Southeast Community College is among 150 community colleges
nationwide, and the only one from Nebraska, to make the Aspen Prize
for Community College Excellence list.
Aspen recently released the list that includes colleges from 37
states. All have demonstrated strong outcomes in three areas of
student success: rate of students' persistence, completion and
transfer; consistent improvement in outcomes over time; and equity
in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic
Dr. Jack Huck, SCC president, said he was pleased to be among
the top 15 percent (approximately) of 1,005 potential candidates in
"In 2011 and 2012, Aspen listed Southeast Community College in
the top tier of community colleges in the nation," Huck said. "This
is another outstanding achievement for the College. We are very
proud of the fact that we provide our students with the tools
necessary to be successful."
Huck said that success is defined in numerous ways since
students arrive at SCC with goals specific to their needs.
"Not every student who enrolls at SCC has a goal of obtaining a
degree," he said. "Many take classes and transfer those credits to
a four-year institution. Some students improve their skills and get
hired before they graduate."
The Round 1 Eligibility Model was developed by the National
Center for Higher Education Management Systems, in consultation
with the Aspen Prize's Data and Metrics Advisory Panel. It also
used publicly available data from the National Center for Education
Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the
U.S. Census Bureau. The model is based on institutional performance
in three areas of student success stated above.
A detailed technical description of how Round 1 eligibility was
determined can be found at: http://bit.ly/1f7y6rB.
Ten finalists will be broadly publicized in fall 2014, and the
winner will be announced in early 2015.