Unlocking Opportunity:
The Post-Graduation Success and Equity Network

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (Aspen) and its partners at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) have launched a first-of-its-kind initiative that reflects the next wave of the community college student success movement: a bold focus on excellence and equity in post-completion outcomes.

The 10 colleges selected for the network will work closely with Aspen, CCRC, expert coaches, and field experts over three years on comprehensive reforms and then three additional years of evaluation, all with one overarching goal: thousands more community college students, including students of color and those from lower-income backgrounds, entering and completing programs that lead directly to jobs that pay a family-sustaining wage or to efficient and effective completion of a bachelor’s degree.

The participating colleges, announced on February 7, 2023, are: 
  • Alamo Colleges District with San Antonio College as a pilot college
  • Laramie County Community College
  • Lorain County Community College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Odessa College
  • Sinclair College
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • St. Petersburg College
  • Tulsa Community College
  • Valencia College
Plus San Jacinto College as a resource college
Stay tuned for research and insights from the network!

About the Project

This project is made possible by support from Arnold Ventures, Ascendium, ECMC, and the Strada Education Foundation.
Contact us for more information.
Tess Henthorne, Senior Program Manager