The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence aims to develop a cadre of exceptional leaders who can transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success while maintaining broad access. Drawing on the exemplary work of excellent community colleges, the Aspen Institute engages a select group of fellows each year in this intensive, applied leadership executive program, delivered in collaboration with Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative. The year-long fellowship includes three in-person residential seminars plus structured mentoring by experienced community college presidents and the development of a strategic leadership vision through a capstone project. The Aspen Presidential Fellowship centers on three broad themes:
Leading for Student Success
Defining and assessing student success in multiple domains: learning, completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, labor market, and equity in access and outcomes.
Leading Transformational Change
Transforming institutional culture and core practices to deeply and sustainably improve student success.
Partnering for Collective Action
Implementing new structures with external partners—including K-12 schools, universities, community-based organizations, and employers—to improve student success.
Sessions are led by Aspen Institute and Stanford University faculty, as well as some of the nation’s top community college professionals and higher education experts, incorporating case studies, small group discussions and activities, and data workshops.