NIACC named semifinalist for 2023 Aspen Prize
(ABC 6 News) – North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) was named a semifinalist for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
The $1 million Aspen Prize is the nation’s recognition of community colleges that are achieving high, improving, and equitable outcomes for students. NIACC is one of only twenty-five colleges in the country that is eligible.
The Aspen Prize is awarded every two years and honors colleges for outstanding performance in five critical areas: teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, workforce success, and equitable outcomes for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.
“We are extremely honored to be recognized by the prestigious Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. It is our continued commitment to student success that produces student outcomes worthy of being recognized as one of the top 25 Community Colleges in the nation,” said NIACC President Dr. Steven Schulz. “I am extremely proud of the faculty, staff and administration at NIACC for their ongoing commitment to quality and student success.”
The Prize selection process began in October 2021, when the Aspen Institute invited 150 community colleges to apply, based on data showing strong and improving student outcomes in key areas such as retention, completion, transfer, and equity. Applications went to a diverse selection committee of 16 higher education experts who reviewed extensive data and application narratives.
“We are thrilled to see America’s community colleges making meaningful and measurable progress, educating people from all backgrounds and preparing them for good jobs,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “These twenty-five colleges represent our dreams for a better country and a reinvigorated democracy.”
The top ten finalists are expected to be announced in early June 2022 and the winner will be named in 2023.