NWLTC recognized by Aspen Institute as one of the top two-year colleges in the nation

MINDEN, Louisiana, January 23,2014—Northwest Louisiana Technical College (NWLTC) has been named eligible for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.
Selected from an original pool of more than 1,000 community colleges, NWLTC was one of three Louisiana colleges; the other two were South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette and SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles.
The Aspen Prize recognizes the most outstanding two-year institutions in the nation for achievements in four areas: student learning outcomes, degree and college completion, labor market success in students securing jobs after college, and minority and low-income student success.
“Our entire college community is delighted with this news and takes tremendous pride in this recognition,” said NWLTC Interim Director Dr. Rick Bateman.  “This honor clearly demonstrates that we rank among the best community colleges in the nation. It also reaffirms that we are achieving our mission to train skilled technicians who are placed in high wage jobs.”

Colleges selected will now compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well their students learn, complete degrees, and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating.

Colleges were evaluated through a comprehensive review of publicly available data that measured their performance in graduation rates, degrees and certificates awarded, student retention, and student learning outcomes.

The purpose of the Aspen Prize is to recognize community colleges with outstanding academic and workforce outcomes in both absolute performance and improvements over time. By focusing on student success and lifting up models that work, the Aspen prize honors excellence, stimulates innovation, and creates benchmarks for measuring progress.

The 150 community colleges selected in this first round of eligibility for the Aspen Prize are now invited to submit an application containing detailed information regarding degree and certificate completion rates, labor market outcomes, and student learning outcomes. Those schools that best demonstrate that they use data to drive decisions, that they deliver exceptional student results, and that they are continually improving over time will be named the finalists.

The winner of the million dollar prize will be announced in March of 2015.

For more information on the Aspen Prize and the process used to select competitors for it, go to www.aspenprize.org.

Founded in 1936, Northwest Louisiana Technical College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The main campus is located in Minden and other campuses operate in Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches, and Shreveport. For more information about NWLTC and its programs, visit www.nwltc.edu or contact Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. at: rickbateman@nwltc.edu.


Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Ph.D.
Interim Director, NWLTC