A national recognition program honoring student success
The defining characteristic of institutional excellence in higher education has become student success.
Not long ago, student success was considered to be the student’s responsibility. To the degree it was measured at all, student success was discussed in terms of graduation rate and gainful employment, but even those statistics were rarely reported.
Today, student success is seen by higher ed leaders across the country as the key to their institution’s success. Now, higher ed leadership is being held accountable for student success—by students, parents, publications that rank colleges and, perhaps soon, the federal government.
So college and university leaders are recognizing that striving for institutional excellence requires taking a fresh look at student success. They are seeking better ways to define student success, to assess it and to improve it. And they’re looking to their peers for ideas, solutions and models.
This is why University Business magazine, in partnership with CASHNet, has introduced Models of Excellence. This national recognition program honors colleges and universities that have implemented innovative, effective and inter-departmental initiatives that are bolstering student success.
Improving academic outcomes is just one category that our judges will look at in Models of Excellence. We’ll also recognize programs that consider 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 guidance
- Life skills attainment
If you have implemented a student success initiative that’s getting results—especially one that involves two or more departments—tell us about it by applying for a Models of Excellence award. Three times a year (in April, August, and December) we’ll honor the best of these initiatives in University Business magazine, giving valuable recognition to leading schools and helping to spread the word about what excellence in higher education really means.
Application deadline for the Winter round is September 1, 2016.