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Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
The $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. With a singular focus on student success, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Congratulations to the 150 eligible institutions for the 2019 Aspen Prize. To see the full list of institutions, click below. 
  • Assess
    Rigorously analyze student success data as well as the practices of colleges that achieve strong and improving levels of student success.
    Recognize and broadly disseminate what high-achieving and improving institutions do.
    Develop new knowledge, tools, and processes to support improved student outcomes.
    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
Look out for the #TacklingTransfer Guide later this week! Co-created by @AspenInstitute @CommunityCCRC @PublicAgenda & SOVA, the guide is designed to encourage state leadership & colleges to work together to improve outcomes for #communitycollege #transfer students8 hours ago 5 9
Check out @InsideHigherEd coverage on how the American Talent Initiative is expanding to #ActivateTalent https://t.co/SN6sYR01hb https://t.co/r49SNebQ9613 hours ago 2 7
RT @uwnews: .@UW joins 85 universities in commitment to low-income students. #ActivateTalent https://t.co/tEWYfwvMzm https://t.co/icGn61cl4q15 hours ago 21 0
RT @WakeForestNews: 86 colleges have expanded commitments to recruit underserved students - @WakeForest's include: • boosting Pell grant ap…16 hours ago 3 0
RT @UTAustin: As #UTAustin continues to lead national efforts to support lower-income students, we are excited to welcome 18 more colleges…16 hours ago 16 0
RT @EtownCollege: We're excited to announce our partnership with the American Talent Initiative and our commitment to educating more high-a…4 days ago 2 0
RT @DanPorterfield: Thanks to @DLeonhardt for the story on the American Talent Initiative: “At long last…there is now a serious push to mak…4 days ago 11 0
“The world needs intellectual leaders with the creativity and vision to translate ideas into practice…” Great profile of incoming @AspenInstitute president @DanPorterfield and his work to #ActivateTalent https://t.co/ceX7qLKVm54 days ago 1 6
RT @Princeton: Eighteen more colleges have joined #PrincetonU as part of the the American Talent Initiative, bringing the total to 86. htt…4 days ago 9 0
RT @lehighadmission: “As a @LehighAlumni, I would love to give back to the university, to be able to fund a student’s future, because that…4 days ago 1 0