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) seek 10 institutions to participate in 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.

Along with the focus on increasing access to and success in high-value pathways, participating colleges will commit to decreasing the number of students on paths that fail to confer strong post-graduation opportunity, including those who are undecided, in general education associate degree programs, and in CTE programs aligned to low-wage work.
We will host two Q&A sessions with Aspen and CCRC staff to answer any questions your college might have about the application. Please use the links below to register and to save the Zoom information to your calendar:
  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET – register here
  • Tuesday, August 30, 2022 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET – register here

About the Project

Project Offerings & Expectations

This project is made possible by support from Arnold Ventures, Ascendium, and ECMC. Aspen and CCRC are in ongoing conversations to expand resources for this ambitious project.
Contact us for more information.
Tess Henthorne, Senior Program Manager