Northwest Vista College among Top Community Colleges Nominated for Aspen Prize
Northwest Vista College among top community colleges nominated for
College has been chosen for the list of 150 community colleges in the U.S. qualified
to enter for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the country's
signature recognition of top achievement and performance in America’s community
colleges. Northwest Vista College was
selected from a group of nearly 1,000 community colleges nationwide to compete
for the $1 million Aspen Prize. In Texas, Northwest Vista College was one of 15
community colleges selected from about 125 institutions. Northwest Vista
College will move onward to the next round of competition by submitting an
application to be evaluated through an arduous assessment for a spot on the top
ten Aspen Prize finalists list in 2018.
“The Aspen Prize
is a major recognition in higher education and validates the significant progress faculty and staff have made in improving student success," said Northwest Vista College President Dr. Ric Baser. “To be among
the top 150 community colleges in the nation eligible for this award speaks to
our employees’ commitment to excellence in creating opportunities for success
for NVC students and their families.”
Given every two
years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with exceptional
successes in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion;
employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and
low-income students. Besides the reputation and merit of being listed among the
most accomplished community colleges across the country, the $1 million Aspen
Prize for Community College Excellence awards multiple monetary prizes for top
In addition to Northwest
Vista College, three other institutions in the Alamo Colleges District - St.
Philip's College, Palo Alto College and San Antonio College, have also been
included in the national list of 150 community colleges.
“We are elated to
garner this national recognition of the excellence that is reflected in the
achievements and renown of our colleges," said Alamo Colleges District
Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "I congratulate the college presidents,
faculty, administrators and staff whose commitment and dedication has earned
this honor," he added.
Top ten finalists
will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to
each of the finalists and collect supplementary data. A distinguished Prize
Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising
star(s) in spring 2019.