The nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges, the Aspen Prize is sponsored by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.
According to a national press statement released by the Aspen Institute on November 5, 2019, Saint Paul College’s inclusion in the top 150 colleges eligible for the Aspen Prize was based on strong and improving student outcomes in student learning, completion rates, employment rates, earnings and equity. Saint Paul College was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 community colleges nationwide.
The top ten finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021.
Previous winners of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence are:
- 2019: Miami Dade College (FL) and Indian River State College (FL)
- 2017: Lake Area Technical College (SD)
- 2015: Santa Fe College (FL)
- 2013: Santa Barbara City College (CA) and Walla Walla Community College (WA)
- 2011: Valencia College (FL)
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