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Eligible For $1 Million Aspen Institute Prize

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.

The 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.

Chipola president 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 success.”

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 performance measures.

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.

Nearly 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 Development programs.

For information about Chipola College, visit or phone 850-526-2761.


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