Aspen Prize

An Aspen Prize Top 150 College

Aspen Prize Top 150 - 2021Alvin Community College has once again been listed in the top 150 community colleges in America as ranked by the Aspen Institute for 2021.

ACC received the distinction among more than 1,000 community colleges in the United States. The Aspen Institute also ranked ACC in the top community colleges in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019. Colleges are nominated every other year.

“It is such an honor for the college to be selected for this award for the fifth time,” ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht said. “Thanks to the leadership of the Board of Regents and the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff, our students’ academic achievement is once again being recognized.”

The Aspen Institute is a non-profit organization that works to identify and replicate campus-wide practices that significantly improve college student outcomes.

“Receiving this distinction is an important milestone for ACC,” Board Chair Mike Pyburn said. “It represents the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff to increase academic success and career readiness for our students.”

The purpose of the Aspen Prize is to recognize community colleges with outstanding academic and workforce outcomes in both absolute performance and improvements over time. The institute selected Alvin Community College based on student success in retention and completion, performance improvement, and performance of underrepresented minorities and institutions in low-income service areas.

Some of the data used in determining the top 150 status are first-year retention rates, three-year graduation and transfer rates as well as the number of certificates and degrees awarded per 100 full-time equivalent students. Other measures included data related to underrepresented minorities.

The data for the ranking was analyzed by policy experts, researchers, data analysts and former college presidents.

ACC recently posted its highest enrollment ever with 5,993 students taking courses in the Fall 2019 semester.

ACC is now eligible for the $1 million Aspen Prize, which is awarded to the top community college in the country. The college will be judged on data that includes completion outcomes, labor market outcomes, learning outcomes and equity outcomes.

ACC is also eligible to apply for the $50,000 Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Award. The Award highlights the exceptional community college programs that prepare diverse students for jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields

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