A Snapshot of
As state and federal budgets dwindle, donations
and foundation support are more important than ever
Two institutions share Aspen
Institute’s annual prize for
community college excellence
BY COREY MURRAY
U.S. community colleges raised nearly $640 million in
private fundraising in 2011, according to the most recent IRS
figures. That might sound like a lot of money. But a recent
report by William Crowe, senior public service faculty member
at the University of Georgia and former president of Tyler Junior
College in Texas, says colleges have to do more—potentially much
more—if they want to offset the pain of state and federal budget
cuts. For more, visit Communit College Times at http://bit.ly/YZ8jz2.
Average Community College Foundation Assets
Average Amount Raised by Community Colleges
Total Assets in Community College Foundations
Total Amount Raised by Community Colleges
Santa Barbara City College in California
and Walla Walla Community College in
Washington were named co-winners of the
Aspen Institute’s prestigious annual Prize for
Community College Excellence. The winners
will each receive $400,000 to support programs
at their colleges. Two finalist colleges—Kings-
borough Community College in Brooklyn, N. Y.,
and Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown,
S.D.—will receive $100,000 each.
Source: William Crowe, “A National Study of Private Support for America’s Two-Year Colleges,” 2013/IRS 2011 filings
The winners were announced March 19 at a ceremony
in Washington, D.C.
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“Santa Barbara City College and Walla Walla Community College offer outstanding models for achieving
exceptional levels of student success at a time when
our nation needs community colleges to do even more
than they have in the past,” said Josh Wyner, executive
director of the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence
Program, in a statement.
The colleges were selected for their ability to
improve transfer rates through rigorous coursework and
match educational offerings with opportunities in the
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The winners were chosen from a pool of more than
1,000 public community colleges. The other six finalists
for this year’s prize include Brazosport College in Lake
Jackson, Texas; Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.;
College of the Ouachitas in Malvern, Ark.; Santa Fe
College in Gainesville, Fla.; Southeast Kentucky
Community and Technical College; and West Kentucky
Community and Technical College.