Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute invited Metropolitan Community College-Business & Technology to submit a second round application for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The institution that wins the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence will be awarded one million dollars in prize funds.
This is the second time MCC-Business & Technology has been acknowledged by the Aspen Institute and invited to apply for this award, however, this is the first year MCC-BT has been invited to participate in the second round of applications. During first round applications, the nation’s top 150 community colleges were invited to apply.
The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.
The Aspen Institute identified the top 150 community colleges through an assessment of institutional performance, improvement and equity on student retention and completion measures. During round two applications, an expert panel will select 10 finalists: community colleges that have produced outstanding outcomes for students, routinely collected data demonstrating a full range of student outcomes, and effectively and systematically used those data to continuously improve practices and policies impacting student success.
If selected for round three application, MCC-Business & Technology will host a site visit for an Aspen Institute committee. A Prize Jury will select the winner of the one million dollar prize funds and finalists in early 2015.