We’re Top 5 in the Nation!
San Jacinto College has again been named one of the nation’s top community colleges. As a Finalist with Distinction for The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, awarded every two years by The Aspen Institute, San Jacinto College has again landed among the best of the best out of more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide. The exciting announcement was made May 18, 2021, via The Aspen Institute’s livestreamed award ceremony.
This was the third consecutive time San Jacinto College was named as a finalist for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. On June 9, 2020, the Aspen Institute named San Jacinto College as one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation, out of more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide.
“It is again an honor to be recognized by the Aspen Institute for the incredible work being done at San Jacinto College to help our students reach their educational goals. This recognition is due to the dedication of our Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff to ensure that all of our students have the resources they need and well-planned educational pathways to complete their certificates or degrees. On behalf of everyone at San Jacinto College, I thank the Aspen Institute for this amazing honor.”
Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College
Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions that achieve strong student outcomes across four key areas:
- Teaching and learning
- Degree completion and successful transfer to four-year institutions
- Success in the workforce
- Equitable outcomes for diverse student groups
In 2017, San Jacinto College earned the Aspen Rising Star Award; and in 2019, the Aspen Institute named San Jacinto College as one of the top 10 community colleges in the country.
“San Jacinto College is always improving. The college has comprehensively restructured its systems to align everything to students’ success, from before they enroll until they complete a degree. The college is also especially effective in building relationships with employers to deliver what the community needs to thrive and ensuring that graduates succeed in the workforce.”
Joshua Wyner, Executive Director, Aspen Institute College Excellence Program