Source: Diverse Education
Author: Arrman Kyaw
San Antonio College (SAC) was selected as the winner of the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The announcement came during a virtual award ceremony on May 18.
“San Antonio College, one of five colleges in the Alamo College District, is laser-focused on serving students from its immediate environment, an area that is predominantly low income with low rates of degree attainment and high rates of unemployment,” said Ruth Williams-Brinkley, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States and Aspen Prize jury co-chair. “Two-thirds of students are Hispanic, Black or Native American. Leaders, faculty and staff have a shared sense of urgency for improvement. They have a commitment to evidence-based inquiry and accountability, and a common understanding that everyone in the community is responsible for students’ wellbeing inside and outside the classroom.”
Broward College, San Jacinto College and West Kentucky Community and Technical College were given Finalist with Distinction awards. And Amarillo College was given the Rising Star award.
SAC will receive $600,000, with the other four schools each getting $100,000. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence award is given every two years.
Read the full article at Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.