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Twenty-five community colleges from across the nation have been named finalists in a new national program designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges.
The Awards of Excellence is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), which established the program to align with key recommendations of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, a blue-ribbon group that issued its findings last spring.
Awards will be given in five categories:
The finalists and the winner in each category will be honored April 23 during the closing plenary brunch of the 2013 AACC Convention in San Francisco.
Be sure to catch other highlights at the annual AACC convention April 20-23 in San Francisco.
“Over an 18-month period, the 21st-Century Commission provided a bold and forward-thinking blueprint for the community college of the future,” said Marie Foster Gnage, chair of the AACC board of directors. “With these new awards, AACC intends to elevate community colleges that are in the vanguard of progressive practices. The awardees will receive national visibility, but the spotlight on their exemplary practices will ultimately benefit all community colleges.”
Finalists for the AACC Awards of Excellence were chosen by a specially-appointed committee of the AACC board of directors based on specific and measurable criteria.
The 2013 AACC Awards of Excellence finalists include:
Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership
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