The $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, awarded every two years, is the nation’s "signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges," according to a press release. The award 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.
Sixteen Texas community colleges are in the hunt. They are listed below.
From the website:
Improving community college completion rates is a vital national priority. Their open access and affordability have benefitted millions of Americans, but now the nation must get more community college students successfully through to high-wage career opportunities and further education. Today, there are 13 million students being educated in more than 1,000 community colleges across the country. Of these students, nearly seven million – over forty percent of all those enrolled in postsecondary education – are working towards degrees and certificates.
Below are the community colleges in Texas that are eligible. Here is how the winner is chosen.
- Brazosport College Lake Jackson, TX
- Cedar Valley College Lancaster, TX
- Del Mar College Corpus Christi, TX
- El Paso Community College El Paso, TX
- Kilgore College Kilgore, TX
- Lamar State College-Port Arthur Port Arthur, TX
- Lee College Baytown, TX
- North Lake College Irving, TX
- Odessa College Odessa, TX
- San Jacinto College Pasadena, TX
- South Texas College McAllen, TX
- Trinity Valley Community College Athens, TX
- Tyler Junior College Tyler, TX
- Vernon College Vernon, TX
- Western Texas College Snyder, TX
- Wharton County Junior College Wharton, TX