Community College Excellence Program

The Aspen Institute announces 10 community college finalists for 2015

Ten finalists were announced for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million Aspen Prize is based on performance and improvements in learning, graduation, workforce outcomes and equitable outcomes for all students, but with a focus on traditionally underserved student groups. More »



At What Cost? Community Colleges & Federal Student Loans

Nearly 1 million community college students do not have access to federal student loans because their schools choose not to offer them, says this report from the Institute for College Access & Success. Without access to these loans, the report concludes that students may not be able to stay enrolled without turning to more costly and risky forms of borrowing such as credit cards or private loans, or reducing their chances of graduating by working longer hours or cutting back on classes. More »

Simplifying Complexity in the Student Experience: Gathering Data

Simplifying Complexity in the Student Experience

This four-part case study from the Community College Research Center identifies key areas where community college students struggle because of excessive complexity in the academic decision-making process and what colleges can do to devise and implement relatively low-cost solutions to improve the student experience. More »

A_Matter_of_Degrees_-1 copy
Report | Student Engagement

A Matter of Degrees

Most community colleges offer completion-oriented strategies to help students persist and graduate, but participation in these programs continues to be low, says a report from the Center for Community College Student Engagement. More » More »

Lingerers-1 copy
Reports | Community Colleges

Lingerers in the Community College

Lingerers are defined as a highly persistent group of students who have accumulated a substantial number of college credits yet remain enrolled in the fifth year. This report from the Community College Research Center examines data on students at nine community colleges to determine various characteristics and outcomes of lingerers in comparison with degree completers. More »

2013 Aspen Prize

2013 Aspen Prize winners announced

Santa Barbara City College (CA) and Walla Walla Community College (WA) were announced today as co-winners of the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Prize for Community College Excellence. Two finalists-with-distinction, were also named: Kingsborough Community College (NY) and Lake Area Technical Institute (SD.) More »

Degree attainment

Snapshot Report: Degree Attainment

Sixty percent of community college students who transfer to a four-year institution earn a bachelor’s degree within four years, says this report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. The report notes that graduation rates are highest among students who transfer after receiving their associate’s degree. More »

Page 1 of 161234567...Last »