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News: Roane State eligible to compete for prestigious Aspen Prize

News: Roane State eligible to compete for prestigious Aspen Prize

Dec. 19, 2017

Roane State Community College officials will learn in May if the college is among 10 finalists for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, among the nation’s most prestigious awards for community colleges.

Roane State is among only 150 community colleges nationwide eligible to compete to become a finalist. The college was selected from a pool of approximately 1,000 two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes.

After a rigorous application process, the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2018. Aspen Institute officials will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional data. A distinguished prize jury will select a grand prize winner, finalists with distinction, and rising stars in spring 2019.

“We are honored to be among 150 community colleges eligible for the Apsen Prize,” Roane State President Dr. Chris Whaley said. “Our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly on several student success initiatives, and I am very proud of their efforts.”

Roane State offers various student success initiatives that help students stay on track.

Roane State success outcomes have included a 65 percent persistence rate for Tennessee Promise students, the best among Tennessee’s 13 community colleges. The college leads state community colleges in awards per FTE -- a measure of efficiency in progressing students to graduation – and the college is third in freshman-to-sophomore retention.

The 2019 Aspen Prize is funded by the Joyce Foundation and the Siemens Foundation. The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

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