To award the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the College Excellence Program engages in a rigorous two-year-long process that assesses student outcomes at over 1,000 community colleges in the United States, leading to the selection of ten finalists and, ultimately, one winner. Institutions are assessed for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion (including of a bachelor’s degree after transfer), employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. Throughout the process, Aspen looks extensively at data, engages community college leaders, and solicits guidance from experts in higher education. Below is a detailed explanation of the selection process.
The Aspen Institute recognizes the generous support for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence from: