PHSC Eligible for $1 Million Aspen Institute Prize Fund
Pasco-Hernando State College recently was named as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program making it eligible to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Prize is awarded every two years and PHSC was selected as a top college in 2012 as well.
“We are pleased to be among the 150 community colleges in the United States and one of the 15 institutions within the Florida College System chosen to compete for the Aspen prize fund,” said PHSC President Katherine Johnson, Ed.D. “I am extremely proud that PHSC is recognized for its continued demonstration of student success in the areas of persistence, completion, and transfer; consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.”
“I am proud that so many of our colleges are eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize,” said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. “The Aspen Prize spotlights the excellent work being done by our colleges to ensure every student receives a high quality education.”
Some seven million students—youth and adult learners—enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges every year.
The top 150 colleges will compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well its students learn, complete degrees, and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating. A full list of the 150 community colleges is available at www.AspenCCPrize.org. Prize winners will be announced in early 2015.
For more information on the Aspen Institute, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.
For more information on Pasco-Hernando State College and its programs visit phsc.edu or call 1-855-NOW-PHSC.
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) serves the educational needs and interests of its community by awarding certificates, diplomas, associate and baccalaureate degrees. As a comprehensive, multi-campus learning-centered institution, PHSC utilizes various instructional modalities and support services. PHSC provides an accessible, diverse teaching and learning environment rich with opportunities for students to achieve academic success and cultural growth in a global society.