Published:
Thursday, January 28th 2016

KC named one of 150 community colleges in running for $1M prize based on student success

Kilgore College has been named one of only 150 community colleges nationwide that qualified to move on to the second round of the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

All 150 colleges chosen for the second round demonstrated strong outcomes in three areas of student success including:

  • Student success in persistence, completion and transfer
  • Consistent improvement in outcomes over time
  • Equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds

The 150 eligible institutions were chosen from more than 1,000 colleges nationwide, representing 35 states.

A $1 million prize will be awarded in March of 2017 to one community college.

The award has been given once every two years since 2011.  KC was also named as one of the top-150 community colleges in 2014.

The prize is funded by the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC.

KC is one of 16 community colleges in Texas chosen to qualify to move on to round two.

Other Texas community colleges that qualified:

  • Brazosport College - Lake Jackson, TX
  • Cedar Valley College - Lancaster, TX
  • Del Mar College - Corpus Christi, TX
  • El Paso Community - College El Paso, TX
  • Lamar State College-Port Arthur - Port Arthur, TX
  • Lee College - Baytown, TX
  • North Lake College - Irving, TX
  • Odessa College - Odessa, TX
  • San Jacinto College - Pasadena, TX
  • South Texas College - McAllen, TX
  • Trinity Valley Community - College Athens, TX
  • Tyler Junior College - Tyler, TX
  • Vernon College - Vernon, TX
  • Western Texas College - Snyder, TX
  • Wharton County Junior College - Wharton, TX

More information:

http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/college-excellence/2017-eligible-community-colleges