Daytona State College Deltona campusPHOTO COURTESY DAYTONA STATE COLLEGE

The Aspen Institute recently named Daytona State College one of the 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.

It’s the fifth time DSC has been eligible since the competition’s inception.

The 150 eligible colleges have been invited to submit data and narratives as the next steps in an extensive data and practice review process, culminating in the announcement of the prizewinner in 2023.

The colleges selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success, as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds.

The Aspen Prize is awarded every two years. Since 2010, Aspen has chosen to focus intensively on community colleges because they are — as first lady Dr. Jill Biden stated at the 2021 Aspen Prize ceremony — “a powerful engine of prosperity.”

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— Compiled by Business Editor Joe Crews


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