SPRING HILL - Pasco-Hernando State College is one of 15 Florida College System institutions eligible to compete for the prestigious Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, according to Florida Department of Education.
Nationwide, PHSC is among the top 150 community colleges in the nation competing for the award.
Finalists are selected by the Aspen Institute based on exceptional levels of student success, and winners of the 2015 Aspen Prize will be announced in early 2015, according to the institute.
The Aspen Institute reviews publicly available data to determine which community colleges demonstrate student success in three areas: student persistence, completion and transfer; gains in outcomes over time; and equity in outcomes for underserved students.
"I am proud so many of our colleges are eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize," said Florida College System Chancellor Randy Hanna. "The Aspen Prize spotlights the excellent work being done by our colleges to ensure every student receives a high-quality education."
The other 14 Florida colleges eligible for the 2015 prize are: Broward College, Chipola College, Eastern Florida State College, Edison State College, Indian River State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Miami Dade College, Northwest Florida State College, Palm Beach State College, Santa Fe College, South Florida State College, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Tallahassee Community College, and Valencia College.
Valencia College won the inaugural prize in 2011 and two Florida colleges - Broward College and Santa Fe College - were named to the top 10 in 2013, according to FDOE.