San Antonio College Nominated for Prestigious Aspen Prize
Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College has been named to the list of 150 community colleges in the U.S. eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America's community colleges. SAC was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize. In Texas, SAC was one of 15 community colleges selected from about 125 institutions. It is the first time SAC has been nominated.
The nomination follows a recent milestone SAC celebrated with the awarding 5,531 degrees and certificates in the 2016-17 academic year, setting a new record and exceeding a goal set by the college.
"I am thrilled and proud to see our faculty, staff, and administration being recognized for their impressive efforts regarding student success," said Dr. Robert Vela, President of San Antonio College. "In the whirlwind that is the busyness we face day to day, we have made it a priority to focus on the details that truly make a difference for our students and help them succeed."
In addition to SAC, three other institutions in the Alamo Colleges District - St. Philip's College, Palo Alto College and Northwest Vista College, have also been included in the national list of 150 community colleges.
"We are elated to garner this national recognition of the excellence that is reflected in the achievements and renown of our colleges," said Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "I congratulate the college presidents, faculty, administrators and staff whose commitment and dedication has earned this honor," he added.
Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.
San Antonio College and her sister institutions in the Alamo Colleges District will move forward to the next round of the competition for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by submitting an application to be reviewed through a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top ten Aspen Prize finalists list.
Top ten finalists will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.