Kingsborough Community College Awarded $100,000 for Achieving Outstanding Outcomes in Learning, Completion, Minority and Low-Income Student Success and Employment/Earnings
Washington, DC, March 19, 2013 – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced today Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) in Brooklyn, New York as a finalist-with-distinction for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Selected from the nation’s more than 1,000 public community colleges, Kingsborough will receive a $100,000 prize to support its programs.
As the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges, the Prize recognizes institutions for outstanding achievement in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree completion, labor market success in securing good jobs after college, and facilitating minority and low-income student success.
“Kingsborough Community College has achieved strong results in graduation, transfer, and employment outcomes while working with an extremely diverse group of students, many who face challenging life circumstances,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Its staff and faculty are deeply committed to removing the roadblocks that keep so many community college students from finishing what they start.”
Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, joined John Engler, president of Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan, Richard Riley, former US Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor, and Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, at the Newseum in Washington, DC in celebrating the program and the hard work of the applicants. The winners and finalists-with-distinction were selected by a Prize Jury of 12 prominent leaders in education, business, civil rights, and public service. Prize winners Santa Barbara City College (CA) and Walla Walla Community College (WA) will each receive $400,000. The second finalist-with-distinction, Lake Area Technical Institute (SD) also receives $100,000.
Kingsborough Community College works hard to maintain access for a large multi-cultural, multi-ethnic majority low-income student body and has put in place a variety of academic and other support services to help students succeed. Most notable are its well-recognized and highly effective “learning communities,” which group students together in linked courses and provide intensive individualized support. The administration and faculty continuously assess student performance and completion, and also offer strategies to help students overcome the non-academic barriers they face, like inadequate childcare, housing and transportation costs, and other concerns that would otherwise make it difficult for them to stay in and complete college. This cohesive approach has resulted in increased retention, graduation and transfer rates.