The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today recognized Cypress College as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College. Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling shared these comments about the prestigious recognition:
“Today, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced that Cypress College is an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College. This, alone, is an impressive milestone for all of us here. This means we are now also eligible to compete for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in shared prize funds — ‘basically the Oscars for great community colleges,’ as President Obama put it.
We are truly proud of, and humbled by, this honor because it recognizes the great work, vision, and shared journey that every employee here at Cypress College has embraced. It affirms that student success is part of our campus culture and that our commitment to equity is enduring. Being recognized by the esteemed and highly regarded Aspen Institute speaks to a collective commitment at Cypress College to serve our students with an unapologetic and unrelenting effort to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to reach their goals.”
This news comes just one day after Cypress College was recognized by the Campaign for College Opportunity as one of their 2021 Equity Champions of Higher Education. I hope all of our employees pause a moment to reflect on how their commitment, dedication, and hard work are making a difference in the lives of our students.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are now offered both in person on campus and in an online/remote format. Students can access support services online at http://cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus.