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. “[The Aspen Prize is] basically the Oscars for great community colleges.” President Barack Obama, 2015.
- AssessRigorously analyze student success data as well as the practices of colleges that achieve strong and improving levels of student success.ElevateRecognize and broadly disseminate what high-achieving and improving institutions do.CreateDevelop new knowledge, tools, and processes to support improved student outcomes.SupportAssist 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