Erie Community College has been named as one of 120 two-year institutions nationwide that is eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, ECC President Jack Quinn announced Friday.
The purpose of the Aspen Prize, which was announced by President Obama during the White House Summit on Community Colleges in October 2010, is to honor community colleges with outstanding academic and workforce outcomes.
According to the Aspen Institute, the 120 community colleges chosen to compete have demonstrated strong outcomes in three areas: student success in persistence and completion; consistent improvement in outcomes over time and equity in outcomes for students of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank the Aspen Institute for including ECC as one of the 120 eligible institutions for this prize,” Quinn said. “Being on this list means that ECC is ranked in the top 10 percent of community college in the nation. Without a doubt, it is the dedication of our exceptional faculty and staff that have brought ECC this distinction.”
The prize is being funded by the Joyce Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.
Eight to 10 finalists will be named in September and the prize winner and runner-up will be announced in December 2011.
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.