Congratulations to the 10 finalists for the 2025 Aspen Prize!

These honored institutions excel among 1,000+ community colleges nationwide in fostering high and improving student success rates. They prioritize equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students, as well as those from lower-income backgrounds.

Case Study Highlights a System to Improve Teaching and Learning Across Community Colleges

Discover how Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (SWTC) achieved scaled improvements in faculty teaching through college-wide goal setting and evaluations. This case study offers actionable insights and practical recommendations for community colleges aiming to enhance student learning and increase graduation rates.

Announcing the 2024-2025 Cohort of the Rising Presidents Fellowship

Representing 20 states, this diverse cohort of 39 leaders will learn and apply concrete, grounded, and innovative strategies to meet student success challenges at their colleges.

Applications are now open for the second cohort of the Presidents Fellowship!

The Aspen Presidents Fellowship is an immersive, yearlong cohort-based program that merges learning, exploration, and collaborative exchange within a dynamic network of peers who are driven by a shared commitment to instigating profound, scalable transformations at their institutions.

Aspen-AASCU Transfer Intensive 2024-2025 Cohort Announced!

The one-year intensive strengthens partnerships between community colleges and AASCU members via monthly sessions, focusing on improving practices and policies for equitable transfer student success.

Reports outline opportunities to fix transfer systems failing most community college students

The new dual reports—one for community colleges and the other for four-year institutions—are the first to include transfer data disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and income. Each report advocates for improving inefficient transfer pathways in higher education and offers recommendations to enhance transfer practices.

A higher standard of excellence

The Aspen Institute's College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices and leadership that significantly improve student learning, completion, and employment after college—especially for the growing population of students of color and low-income students on American campuses.

We support colleges and universities in their quest to achieve a higher standard of excellence, delivering credentials that unlock life-changing careers and strengthen our economy, society, and democracy.

We know it takes visionary college leaders to achieve this higher standard and we make it our mission to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and research-backed tools to inspire change, shift practice, and advance the capacity of colleges to deliver excellent and equitable student outcomes.

“My community college changed my life.”

Students at the 2021 Aspen Prize finalist institutions share how they have been set up for success.