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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates

With the support and co-sponsorship of Cengage, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is pleased to recognize and reward individuals on the nation's campuses who are Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates involved in high-impact practices for first-year student success. The nomination cycle for the 2020 award is open.

Each year, presidents of American higher education institutions are invited to nominate one educator on their campus who exhibits exceptional work in the areas of student learning, development, and success. 

Two award recipients are chosen in each of the following institutional categories:

  • Two-year colleges
  • Four-year colleges and universities with less than 2,000 students
  • Four-year colleges and universities with 2,000 to 7,000 students
  • Four-year colleges and universities with 7,001 to 15,000 students
  • Four-year colleges and universities with more than 15,000 students

As a group, these individuals mirror the diversity of American colleges and universities. They share the common goal of improving the educational experience of first-year students, yet their methods for doing so are uniquely responsive to the particular institutional settings of which they are a part.

 

Nominate Now

Nomination Deadline: September 25, 2019

 

What Advocates Receive

  • Complimentary registration to the Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, to include all conference sessions and meal functions (on a space-available basis)
  • Recognition at the Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, including the presentation of a plaque during the conference
  • Recognition on the Center's web page, listservs (i.e., SOPH List, SYE List, TYE List, and GRAD), and social media channels

 

How We Select the Recipients

The selection committee (not to include any representatives from the National Resource Center or sponsor) will include a national panel composed of members and former members of the National Advisory Board of the National Resource Center, past Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates, and other leaders in American higher education. 


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