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Broward College Named Among Top Ten College Finalists Nationwide in Aspen Prize

Published Monday, September 10, 2012 7:00 am
by J. David Armstrong, Jr.
Broward College was named one of the ten finalist community colleges for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which recognizes the most institutions for achievements in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree and college completion, labor market success in students securing jobs after college, and minority and low-income student success. Broward College now enters the last stage of the competition for a piece of the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March.  
“Broward College is at the forefront of preparing a diverse student body for jobs in today’s knowledge-based economy,” said Josh Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program. “Broward has proven itself a vital part of the efforts Fort Lauderdale and the state of Florida to rebuild economically in an era of constricted state budgets.”
Broward College stands out for its dedication to student success, having shown a focused approach to student engagement that has manifested itself in a variety of programs including unprecedented increases institutionally in the retention of students enrolled in peer mentoring programs and in holistically advised students. Broward College has now twice been recognized by the Aspen Institute as being in the top 10 percent of community colleges in America. The Aspen Prize is considered the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.
“It is an honor when the hard work of our faculty, staff and students is acknowledged, especially by such a prestigious organization,” said Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. “At our core, we are dedicated to connecting with our students, challenging them to succeed and helping them complete their educational goals.”
The ten community colleges selected to be finalists today were Brazosport College, Lake Jackson, TX;  Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, FL; College of the Ouachitas, Malvern, AR; Kingsborough Community College - CUNY, Brooklyn, NY; Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD; Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA; Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL; Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Cumberland, KY; Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, WA; West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah, KY.
The grand prize winner and finalists-with-distinction will be selected by a distinguished Prize Jury co-chaired by John Engler, president of The Business Roundtable and former Governor of Michigan, and Richard Riley, former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education. Offering the lowest cost for higher education in South Florida, Broward College, like most community colleges, provides a quality option in higher education for millions of people throughout the state and the country.