Community College Leaders Named Aspen Presidential Fellows: Many From ATD Network Colleges

The Aspen Institute announced its 2017-2018 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. Forty leaders from 38 community colleges in 24 states will begin a year-long fellowship in July. More than 40 percent of the Fellows are from colleges that are part of the Achieving the Dream Network.

The Aspen program was developed by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative and top community college leaders and reflects a new vision for leadership that focuses on delivering strong student outcomes in four areas:

  1. learning,
  2. completion while in community college and of bachelor’s degrees after transfer,
  3. employment and earnings after graduation, and
  4. equitable access and success for underrepresented minority and low-income students.

“Fulfilling community colleges’ promise to strengthen the American economy, rebuild the middle class, and create opportunity for all students to achieve their goals takes exceptional leadership in these challenging times,” said Dr. Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream. “I’m so pleased that this class of Aspen Fellows–many of whom come from Achieving the Dream institutions–will have an amazing opportunity to hone the skills that will help them become the leaders our colleges need.”

Learn more about all of the 2017-2018 Fellows here.

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