Kaskaskia College Eligible For Aspen Prize For Community College Excellence

Kaskaskia College is pleased to announce that it has been recognized on the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program’s list of the top community colleges in the nation for its student success rates.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program recently named the top 150 community colleges that are now eligible for the $1 million fund through the 2016 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement performance among America’s community college’s and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment earnings and access and success for minority and low-income students.

In a comprehensive review of the publicly available data, these 150 two-year institutions—from 35 states—have demonstrated strong outcomes considering three areas of student success:

• student success in persistence, completion, and transfer; consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Kaskaskia College President Dr. Penny Quinn adds, “Kaskaskia College is very proud to be identified as one of the top 150 community college’s in the nation by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program! This honor by Aspen reinforces the high importance KC places on student success. KC faculty and staff truly care about our students, and that caring approach results in greater attainment of educational and career goals by our students. This recognition is a valuable indicator for prospective students that KC is the college to select for their education. We hope you choose to join our team, and that we see you soon for advising and registration for the Fall.”

“Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility in our country,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.