Five ATD Colleges are 2017 Aspen Prize Finalists, Four Win Prizes

Congratulations to five Achieving the Dream Network colleges who were named 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Finalist, Prize, and Rising Star winners during today’s live announcement in Washington, D.C. 


The finalists were selected last fall. Four of the institutions were recognized a based on the results of the colleges’ exceptional efforts to improve student outcomes. The selections follow a two-stage review process that includes rigorous examination of data on student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students. Site visits also were made to ten finalists’ campuses in fall 2016.

The ATD 2017 Aspen Prize institutions are:

Broward College, Finalist and Finalist with Distinction Prize winner

  • Highly diverse student population (66% underrepresented minorities) – students attain bachelor’s degrees at rate 50% higher than the national average 
  • Virtually no gap in three-year graduation/transfer rates between all students (47%) and underrepresented minority students (46%) 

Indian River State College, Finalist and Finalist with Distinction Prize winner

  • Strong three-year graduation/transfer rates for all students (49%, compared to 39% nationally) and strong graduation rates for underrepresented minorities (43% compared to 34% nationally)
  • Ranked third most affordable college in the nation by US Department of Education

Odessa College, Finalist and Rising Star Prize winner

  • Dramatic increase in graduation/transfer rates: from 15% to 32% over a five year period 
  • Five years after graduating, Odessa students earn more than double the wages of all other workers in the region 

San Jacinto College, Finalist and Rising Star winner

  • Strong improvements in three-year graduation/transfer rate, from 29% to 38% over five years
  • Number of credentials awarded to students rose from 38% to 51% over five years

West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Finalist

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