PAC among top 150 colleges eligible for $1M prize

November 15, 2017

Public Relations

For the first time in our history, Palo Alto College and three other colleges in the Alamo Colleges District have been named to a list of the top 150 community colleges in the U.S. eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

Palo Alto College was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize, which recognizes educational organizations with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and limited income students.

As one of only 15 in the state selected as eligible for the Aspen Prize, Palo Alto College will move forward to the next round of the competition by submitting an application, which was submitted in November 2017. The application will be reviewed through a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top ten Aspen Prize finalists list in 2018. 

“This recognition is a testament to the work each of you do every day. Palo Alto College was championed into existence by individuals who believed that education should be accessible to anyone – a principle that continues to drive our mission today,” said Palo Alto College President Dr. Mike Flores. “Being named to the Aspen Prize list is no small feat, and I’m honored to be a part of the Palo Alto College family.”

Palo Alto College, along with the Alamo Colleges District’s Northwest Vista College, San Antonio College, and St. Philip’s College, will move forward to the next round of the competition for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. 

“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.”

The top ten finalists will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits with each of the finalists and collect additional data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.