Aspen Institute Names Eastern Florida State College in Running for Top National Prize
By Space Coast Daily // November 10, 2019
EFSC eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College today was named one of 150 community colleges in the nation eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
The prize is the nation’s top recognition for high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
The institutions eligible to compete for the 2021 distinction were selected based on strong and improving student outcomes, including in learning, graduation rates, and employment rates.
This is the fifth time the Aspen Institute has considered Eastern Florida for the prize from more than 1,000 community colleges in the U.S.
Eastern Florida President Dr. Jim Richey said the colleges’ repeated nomination shows its commitment to high standards with more new programs offering student excellent careers.
He also noted EFSC’s high graduation rates, low tuition, and strong student support services as creating a winning combination.
“Thanks to our outstanding faculty and staff, students attending EFSC have a unique opportunity to learn and have great job prospects when they receive their degrees. That focus drives everything we do,” he said.
Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.
“Community colleges play a vital role in developing talent and enabling social mobility across the country, and it’s critical for them to get better at what they do,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.
“We’re pleased to see evidence that these institutions are improving, that more are delivering on their promise.”