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Linn State selected as one of top 10% in the country

Earlier this week, the Aspen Institute selected Linn State Technical College as one of the 120 best community colleges in the nation. 

In its first step to identify the nation’s best community colleges and award $1 million in prize money, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program selected Linn State and 119 other community colleges in the nation, challenging each to compete for the prize funds to be announced in December 2011.

“It is an honor to be selected by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 120, two-year institutions in the nation,” said Linn State President Dr. Donald Claycomb.  “This ranking is a tribute to the faculty and staff at Linn State who continually deliver outstanding results.”

With this selection Linn State is eligible to submit an additional application for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.   Linn State must demonstrate that it delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions and uses that information to continually improve over time.

Linn State is ranked first in retention with fall-to-fall retention rate of 77% compared to other Missouri two-year public institutions.   The college also ranked first in graduation rates among Missouri two-year public institutions with a 60% graduation rate.  In recent years, Linn State has also been recognized by Community College Week as one of the 50 fastest growing public two year institutions in the nation.

Linn State and the other 119 community colleges will be narrowed to eight-to-ten finalists by September.  The Aspen Institute will conduct site visits to each of the finalists in the fall and based on the evidence will select a grand prize winner and two-to-three runners-up.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses.  The program promotes high standards for learning, college completion without delay and colleges serving as a training ground for jobs that pay competitive wages.

With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   LSTC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  LSTC has three locations in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.      

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