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Joshua Wyner
Joshua Wyner is the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, which aims to strengthen practice and develop leadership that substantially improve college student success.

Started in early 2011, the Program's first two initiatives are the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, which strives to reward and shine a spotlight on community colleges that deliver exceptional student results and stimulate replication of successful campus practices and New College Leadership Project, which works to strengthen efforts to recruit and train college presidents who are driven by - and capable of - substantially improving student success.

Josh has spent 16 years as a nonprofit leader, initiating organizations aimed at improving educational outcomes and urban policy. From 2001-2009, Josh led the design and implementation of programs as Executive Vice President of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. There, he established national scholarship and grant-making programs for - and conducted original research about - high-achieving low-income students from elementary through graduate school. From 1995 to 2001, Josh was founding Executive Director of the DC Appleseed Center, which analyzes and actively seeks to resolve problems affecting the daily lives of those who live and work in the Washington, DC area. During his tenure, DC Appleseed led successful efforts to resolve Washington, DC's $5 billion unfunded pension liability and alter the structure of the DC Board of Education.

Josh spent his early career as an organizer and policy analyst with Citizen Action, a program evaluator at the US Government Accountability Office, and an attorney with Beveridge & Diamond. He has a B.A. in History from Vassar College, holds a Master's in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and is a cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law.

Entries by Joshua Wyner

Redefining Community College Excellence

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 4:51 PM

Nearly half of all U.S. undergraduates are enrolled in community colleges. As a nation, we must both support these institutions and challenge them to improve their record of student success if community colleges are to fulfill their potential as drivers of economic growth and social mobility.


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A Certain Path to Diversity (With or Without Affirmative Action)

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:14 PM

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that states can ban racial preferences in admissions to public colleges and universities, it's possible that the days of affirmative action are numbered. In states that ban race-based admissions, selective colleges can still recruit and accept more low-income students as a way to...

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What Can MOOCs Do for American Higher Education?

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:44 PM

MOOCs--that is, massively open online courses--are only two years old. But many thought leaders are already suggesting that these free classes, which are being produced largely by elite U.S. colleges and universities, can dramatically increase access to a high quality college education domestically and abroad.


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Aligning Higher Education Outcomes With Job Availability

(7) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 4:31 PM

For all their differences, both President Obama and Republican Senator Marco Rubio agreed on one thing last Tuesday night: the growth of the middle class and economic recovery in this country are intrinsically linked, and higher education and job training offer the keys to the middle class. You've probably heard...

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