Advancing college student success.

The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices and leadership that significantly improve student learning, completion, and employment after college—especially for the growing population of students of color and low-income students on American campuses.
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Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
For millions of Americans, community colleges provide an essential pathway to well-paying jobs and continuing higher education. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors those institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate. Congratulations to the top 10 finalist institutions for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence!
  • 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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Creating clear pathways to degrees. Ensuring that learning prepares students for workforce and academic transfer. These are some of the ways exceptional community colleges earned their way onto the #AspenPrize Top 10. Learn more: https://t.co/xKyzjQbbD24 days ago 2 3
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These #AspenPrize Top 10 Finalists are helping #comm_college students learn in the classroom so they can succeed after transfer and in the workforce. Learn more about what these excellent institutions are doing to improve #studentoutcomes: https://t.co/xHFi8lTUhR6 days ago 3 8
Check out the top 10 #AspenPrize finalists – they are working hard to close persistent equity gaps in #studentsuccess: https://t.co/0QFXRWr7iB https://t.co/eIVNxKp3Wh6 days ago 5 13
Thanks to Siemens (@sfoundation), @JoyceFdn, and @kresgefdn for their generous support for the 2019 #AspenPrize! They understand how important community colleges like the top 10 finalist institutions are to activating talent and enabling social mobility: https://t.co/woVEDlVRK86 days ago 8 12
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Congratulations to the 2019 #AspenPrize Top 10 Community Colleges! We are delighted to recognize strong and improving levels of student achievement and equitable outcomes. See how the ten finalists #activatetalent and enable social mobility: https://t.co/LFSuGcBB5t https://t.co/JZZcUqMdgM6 days ago 25 53
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