The Aspen Institute Names Kingsborough Community College One of the Top 150 U.S. Community Colleges Eligible for 2019 Aspen Prize CUNY College

Only NYC Community College to be Selected

Brooklyn, NY – The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named CUNY’s Kingsborough Community College one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.

“The Aspen Institute’s focus on student success aligns perfectly with Kingsborough’s mission,” noted Interim President Peter M. Cohen. “We’ve continued to make great strides since finishing in the top 4 in 2013, developing programs to ensure equity among our students.” The prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in 4 areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Higher education attainment has never been more important. Estimates from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce suggest that out of the 11.6 million jobs created in the post-recession economy, 11.5 million require at least some college education.

“Especially in the current social and economic climate, it is exceptionally important that our nation’s community colleges develop the diverse talent needed to fuel democratic engagement, social mobility, and economic opportunity and growth,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Through this competition we’re working to inspire other institutions across our country to ensure more students succeed in college and their lives beyond those campuses.”

The 150 community colleges named today as eligible to compete for the 2019 Prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as few as 300 students and as many as 95,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector. Kingsborough was the only community college in New York City to qualify. For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions, visit:

The top ten finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019. To read more on the selection process, visit:



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