Brooklyn, NY, March 21 –Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College (KCC), today announced that KCC, Brooklyn’s only community college, was named one of the top four community colleges in America by Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. KCC, selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges, is one of four community colleges that will share the $1 million prize.
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.
“The selection of KCC as a top four community college by the Aspen College Excellence Program is
a great honor for the entire Kingsborough community of students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Peruggi. “We strongly believe that all students can succeed if given the opportunity, excellent teaching and appropriate support and we’ve worked hard to make that a reality for our large and diverse student body. Our students come to us from over 142 different countries and speak 73 different languages. They are the future of our city. When they succeed, we all succeed.”
“For so many New Yorkers, our City’s community colleges are a crucial pathway to fulfilling careers and a better future for their families,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Kingsborough Community College has demonstrated the leadership and innovation that has helped New York City become a national leader in education reform. By focusing on helping their students graduate in a timely manner with the skills that are required in today’s competitive marketplace, Kingsborough has earned this well-deserved recognition.”
“Kingsborough richly deserves this recognition,” said Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of The City University of New York. Kingsborough is one of CUNY’s seven community colleges. “An impressive 60 percent of its students transfer to four-year colleges, compared to the national average of 26 percent. At a time when the economy demands more highly educated workers with both associate- and baccalaureate-level credentials, Kingsborough is delivering.”
“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.”