Santa Fe College was named one of the top 10 community colleges in the nation for the second consecutive year. Along with this recognition, the college has also been named a finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence award.
The Aspen Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based organization whose mission is to foster leadership in education. The Excellence Award is based off of students’ achievement in learning, completion, labor market outcome and access and success of minority and low-income students. If Santa Fe wins the Community College Excellence award, the college will win $1 million.
Being ranked in the top 10 in the United States is a cause for celebration for everyone in the college and community, said Santa Fe College President Jackson Sasser. Santa Fe’s selection in the top 10 for a total of four years continues to attract national and international students. Sasser said the college would use the $1 million to reinvest in programs that promote student success and job placement.
A team from the Aspen Institute will conduct a two-day visit to each of the finalists’ campuses to collect data to determine the winner. The team will consist of three experts and one Aspen team member who will then give the data to Aspen’s Finalist Selection Committee. The two-day visit will include interviews with students about their experiences at the college. Santa Fe’s overall student success and 70 percent acceptance rate into the University of Florida are some of the reasons Santa Fe stood out to Aspen. Florida also is home to Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, another finalist for the Aspen Prize. We couldn't be more thrilled to hear such great news and can't wait to celebrate continued success for Santa Fe!