The Aspen Institute Names MiraCosta College as a Semifinalist for Prestigious 2025 Aspen Prize

MiraCosta College is one of 20 Community Colleges Being Considered for $1 Million National Prize that Recognizes Excellence in Student Outcomes, Both in College and After Graduation
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Today, the Aspen Institute named MiraCosta College as a semifinalist for the 2025 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 million award is the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges. The institutions selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success, as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds.

Awarded every two years, the Aspen Prize honors colleges with outstanding performance in six critical areas: teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, workforce success, broad access to the college and its offerings, and equitable outcomes for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2025. 

Joshua Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, congratulated the semifinalists. “Each of these colleges has demonstrated a sustained commitment to moving beyond enrollment and retention as the markers of student success to defining their success by whether the education they provide changes lives,” Wyner said. “These colleges understand that enrollment and graduation matter most when tied tightly to post-graduation success in transferring for a bachelor’s degree and in securing fulfilling, good-paying jobs and careers.” 

The semifinalists are: 
Broward College
Georgia Highlands College
Kingsborough Community College
MiraCosta College
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Moorpark College
North Iowa Area Community College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Northwest Iowa Community College
Northwest Vista College
San Jacinto College
Seminole State College of Florida
South Puget Sound Community College
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
State Technical College of Missouri
Trinidad State College
Union College of Union County, NJ

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