Exemplary Initiatives Competition

The NCIA Awards Committee recognizes an Exemplary Initiative in Student Access, Persistence and Completion.  Examples of initiatives in this category include, but are not limited to:  recruitment and retention strategies, support for diverse populations, student engagement, increasing completion/graduation/transfer rates, early alert programs, tutoring or mentoring programs, articulation, seamless transitions with P-20 partners, college and career readiness and early transition, and efforts to create an equitable educational environment for all students.

Nominators should submit a cover letter (500 - 1000 words) to the Awards Committee describing in detail the initiative.  At a minimum, the nominating letter must address these five questions:
Who was served?
What problem was solved?
How many students were impacted?
What data gives evidence of the success of the initiative?
Is the initiative scalable and/or adaptable by other colleges and if so, how?

The President/Chancellor/CEO of the nominated institution must co-sign the cover letter.

Please also include a separate page with complete contact information for the nominator.

  • Submissions must be emailed by June 2, 2017 to ncia@unl.edu
  • Winners will be recognized locally and nationally after July 1, 2017.

For additional information, contact the NCIA National Office at (402-472-3727) or e-mail (ncia@unl.edu). For questions, contact Katherine Wesley, Executive Director, at (402-472-8958) or e-mail katherine.wesley@unl.edu).


25th EI Winner & Honorable Mention Presentations:


El Paso Community College
Emergency Medical Services Initiative:  Partnerships+Acceleration=Success

Indian River State College
Disruption and Chaos: Breaking the Mold of Online Learning

Mott Community College
Acceleration: Re-Thinking the Delivery of Developmental Writing through ALP

Parkland College
Assessing Alternative Methods of Lab Delivery

Southeast Community College
Day One Support: SCC's Transitions Lab in Year Two

Honorable Mention

Grand Rapids Community College
Finding Academic Success After Probation

Moraine Valley Community College
Taking it to the Streets Community

Parkland College
Interprofessional Teamwork: Developing a Common Curricular Framework