The National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition is committed to setting the standard for excellence in supporting students at critical junctures in the educational pipeline. We also seek to promote intentional and integrative connections within and across institutions and educational sectors to enhance the student transition experience. In light of these core commitments, the National Resource Center will recognize a deserving institution with the Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award. We present this award annually to institutions that have designed and implemented outstanding collaborative initiatives enhancing significant transitions during the undergraduate experience. Award recipients will have demonstrated the effectiveness of the initiative in supporting student success, learning, and development at a variety of transition points beyond the first college year and in responding to unique institutional needs.
What Your Institution Will Receive
Complimentary registrations to 25th National Conference on Students in Transition in Indianapolis, Indiana, to include all conference sessions, meal functions, and preconference workshops (on a space available basis)
Recognition at the 25th National Conference on Students in Transition, including the presentation of a plaque during the conference
Recognition in a national higher education media outlet; in the National Resource Center's online newsletter (E-Source for College Transitions); and on the Center's web page, listservs (i.e., SOPH List, SYE List, TYE List, and GRAD), and social media channels
How to Nominate Your Program
Nomination packets should clearly demonstrate partnerships and/or collaboration across functional areas and an institutional commitment to helping students successfully navigate one or more transitions beyond the first college year (e.g., sophomore year, transfer, senior year). Nomination materials should include the following:
targeted student transition;
the institutional need for aforementioned student transition;
components of the student in transition initiative, including how these efforts address institutional need;
campus units involved and their respective roles and responsibilities with the student in transition initiative;
evidence of impact resulting from ongoing assessment and/or evaluation of the initiative; and
letter of endorsement from the nominator.
How We Select The Recipients
Nomination packets will be evaluated on the following criteria:
evidence of a focus on student transition(s) beyond the first college year;
clear articulation of the institutional need for the student in transition initiative(s);
appropriateness of the initiative to meeting the identified institutional need with respect to specific transition experience(s) targeted;
demonstrated evidence of collaboration, including shared goals and values, communications systems, organizational structures, resource sharing, or staff relationships, across multiple campus units; and
demonstrated evidence of ongoing assessment and evaluation of the initiative, along with discussion of relevant results.
A national panel composed of current and former members of the Advisory Board of the National Resource Center and other leaders in American higher education who are champions for students in transition will review and score nominations. Current staff of the National Resource Center will not be involved in the selection process. Up to three award recipients will be selected annually based on the highest overall scores.