What is ACE?

The Academy for College Excellence sees community colleges as engines of progress and prosperity in communities. To help community colleges adapt and live up to this role, we offer ideas and tools to transform the education experience for community college students, instructors, staff and administrators.  We help community colleges better serve the struggling-but-strong students now coming in search of a pathway toward upward mobility. Learn more...


ACE is a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). As fiscal sponsor, RPA provides ACE with its 501(c)3 tax-exempt status and facilitates the charitable purposes of ACE by providing a broad range of operating services.


Our Mission

To give underprepared community college students the opportunity to better their lives by helping them develop the academic qualifications, professional skills, and personal attributes necessary to succeed.

To “bridge” students into regular community college courses via one full-time, semester-long transformative learning environment focused on academics and self-efficacy.

To increase the number of students who emerge from community college prepared for a knowledge-work professional career with a future.

Our Vision

To partner with community colleges across the nation, serving underprepared students with a wide range of developmental needs to increase their certificate, degree, and transfer completion rates.