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 has launched a new award recognizing Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition. The award will be presented 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.
The Nomination Process
Institutions will prepare nomination packets clearly demonstrating 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:
student transition(s) targeted by the initiative(s);
articulation of the institutional need for the student in transition initiative(s);
components of the student in transition initiative, including how these efforts address areas of institutional need;
the campus units involved and their respective roles and responsibilities with the student in transition initiative(s) to include shared goals and values, communications systems, organizational structures, resource sharing, staff relationships;
evidence of impact resulting from ongoing assessment and/or evaluation of the initiative(s); and
letter of endorsement from the nominator in support of the student in transition initiative(s)
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. Nominations will be scored on a scale from 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest) on the criteria listed below. The scores of all reviewers will be combined to determine an overall score for each nomination. Up to three award recipients will be selected annually based on the highest overall scores.
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; and
demonstrated evidence of collaboration, including shared goals and values, communications systems, organizational structures, resource sharing, or staff relationships, across multiple campus units
demonstrated evidence of ongoing assessment and evaluation of the initiative, along with discussion of relevant results
Complimentary registrations to 24th National Conference on Students in Transition to include at all conference sessions and meal functions and preconference workshops on a space available basis.
Recognition at the 24th 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