The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program recently named Northwood Technical College as one of 150 top community colleges eligible to apply for the prestigious 2023 Aspen Award. Northwood Tech will be eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s esteemed award in recognition of high attainment, performance, and outcome standards among America's community colleges.

Northwood Tech was previously listed in the top 150 U.S. Community Colleges eligible for the 2021 Aspen Award. Regarding accolades and recognition on a national level, Northwood Tech President John Will stated, “National recognitions are a positive reflection of the dedication and commitment of our employees to our students. We’re proud to provide Northwest Wisconsin residents with high quality programming and that result is exceptional employment outcomes.”

The evaluation process to award the Aspen Prize is carried out by the College Excellence Program through a rigorous two-year-long assessment of quantitative data, feedback from stakeholders at each campus, and evaluation of the comprehensive applications submitted by colleges. Aspen and higher education experts analyze evidence for each college based on student outcomes in each area of education and learning, graduation rates, graduate employability and earnings, and equity.

To be selected as part of the 150 colleges eligible to compete for the 2023 Aspen Award, data from each college is collected and analyzed from approximately 1,000 public two-year colleges. These collegiate populations consist of as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students located in urban, rural and suburban areas across the nation. The 150 colleges are then whittled down to 10 finalists from which the top college is selected as the winner.

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A nationally top-ranked college and a designated 2021-22 Military Friendly® School, Northwood Tech serves the educational and career needs of more than 15,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, Northwood Tech offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. Northwood Tech is a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, call 800.243.9482 or visit Northwood Technical College is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.

Last Update: Jan 21, 2022 4:02 pm CST

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