Frontier Set

Increasing student access and eliminating disparities in college attainment. 
The Frontier Set is a diverse set of high-performing two-and four-year colleges, universities, and state systems, all committed to significantly increasing student access and success and eliminating racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in college attainment. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program is helping the 12 Community College Frontier set member institutions to:
  • Implement policies and practices associated with significantly increasing student success, such as redesigned advising, enhanced digital learning and strengthened developmental education.
  • Strengthen institutions’ ability to implement and sustain change.
  • Share progress, insights, and lessons learned. 
The Frontier Set is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through its Postsecondary Success strategy.
The 12 members of the community college segment of the Frontier Set are:

Columbia Basin College

Pasco, WA

Davidson County Community College

Thomasville, NC

Guilford Technical Community College

Jamestown, NC

Indian River State College*

Fort Pierce, FL


Lorain County Community College

Elyria, OH

Miami Dade College*

Miami, FL

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Green Bay, WI

San Jacinto College*

Pasadena, TX

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Santa Fe College
Gainesville, FL

Sinclair Community College

Dayton, OH

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, NC

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, IL

*Denotes past winners, finalists and rising stars of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
The 12 Frontier Set community colleges were selected from a pool of high-performing institutions nationally by a panel of national experts. Selection was based on the strength of student outcomes and improvement in outcomes over time, enrollment size and student demographics, and potential to set new standards for improvement in student outcomes and postsecondary attainment, particularly for low-income, first-generation students, and students of color.

For more information, visit: https://postsecondary.gatesfoundation.org/areas-of-focus/networks/institutional-partnerships/
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Keith Witham, Deputy Director