Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

Congratulations to San Antonio College, winner of the 2021 Aspen Prize!

The $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition for America’s community colleges—as President Obama called it, “basically the Oscars for great community colleges.” The Aspen Prize honors institutions with outstanding achievement in six areas: teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, workforce success, equity for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds, and leadership and institutional culture.

By focusing on student success and lifting up models that work, the Aspen Prize aims to celebrate excellence, advance a focus on equitable student success, and stimulate replication of effective culture and practice.
Click the links below to learn more about each of the exceptional 2021 Aspen Prize award recipients.

All Winners and Finalists

Selection Process

Resources

The 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
Aspen Prize Colleges: Well-Equipped When Crisis Hits
The Colleges We Need Now: The 2021 Aspen Prize Finalists
The 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
2019 Aspen Prize: Place and Purpose Matter
Chronicle of Higher Ed: Aspen Prize Is Awarded to 2 Florida Colleges
The 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
The 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
The 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
The 2011 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
The Aspen Prize is made possible by generous support from Ascendium Education Group,  Joyce Foundation, and Siemens Foundation.
Contact us for more information.
Ben Barrett, Program Manager