TJC named one of top 150 community colleges in the nation

Feb 29, 2016 by

Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Tyler Junior College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million dollars in prize funds, as well as Siemens Technical Scholars Program
student scholarships.

The Aspen Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and access and success for minority and low-income students.

Tyler Junior College and 149 other community colleges were selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in
three areas:

• Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)

• Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)

• Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students)

Tyler Junior College will apply for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence containing detailed data on degree and certificate completion (including progress and transfer rates), labor market outcomes (employment and earnings), and student learning outcomes.

Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize-winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said, “I have long felt that Tyler Junior College is among the finest two-year institutions in the country. It is gratifying and rewarding for our employees and students to learn that a prestigious, independent organization like the Aspen Institute finds excellence at our college as well.”

A full list of the selected colleges and details on the selection process are available at



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