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Aspen Prize
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.
  • 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
2011 #AspenPrize winner represents excellence - strong outcomes in completion, labor market, learning, and equity! https://t.co/nZKDHxBfgF1 day ago 0 0
Secretary of Education @BetsyDeVosED heading to @valenciacollege today - a model for student success and the 2011 winner of the #AspenPrize1 day ago 2 7
RT @KatieLobosco: 99% of @LakeAreaTech grads get jobs or go on to get their BA. No wonder they won the #AspenPrize @AspenInstitute https://…1 week ago 5 0
RT @SenatorRounds: Congratulations to @LakeAreaTech in Watertown--named the #1 community college in the nation by @AspenInstitute! https://…1 week ago 4 0
RT @RepPeteOlson: Congrats to #TX22’s @SanJacCollege for winning the @AspenHigherEd Rising Star Award & being named the nation’s 5th best c…1 week ago 6 0
As part of a panel at @ACEducation, @JoshWyner previews report on college presidency across all sectors due out in… https://t.co/9P4Fsjb5i91 week ago 1 2
RT @SenJohnThune: The nation’s best community college is in South Dakota. Big congrats to @LakeAreaTech! https://t.co/UvYnGVAR6t1 week ago 5 0
RT @SDGovDaugaard: Congrats to @LakeAreaTech. Aspen recognized what we already knew - you are the best! https://t.co/21TZ5YRV3p1 week ago 4 0
Couldn't have done it without your help! #datamatters #AspenPrize https://t.co/PTeHGnpYvc1 week ago 1 3