] is a highly selective yearlong program to prepare people aspiring to or recently appointed to a community college presidency.”
— Inside Higher Ed, April 2016
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By prioritizing better policies, incl. diverse recruitment & financial aid, we can expand college access and success for talented lower-income students. Glad to meet with @BloombergDotOrg and top colleges around the country on next steps. #ActivateTalent https://t.co/R8ixvPwxtJ https://t.co/TReGAfQUa14 hours ago 0 3
RT @FandMCollege: A diverse body of talented inquirers enriches the classroom and social experience for all students. #ActivateTalent https…4 hours ago 1 0
RT @BloombergDotOrg: 96 of the nation's top colleges and universities are committed to attracting, enrolling and graduating an additional 5…5 hours ago 13 0
RT @DanPorterfield: At the American Talent Init. annual convening, change-makers @SpelmanCollege President Mary Schmidt Campbell & @Amherst5 hours ago 6 0
RT @PattiHarris: Our American Talent Initiative has grown to 96 top US colleges & universities. Their work to attract, enroll & graduate hi…5 hours ago 2 0
RT @OSUPrezDrake: What began as a conversation between colleagues a few years ago is now nearly 100 institutions strong - and growing. Prou…17 hours ago 39 0
RT @MikeBloomberg: Every qualified high school student in the US should have an opportunity to attend college. The 96 top colleges & univer…17 hours ago 197 0
RT @WakeForestNews: Today and tomorrow @WakeForest is working with 96 colleges & universities in the American Talent Initiative to address…1 day ago 2 0
Talented students can thrive, but only with full access to college opportunity. We’re working on it with @IthakaSR @BloombergDotOrg @AspenInstitute at our convening this week https://t.co/92Bp8j6RIx #ActivateTalent https://t.co/WFLHPpO6081 day ago 7 10