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Chemeketa eligible for Aspen Prize

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa invited to apply for Aspen PrizeEvery two years, the Aspen Institute evaluates nearly 1,000 community colleges in the U.S. to recognize high performing institutions. This year, Chemeketa Community College is on the Institute’s list of 150 colleges eligible for the Aspen Prize. Chemeketa is the sole community college from Oregon in consideration for this prize.

The Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature indicator of community college achievement. To do its assessment, the Aspen Institute convenes a panel of education experts and uses nationally available data on institutional performance, improvement and equity in student retention and completion.

“We appreciate the recognition given our effective work in student success,” said Chemeketa president Julie Huckestein.

Chemeketa plans to accept the Aspen Institute’s invitation to apply for the prize. The college will provide additional qualitative and quantitative information, including institutional data on completion, labor market outcomes, and learning assessment, as well as describing how Chemeketa has achieved and improved student outcomes. The Aspen Prize selection committee will select 10 finalists for site visits and further review. The finalist awarded the Aspen Prize will receive $1 million.

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