2021 Aspen Institute Top 10 Finalist

San Jacinto College a finalist for Aspen 2021 prize

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For a third consecutive time, San Jacinto College is an Aspen Institute Top 10 Finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Aspen Institute named San Jacinto College as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation, out of more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide. The College is now eligible for the top Aspen Prize, which will be awarded on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

“It is again an honor to be recognized by the Aspen Institute for the incredible work being done at San Jacinto College to help our students reach their educational goals. This recognition is due to the dedication of our Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff to ensure that all of our students have the resources they need and well-planned educational pathways to complete their certificates or degrees. On behalf of everyone at San Jacinto College, I thank the Aspen Institute for this amazing honor.”

Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College

Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions that achieve strong student outcomes across four key areas:

  • teaching and learning
  • degree completion and successful transfer to four-year institutions
  • success in the workforce
  • equitable outcomes for diverse student groups.

In 2017, San Jacinto College earned the Aspen Rising Star Award; and in 2019, the Aspen Institute named San Jacinto College as one of the top 10 community colleges in the country.

“San Jacinto College is always improving. The college has comprehensively restructured its systems to align everything to students’ success, from before they enroll until they complete a degree. The college is also especially effective in building relationships with employers to deliver what the community needs to thrive and ensuring that graduates succeed in the workforce.”

Joshua Wyner, Executive Director, Aspen Institute College Excellence Program


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