For the second consecutive time, Cedar Valley College is one of 150 community colleges nationwide to be invited by the Aspen Institute to apply for the prestigious Aspen Prize. A national award that recognizes community college excellence, the top prize amounts to $1 million in funding.
North Lake College also received a second invitation to apply for the award, which is presented every two years. Colleges in the competition submitted Round 2 applications by March 4.
"It's a very involved application," said Henry Martinez, director of marketing and public relations at Cedar Valley College."It
asks for data-driven outcomes in four key areas: completion, labor market,
learning, and equity. The challenge is communicating everything you want within
the strict word-count limits of the application. You have to say more with
Martinez was tasked to write the application with assistance from a dedicated CVC committee.
Aspen Prize - The Results
The award process will continue over the summer, with follow up screening calls from the Aspen Institute as needed. In August 10 finalist colleges will be announced. Those making the top 10 will have on-site visits scheduled in the fall. The Aspen Prize winner will be announced in March 2017.
"Looking at the amount of time the Apsen Institute spends in reviewing the applications, you know the selection process is detailed and stringent," explains Martinez.
"We're happy with the application we've submitted and certainly hope for a
positive outcome. Best wishes to North Lake and the other 148 colleges in the
competition. The Aspen Prize truly promotes community college excellence, and we
are very pleased to be involved."