The Contest for Top Spot
Now that the top 10% college list has been completed, the Aspen Institute hopes to continue the process by choosing 10 colleges out of the original 120. From the list of 10, the organization will select a single, top-performing school to award a $1 million for excellence in school performance. According to the Aspen Institute's website, the purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of the value of community colleges, as well as reward those institutions that are committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence in their educational pursuits.
- School Performance (including retention, graduation rates, transfers, degree and certificate completion)
- School Improvement (primarily looked at improvement of completion rates over time)
- Equity (considered completion outcomes for disabled students at each institution)