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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.
    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
RT @AspenInstitute: Congratulations to @AspenHigherEd's @JoshWyner, winner of the Educational Testing Service O’Banion Prize for his contri…5 hours ago 3 0
RT @followtheleague: Build pathways with post-graduation success in mind. Engage 4 year colleges. Engage employers in defining common goals…8 hours ago 1 0
RT @followtheleague: "Work with four-year colleges to develop collaborative cultures." Josh Wyner, Aspen Institute #18INNMD9 hours ago 2 0
RT @Steinmarc: Clear vision focused *explicitly* on student success = first step to effective #leadership -@JoshWyner of @AspenInstitute #19 hours ago 1 0
Congratulations to @JoshWyner for winning the @followtheleague Educational Testing Service O’Banion Prize for his contributions to community college excellence! #18INNMD @AspenInstitute https://t.co/mTYjKGqaNh9 hours ago 2 12
RT @followtheleague: Josh Wyner: "Just because students are unprepared, does not mean they are not talented." #18INNMD9 hours ago 5 0
RT @followtheleague: Join us in 10 minutes in the Potomac Ballroom for Tuesday's General Session featuring Keynote speaker Josh Wyner, VP,…10 hours ago 1 0
We're excited to welcome @IUBloomington as one of our newest American Talent Initiative member institutions (and our first from the state of Indiana)! Read more from IU about how they're working to #ActivateTalent on campus https://t.co/dM8pmkgtlM @IthakaSR @BloombergDotOrg https://t.co/H701wyx1TP4 days ago 2 14
RT @IUBloomington: IU Bloomington, along with @AspenHigherEd @IthakaSR @BloombergDotOrg and more than 90 colleges have committed to expand…5 days ago 19 0
RT @BloombergDotOrg: “Talent does not know zip code or race, birthright or income level. Innate talent is a precious gift.” —@DaytonPrezSpi…6 days ago 6 0