The Ohio State University at Newark

The Ohio State University at Newark Eligible for 2021 Aspen Prize

November 26, 2019

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named The Ohio State University at Newark as one of 150 higher education institutions eligible to compete for the prestigious $1 million Aspen Prize. With a singular focus on student success, the Aspen Prize highlights institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: student learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high-levels of access and success for students of color and low-income students.

A signature recognition of high achievement and educational performance, the Aspen Prize has traditionally been awarded for community college excellence. For the first time, the Aspen Prize has included selected four-year institutions in its current award cycle.

The 150 colleges named as eligible to compete for the 2021 prize were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the college sectors.

The top ten finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021.

For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions and to read more on the selection process, visit

The Aspen Prize is generously funded by ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation and Siemens Foundation. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes, especially for the growing population of low-income students and students of color on American campuses. For more information, visit

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service-learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.