OSU-OKC in the run­ning for pres­ti­gious prize

The Oklahoman - - NEWS -

Ok­la­homa State Univer­sity-Ok­la­homa City (OSU-OKC) is among Amer­ica’s top 150 com­mu­nity col­leges el­i­gi­ble to com­pete for the pres­ti­gious $1 mil­lion Aspen Prize for Com­mu­nity Col­lege Ex­cel­lence.

The Aspen In­sti­tute Col­lege Ex­cel­lence Pro­gram re­leased the names of the el­i­gi­ble col­leges Wed­nes­day from a pool of nearly 1,000 two-year col­leges na­tion­wide. The only other Ok­la­homa school that made the list is Carl Al­bert State Col­lege, with cam­puses in Poteau and Sal­li­saw.

OSU-OKC Pres­i­dent Natalie Shirley said be­ing rec­og­nized as a con­tender for the Aspen Prize is the re­al­iza­tion of a five-year goal.

“We have been in­ten­tional about cre­at­ing ini­tia­tives that have more than dou­bled our grad­u­a­tion rate over the past five years and in­creased stu­dent re­ten­tion by 10 per­cent­age points, which mean brighter fu­tures and more earn­ing power for our stu­dents,” Shirley said a news re­lease.

The 10 fi­nal­ists for the 2019 Aspen Prize will be named in May. Fol­low­ing site vists, the grand prize win­ner, fi­nal­ist (s) with dis­tinc­tion, and ris­ing star (s) will be named in spring 2019.

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