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President Meghan Hughes selected for Aspen Presidential Fellowship inaugural class

April 7, 2016

Dr. Meghan Hughes Dr. Meghan Hughes

The Aspen Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based educational and policy studies organization, announced today that Dr. Meghan Hughes, president of the Community College of Rhode Island, has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

She joins the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows, a diverse group of 40 extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success. Increasing numbers of students are flocking to community colleges to earn degrees that lead to successful transfer to four year institutions and good jobs, but too few actually graduate.

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence aims to equip college leaders with the tools they need to dramatically improve student outcomes. The fellowship is a highly selective yearlong program to prepare leaders who recently have been appointed or are aspiring to a community college presidency. Fellows will participate in a series of innovative seminars and ongoing mentorship focused on a new vision for leadership, delivered in collaboration with Stanford University faculty and top community college leaders.

“I am committed to delivering significantly better outcomes, particularly in the areas of persistence, completion and transfer,” Hughes said. “I am honored to have been selected and excited for the opportunity to partner with mission-driven peers nationally to share best practices as we work together with the common goal of helping our students succeed.”

Hughes was selected following a rigorous process because of her investment in students, willingness to take strategic risks, her ability to lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and her focus on results-oriented improvements in student success and access. The 2016-17 Aspen Presidential Fellows hail from 17 states and 30 community colleges of varying sizes and will begin their program in July at Stanford University with anticipated completion in spring 2017.

The Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence is funded by the Carnegie Corp. of New York, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, ECMC Foundation, Greater Texas Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Kresge Foundation. 


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