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Laredo College named as top community college, eligible for $1 million prize   


It has been a transformative and record-breaking year for Laredo College. Our impressive academic record is now being recognized with yet another accolade.


The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program recently named Laredo College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.


Awarded every two years, this prize is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. With a singular focus on student success, it highlights institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high-levels of access and success for students of color and low-income students.


LC was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes.


This very exclusive recognition involves a rigorous selection process by the College Excellence Program. The contenders cannot be recommended or self-nominated. Only the most prestigious two-year institutions in the nation are considered for this accolade.


Data shows that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.


The top ten finalists will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021.


This accomplishment is a direct reflection of the outstanding leadership and high academic standards at our institution.


Laredo College administrators and faculty understand that student-based practices and initiatives are essential in the success of our institution. Our focus remains in equipping our students with the knowledge and resources to succeed in their chosen field of work.