Congratulations to the QM Subscribers recognized as Aspen Institute Prize Winners--Valencia College Wins Top Honor

Congratulations to the QM Subscribers recognized as Aspen Institute Prize Winners--Valencia College Wins Top Honor

Congratulations to the winning QM Subscriber Institutions recognized by the Aspen Institute for community college excellence. The Aspen Institute selected the eligible institutions from a pool of 1,200-nearly half of all undergraduates nationally. The Aspen prize recognizes exceptional results of community colleges and the critical elements of student success: student learning, student-completion rates and work-force success. Read more.

The QM subscribers who have been recognized is an exception honor as the first annual Aspen Prize caps a year-long effort to recognize excellence in the Nation.

The Winner of the Aspen Prize and named Top US Community College by The Aspen Institute:

Valencia College, in Orlando, Fla., won the top honor and $600,000. The college was recognized for its high completion rates, employment of graduates, commitment to low-income and minority students, and the best record of transfers to four-year schools than any other college in the country.

The Aspen Prize Finalists with Distinction:

Miami Dade College, Miami Florida
Five years after completing their degrees, 2005 graduates from Miami Dade earned an average of more than $60,000 in 2010, nearly 40% more than the average worker in the regional labor market in the same year (2010). The college graduates more Hispanic students annually than any other college nationally, and many of its graduates become leaders in the Miami area, including the college’s own president.

Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla’s visionary development of programs creates job opportunity for its graduates and drives economic development in the region around the college. Seeing the demise of traditional agriculture, for example, the college developed new programs related to the land, from wine-making to wind energy and water management. As a result of this vision and other exceptional practices, 2010 graduates from Walla Walla earn more than twice the wages of other new entrants in the regional labor market.

Finalists with Distinction receive $100,000.