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Awards and Recognition

Student Affairs and Academic Support programs and initiatives are consistently recognized as national, regional and state models of excellence.

2016 Awards

Top School, Military Advanced Education & Transition

The University of South Carolina has been chosen as a top school in the 2017 Military Advanced Education & Transition Guide to Colleges & Universities research study. This award recognizes institutions with the very best practices in military- and veteran-supportive education.

#4 Military Friendly College, BestColleges.com

BestColleges.com named the University of South Carolina No. 4 in its list of top military friendly colleges and universities. The ranking recognizes UofSC's academic and emotional support for students who are veterans, active service members, reservists and military dependents.

Outstanding Supplemental Instruction Program, International Center for Supplemental Instruction

The Student Success Center's Supplemental Instruction program earned the designation 2016 Outstanding SI Program from the International Center for Supplemental Instruction. The honor is given biannually to recognize excellence in supplemental instruction programs.

Gold Excellence Award, NASPA

The Sophomore Initiative won a NASPA Gold Excellence Award in the enrollment management, financial aid, orientation, parents, persistence, first-year, other-year and related category. The annual awards honor “outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration” at colleges and universities across the United States.

Outstanding Program for Commuter Students Award, ACPA

The Community Ambassador Program, coordinated by Off-Campus Student Services, received ACPA’s Outstanding Program for Commuter Students Award.

Outstanding Institutional Initiative, Association of Higher Education Parent and Family Program Professionals

Parents Weekend, the annual event hosted by Parents Programs, received AHEPPP's 2016 Outstanding Institutional Initiative Award. The award recognizes "an innovative and creative program resulting in improved activities, services, and communication for/with parents of undergraduate students."

Powerful Partnerships Award, Association of Higher Education Parent and Family Program Professionals

"Talking Points," publication on high-risk behavior prevention, won the AHEPPP 2016 Powerful Partnerships Award, which recognizes and encourages collaborations that benefit parents and families. "Talking Points" was produced by Parents Programs with Substance Abuse Prevention and Education, Student Health Services and other campus partners, won the Powerful Partnerships Award

Military Friendly School, Victory Media

In recognition of its array of academic, financial and social support for veterans, the University of South Carolina has earned a spot on the 2016 Military Friendly Schools list. The designation honors the U.S. institutes of higher education that employ best practices to welcome veterans and enhance their success. The list, compiled by Victory Media, was highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” a resource for service members and their families.

 

 

2015 Awards

Innovation Award, Association for Student Conduct Administration

The Association for Student Conduct Administration honored CREEDx with its Innovation Award. The award recognizes an institution that has implemented an outstanding and innovative program related to student conduct administration in the past year. CREEDx, modeled on TEDx, features a series of speakers sharing their thoughts on tenets of the Carolinian Creed.

Bronze Excellence Award, NASPA

Gamecock Gateway won a Bronze NASPA Excellence Award in the enrollment management, financial aid, orientation, parents, persistence, first-year, other-year and related category. The annual awards honor “outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration” at colleges and universities across the United States. Gamecock Gateway launched in 2012 with a focus on enhancing access to a USC degree by creating a pipeline between Midlands Technical College and the university.

Program of Excellence Award, Association of the Tutoring Professional

The Association of the Tutoring Professional recognized the Student Success Center’s peer tutoring program with its Program of Excellence Award for 2015. The organization praised USC’s program for attracting increasing student participation, delivering tutoring via a variety of methods, training its tutors and engaging in collaborations.

Gold Star Award, South Carolina Hospital Association

The university received the Gold Star Award from the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Working Well initiative and Prevention Partners. The award recognizes the university for achieving the highest standard of excellence for tobacco cessation programs.

Workplace Wellness Award, BlueCross BlueShield

The University of South Carolina is the only university in South Carolina to win the BlueCross BlueShield LiveLifeBlue Workplace Wellness Award. This award recognizes companies across South Carolina who are investing in wellness programs for their employees and transforming the culture of health within their workplace. USC received the award in recognition of its exercise facilities, tobacco-free policy, partnerships and collaborative efforts, healthy eating initiatives and weight management programs.

