Washington, DC, September 5, 2012 —New York’s Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn was named today one of ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. Part of the City University of New York system or CUNY, Kingsborough now enters the last stage of the competition for the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March in Washington, D.C. to the winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction.
Selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges, the Prize recognizes the most outstanding institutions for achievements in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree and college completion, labor market success in students securing jobs after college, and minority and low-income student success.
“Kingsborough stands out for its strong commitment to continuous improvement,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “Its thoughtful and cohesive approach to helping an extremely diverse group of students succeed provides lessons for all urban community colleges.”
Kingsborough serves a large multi-cultural and multi-ethnic student body and has put in place a variety of academic and support services to help students succeed. Built around its well-recognized “learning communities” approach, the college has devised a series of services and programs for students in their first year which have resulted in higher levels of success without substantial increases in cost. The administration and faculty’s continuous assessment of student performance and completion combined with efforts to develop responsive strategies for improvement have led to increased retention, graduation and transfer rates.