Valencia nominated for $1 million prize

By Linda Shrieves Beaty
Valencia College

Valencia College has been named a finalist in a prestigious $1 million prize to recognize the nation’s most innovative and effective community colleges.

“The Aspen Prize is a brand new recognition of the best in community college teaching and learning in America,” said Valencia College president Dr. Sanford Shugart. “Being nominated for the Aspen Prize is like making it to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament. It means you’re in the best company professionally in the business and we’re delighted to be there.”

At Valencia, the nomination for the Aspen Prize is the culmination of more than a decade of innovation aimed at increasing access to college, improving graduation rates — and helping all students succeed.