Washington, DC – Chipola
College has been named one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by
the Aspen Institute.
Chipola is among 14 Florida College System
institutions eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize for
Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize money. Florida
colleges named to the list, are: Broward College, Chipola College,
College of Central Florida, Daytona State College, Eastern Florida State
College, Florida SouthWestern State College, Florida State College at
Jacksonville, Indian River State College, Northwest Florida State
College, Palm Beach State College, Saint Johns River State College,
South Florida State College and Tallahassee Community College.
Aspen Prize, awarded every two years since 2011, is the nation’s
signature recognition of high achievement and performance among
America’s community colleges. Chipola has been nominated for all four of
the Aspen Award cycles—2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Dr. Jason Hurst, says, “We are proud to be nominated for the Aspen Prize
for a fourth time. This nomination affirms that Chipola College is
committed to improving our educational programs to ensure student
The Aspen Prize recognizes exceptional student outcomes in
persistence, completion, and transfer; consistent improvement in
outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all
racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Highlighting the critical
importance of improving student success, the Aspen Institute identified
the top community colleges through an assessment of institutional
Chipola was named among the top 150 colleges
from a national pool of over 1,166 public two-year colleges using
publicly available data on student outcomes. In First-Year
Retention rate, Chipola ranked 23rd in the nation. In three-year
graduation rate, Chipola ranked 28th. In Credentials Awarded per 100
Full Time Equivalent, Chipola ranked 20th, and in Credentials Awarded
per 100 Minority Students, Chipola ranked 14th in the nation.”
The 150 eligible community colleges have been invited to submit
applications to Aspen containing detailed data on degree/certificate
completion, labor market outcomes, and student learning outcomes.
Colleges must demonstrate that they deliver exceptional student results
for all students – including those from racial minority and/or
low-income backgrounds – and, that they use data to inform decisions and
continually improve over time.
Ten finalists will be named in Fall
2016. Aspen will conduct site visits to finalist colleges to collect
additional data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize
winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.
half of America’s college students attend community colleges, with more
than seven million students – youth and adult learners – working towards
certificates and degrees in these institutions across the country.
Chipola is designated as a state college in the Florida College System.
Established in 1947, Chipola offers the Bachelor of Science Degree, the
Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree and Workforce
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