A national recognition program honoring student success

Models of Excellence was a University Business recognition program that ran from 2015 to 2017. While colleges may no longer apply for an award, we invite you to browse and be inspired to model the many programs we have honored.

Models of Excellence was created in response to higher ed leaders across the country recognizing that striving for institutional excellence requires taking a fresh look at student success. Administrators seek better ways to define student success, to assess it and to improve it. And they look to their peers for ideas, solutions and models.

Our national recognition program honored colleges and universities that have implemented innovative, effective and inter-departmental initiatives bolstering student success.

Improving academic outcomes was just one category our judges looked at in Models of Excellence. We also recognized programs that considered other aspects of student success, including:

  • Expanding college access
  • Improving retention
  • Financial literacy/responsibility
  • Adjustment to college life
  • Engagement with campus life
  • Boosting graduation rates
  • Career preparation and guidanceLife skills attainment

2017 Honorees

Teachers for Tomorrow

McDaniel College
FUTURE EDUCATOR—Nicolette Brookman is in the inaugural class of 11 Howard County students receiving  Teachers for Tomorrow scholarships. Like her peers, she has committed to working in the local school district post-graduation.

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.


Central Georgia Technical College

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.

Metropolitan College

University of Louisville

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

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

Excellence at 7220

University of Wyoming

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

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

Villanova University

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.

The Models of Excellence recognition program is brought to you by University Business.