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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.
    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
Excited to see Executive Director @JoshWyner on @greatdaywash this morning talk about #studentsuccess and his service on @udc_edu Board of Trustees! https://t.co/BAXB0rKRDT4 days ago 0 13
RT @PresWoodWSCC: Thanks @AspenHigherEd for an outstanding week of learning with my #comm_college peers and mentors. https://t.co/Ji8fWyBgSO4 days ago 1 0
Nothing more energizing than the determination and passion these #presfellows bring to this work. The future of #comm_colleges is in good hands https://t.co/Z9NkMVnsHs5 days ago 8 18
RT @ccleague: Last one... FACT: For every dollar spent on apprenticeship, employers get approximately $1.50 ROI. #NAW171 week ago 3 0
RT @PresWoodWSCC: Honored to be part of the @AspenHigherEd Presidential Fellowship and on a panel with @CecilCollPres @OCCPresident @jeffco1 week ago 1 0
Spreading best practice abroad! Thrilled to share insights from #AspenPrize and #STScholars programs with @SkillsFutureSG and local Singapore colleges last week! https://t.co/T5USbns6HA1 week ago 0 3
.@sfoundation CEO on how focusing on STEM middle skills is an investment in human capital #STEM #STEMDay #STScholars https://t.co/H7pg2SSLGQ2 weeks ago 2 7
Happy #STEMDay! We're excited to hear more about and highlight excellent middle-skill STEM programs through this cycle's #STScholars. Congratulations to the record number of applicants for this year's awards!2 weeks ago 0 3
RT @smithcollege: Smith is proud to join the American Talent Initiative to support students like Daisy Vargas '18 #activatetalent https://t…3 weeks ago 4 0
RT @MartinKurzweil: Why we must #ActivateTalent: Public Colleges Backslide on Access - @_lee_g in @chronicle on @NewAmericaEd report https:…4 weeks ago 7 0