Aspen Prize Winners and Finalists


2021 San Antonio College (TX)
SAC dramatically improved degree completion by developing a caring culture undergirded by an unusually robust culture of inquiry and action.

2019 Indian River State College (FL)

IRSC’s focus on data-driven continuous improvement and customer service led to the development of clear guided pathways and exceptional transfer and baccalaureate outcomes.

2019 Miami Dade College (FL)
MDC showed that one of the largest, most diverse colleges can achieve successful, student-centered reforms at scale in teaching and learning, developmental education, and guided pathways.

2017 Lake Area Technical College (SD)
Lake Area Tech posted best-in-the-nation completion and employment rates—and closed gaps for low-income students—through cohort-based block instruction and exemplary employer partnerships.

2015 Santa Fe College (FL)
Santa Fe excelled through collaborative, creative, technology-aided efforts to get and keep students on track—an example of its impressive, nimble culture of innovation.

2013 Santa Barbara City College (CA)
SBCC excelled—and maintained an exceptional graduation rate—by reaching out to underserved populations and pairing academic rigor with intensive supports.

2013 Walla Walla Community College (WA)
Walla Walla spurred economic development by adapting quickly to workforce changes and even introducing a new industry to the region by building educational programming.

2011 Valencia College (FL)
Valencia’s singular focus on students and innovative approaches to partnerships, human capital, and finance yielded exceptional outcomes in graduation, transfer, and the workforce.

Finalists by Year

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