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Aspen Names CVCC Top 150 College

Catawba Valley Community College was named one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.


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CVCC was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize. It is one of only two colleges in North Carolina to be selected.

“If higher education continues to do things the way they were done even five to ten years ago, we run the risk of becoming obsolete,” said CVCC President Dr. Garrett D. Hinshaw. “Rejecting the status quo has been the driver for CVCC the past 11 years. The Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College designation validates the innovative spirit that drives our faculty and staff and our entire college.” 

Awarded every two years since 2011, the Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

CVCC will move forward to the next round of the competition for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by submitting an application to be reviewed through a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top ten Aspen Prize finalists list. Top ten finalists will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.

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