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Aspen Institute Names Lake Land College as a Top 150 U.S. Community College

Posted on November 5, 2019

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named Lake Land College as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation. This is the fourth time Lake Land College has received this recognition. Selection in the top 15% of community colleges in the nation is based on strong and improving student outcomes—in learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings and equity.

“This is quite a remarkable achievement for Lake Land College. Assisting students in reaching their goals is the anchor to all that we do at Lake Land College. We continuously evaluate programs and services and develop enhancements to create an excellent learning environment for our students. Receiving this honor from the Aspen Institute for the fourth time in less than a decade spotlights the outstanding collaboration and commitment our faculty, staff and trustees demonstrate on a daily basis,” Lake Land College President Josh Bullock said.

“The 150 community colleges named today were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students to as many as 75,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector,” the institute stated in a news release.    

Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.

“Community colleges play a vital role in developing talent and enabling social mobility across the country, and it’s critical for them to get better at what they do,” Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute college excellence program, said. “We’re pleased to see evidence that these institutions are improving, that more are delivering on their promise. We’re also pleased to play a role in honoring outstanding community colleges and sharing what works to ensure great outcomes for students—through graduation and beyond.”

For more information, visit aspeninstitute.org.

To learn more about Lake Land College visit lakelandcollege.edu.

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