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Models of Excellence

Teachers for Tomorrow

McDaniel College partnered last year with the Howard County Public School System on an innovative initiative to train educators and employ them in the Maryland district’s classrooms.

Metropolitan College

University of Louisville, Jefferson Community and Technical College, the city of Louisville and the state of Kentucky developed an innovative education initiative to keep UPS in town.

Keys to Degrees

Endicott College recognized that earning a college degree is a challenge many young, single parents simply cannot overcome without support.

Excellence at 7220

The University of Wyoming’s Excellence at 7220 provides student-athletes with training in three key concepts: leadership, wellness and life skills.

BlendFlex

BlendFlex learning, a new course delivery model at Central Georgia Technical College, allows students to shift delivery modes—from in-class to online and vice versa—at any given time during the semester.

A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Program

After realizing students were having difficulties in and outside the classroom, campus leaders at Villanova University took a more broad-based approach and implemented a retention program.

Fit for the World Program

While many colleges and universities have rolled out career readiness programs to help graduates make the leap to professional employment, Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania has taken the extra step of embedding career prep into its academic program.

Fit for the World, a four-year career readiness program, blends personalized career prep work within a liberal arts education, says Renée Starek, director of Seton Hill’s career and professional development center.

Ichabod Success Institute

Two years—not a few weeks during the summer prior to freshman year; not their first semester. Two years.

Unlike many bridge programs, the Ichabod Success Institute (ISI) at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, supports first-generation, low-socioeconomic-status students from their first few pre-college days through their sophomore year.

Educational Success Program

Admitting one needs a summer bridge program to ease the transition from high school to college is not typically a point of pride.

Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership

Philanthropist Vira I. Heinz, the first female board member of a multinational corporation and recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Pittsburgh, recognized “the transformational impact of international travel,” says Sarah Wagner, director of the women’s leadership program at the university that’s named after Heinz.

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