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Eugenio María de Hostos Community College has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2023 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The $1 Million prize is awarded every two years and is the nation’s signature recognition for America’s community colleges.
Hostos was informed in late April that it had been selected as one of 25 semi-finalists for the Prize. Hostos was one of 150 community colleges across the country invited to compete for the 2023 prize based on performance in student outcomes and improvement over time.
“This is absolutely splendid news,” said Hostos President Daisy Cocco De Filippis. “To see the College’s achievements recognized in this fashion is a source of pride that everyone at Hostos shares – and is, indeed, responsible for. It is the combined efforts of faculty, students, and staff that has placed us among the top ten finalists.”
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, the Aspen Institute aims to advance higher education practices and leadership that significantly improve student learning, completion, and employment after college – especially for the growing population of students of color and low-income students on American campuses.
The Aspen Prize honors colleges with outstanding achievement in five critical areas: teaching and learning, certificate and degree completion, transfer and bachelor’s attainment, workforce success, and equity for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. By focusing on student success and lifting up models that work, the Aspen Prize aims to celebrate excellence, advance a focus on equitable student success, and stimulate replication of effective culture and practice. 
“This is a great honor for Hostos and the other finalists,” said President Cocco De Filippis. “In our different ways, we all pursue the same goal:  providing our students and their communities with the very best education possible. Three cheers for all the finalists!”
The Aspen Institute will announce the winner in the spring of 2023. Read the full press release here.
About Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change, transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. Hostos serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, and a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "student success coach" program, which partners students with individualized guidance, is emblematic of the premier emphasis on student support and services.

Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and 2 certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (HCAC) is one of the pre-eminent Latino arts centers of the northeast. The HCAC has distinguished itself for showcasing traditional art forms as well as emerging and internationally renowned artists.
Hostos Community College is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university serving more than 500,000 students at 25 colleges.