Model of Excellence, University Business magazine

University Business magazine chose the Student Success Center program Success Connect as one of its spring 2015 Models of Excellence. The magazine’s recognition program highlights college and university initiatives that support student success in innovative, effective ways. Launched in 2014, Success Connect is a multi-pronged retention initiative designed to support students’ transition and success in their first year. Through the components of an early warning system, collaboration with campus partners and intentional outreach to all first-year students, Success Connect is designed to identify and support students at risk of attrition.

Military Friendly School, Victory Media

In recognition of its array of academic, financial and social support for veterans, the University of South Carolina has earned a spot on the 2015 Military Friendly Schools list. The designation honors the U.S. institutes of higher education that employ best practices to welcome veterans and enhance their success. The list, compiled by Victory Media, was highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” a resource for service members and their families.

 

2014 Awards

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine

For the second year in a row, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized Carolina as one of the nation's top universities for diversity and inclusivity. The Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award is given to institutions that demonstrate a commitment to a diverse campus experience. The 2014 award was given to 55 other schools, and USC is the only school in South Carolina to win it.


Collaborative Excellence Award, ACPA

Green Quad Learning Community won the inaugural Collaborative Excellence Award from ACPA - College Student Educators International. The award recognizes a program that has demonstrated an exemplary partnership or an innovative, collaborative initiative among academic and student affairs professionals or departments.


JedCampus Seal, Jed Foundation

The University of South Carolina was awarded the 2014 JedCampus seal for its comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming. The seal was awarded to 42 U.S. colleges and universities by the Jed Foundation, a national non profit founded by Donna and Phil Satow, who lost their son Jed to suicide.


Bronze Excellence Award, NASPA

Healthy Carolina won the Bronze Excellence Award in the student health, wellness, counseling and related category from NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.


Best Practices Award, American College Health Association

Healthy Carolina received the American College Health Association's Best Practices Award in health education and promotion services.


Gold-level Fit-Friendly Worksite, American Heart Association

The American Heart Association named Healthy Carolina and Campus Wellness gold-level Fit-Friendly Worksites for creating physical activity programs in the workplace, providing healthy eating options and promoting a culture of wellness at work.


Bronze Excellence Award, NASPA

University Housing's assessment efforts earned a Bronze Excellence Award from NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. The annual NASPA Excellence Awards honor "outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration" at colleges and universities across the U.S. Housing's submission, "Developing a Culture of Assessment in Student Affairs: Strategies for Successful Implementation," won the award in the administrative, assessment, information technology, fundraising, professional development and related category.


Military Friendly School, Victory Media 

The University of South Carolina earned a place on the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list. The award honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools -- 1,739 institutions -- that excel in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. The list, compiled by Victory Media, was highlighted in the annual "G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools." USC Sumter and USC Beaufort also were included on the list. 

2013 Awards

Green Honor Roll, Princeton Review 

The University of South Carolina was recognized on the Princeton Review 2013 Green Honor Roll, which measures how environmentally friendly an institution is.USC received the highest possible score of 99, reflecting the Two Green Globes-certification for Harper College and Elliott College and Patterson Hall's Gold LEED certification. 


Bronze Excellence Award, NASPA 

Stand Up Carolina won a Bronze Excellence Award in the violence education and prevention, crisis management, campus security and related category. The initiative, coordinated by the Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention office, seeks to end interpersonal violence through advocacy and education programs that teach safe prevention and intervention strategies.  


Silver Excellence Award, NASPA 

Causerie won a Silver Excellence Award in the administrative, assessment, information technology, fundraising, professional development and related category. A data-driven quarterly newsletter primarily for University of South Carolina faculty, Causerie highlights topics of institutional importance and describes student-focused programs and services, as well as evidence of their effectiveness. The publication demonstrates Student Affairs and Academic Support's impact on student success and, with its assessment-based approach, supports faculty in better serving students.