Kennedy-King College Finalist for 2015 Aspen Prize

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[dropcap]K[/dropcap]ennedy-King College has been named one of ten finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s preeminent recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

Located in the heart of Chicago’s Englewood community, Kennedy-King is in the last stage of the competition for the $1 million prize fund that will be awarded in March 2015 in Washington, D.C. to the winner and up to four finalists-with-distinction.

Kennedy-King College has made significant improvements since the launch of City Colleges’ Reinvention initiative, a comprehensive reform effort Chancellor Hyman launched shortly after arriving in 2010 to revamp all aspects of City Colleges to ensure students’ success.

Since the launch of Reinvention at Kennedy-King College:

The college’s official graduation rate has more than tripled, increasing from 8 percent to 26 percent in Fiscal Year 2013.

Total number of degrees and certificates awarded increased by more than 75 percent to 1,164 in FY2013.

To learn more about Kennedy-King’s success, check out its scorecard or read last week’s article in Community College Week. To learn more about the biennial Aspen Prize, visit .

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