Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland has been named as one of the nation's top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. The award makes Northwest eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.
The Aspen Prize is awarded every two years and is the leading national recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges. The recognition is based on exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.
Top community colleges
The Aspen Institute identified the top 150 community colleges through an assessment of institutional performance, improvement, and equity on student retention and completion measures.
Together, the 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the Prize represent the diversity of the sector; They are located in 37 states across the nation; they represent urban, rural, and suburban markets; and they encompass big community colleges and small community colleges—from Miami Dade College in Florida serving over 100,000 students to Carver Career Center in West Virginia serving fewer than 500 students.
A full list of the 150 community colleges is available at the Aspen Prize website. Prize winners will be announced in early 2015.