Road to Aspen

Road to Aspen




Odessa College has been selected as a Top Ten Finalist for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Grand Prize winner of the Aspen Prize will be announced in April, 2019. Historically, the college which receives the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is acknowledged as the top community college in the United States. Odessa College was previously selected as an Aspen Rising Star Award winner in 2017, an achievement which placed OC in the top four community colleges in the nation. 

The Aspen Prize recognizes outstanding institutions selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 public community colleges nationwide. With a particularly tight focus on student success, the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program assesses community colleges’ performance and achievements in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings for graduates, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

“Odessa College has made dramatic improvements in student success over the past several years,” said Joshua Wyner, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program in Washington, D.C. “Using an innovative model of eight-week semesters, which allow students to focus and tailor their education to their busy schedules, Odessa College has increased enrollment, graduation rates, and financial aid awards.”




ODESSA September 13, 2016 – Odessa College was named today as one of just 10 national finalists for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, an award which is recognized among American institutions of higher education as the most prestigious and elevated affirmation of high achievement and exemplary performance that a community college can receive. Read more...

Washington, DC, March 14, 2017 – A finalist for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Odessa College in Odessa, Texas was recognized today with a Rising Star awards for improving student completion. Read more...

Washington, D.C., May 15, 2018 – Texas’ Odessa College was named today as one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. Read more...

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