Aspen Institute honors Ellsworth Community College
The Aspen Institute has named 150 colleges across the country, including Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, as being eligible for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The selected colleges demonstrated strong outcomes in student success in persistence, completion and transfer rates; consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
According to its website, the Aspen Institute recognizes that there are “many community college around the country that are employing innovative strategies and achieving excellent results for their students. The bar for the Aspen Prize is intentionally set high in order to identify those institutions that have demonstrated exceptional levels of student success.”
Dr. Nancy Muecke, ECC Provost, says Ellsworth Community College is extremely honored to have been selected by Aspen Institute as one of its excellence award candidates. “The ECC faculty, staff and administration work diligently to serve students, and we pay close attention to the kind of student success data that the Aspen Institute has evaluated. We’re very honored to have been selected as one of the top 150 community colleges in the country. All the credit goes to our dedicated employees, who provide quality instruction and serve our ECC students with a passion. When students and their parents are considering college options, these kinds of results speak very clearly about an individual college and what prospective students can expect.”
In addition to Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, four other Iowa community colleges were named to the Aspen Institute list. Those named to the list must apply to be considered for the second round of the Aspen Prize selection process.