Aspen Institute Names AVC as a Top 150 U.S. Community College Eligible for 2021 Aspen Prize
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named AVC as one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. Based on strong and improving student outcomes—including learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, as well as equity—15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize. The 150 community colleges named today as eligible to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector. Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.