Ridgewater College was named the 41st top community college in the nation out of 1,655 colleges by the Washington Monthly in August of 2013. Entering into 2014, Ridgewater College has been selected as one of 150 community colleges in the nation that have been determined eligible to apply for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
“I am extremely proud of Ridgewater College’s faculty, staff and administration who are all working hard to provide exemplary education for our students,” said College President Douglas Allen. “It is great to have the hard work acknowledged on a national scale.”
For the Aspen Prize,Ridgewater College was selected by an expert panel through an assessment of institutional performance based upon exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.
The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. By focusing on student success and lifting up models that work, the Aspen Prize honors excellence, stimulates innovation, and creates benchmarks for measuring progress.
Ridgewater College is in the process of completing a follow-up application for the Aspen Prize. Based upon applications submitted, 10 community colleges will be selected to advance to the next round of competition with site visits being conducted in the fall of 2014.