2017 Exemplary Initiatives Winner


Congratulations to Bossier Parish Community College, for their “Open CampusTM” project which offers free developmental courses ahead of placement testing and for those enrolled in credit-bearing coursework.  BPCC’s Open CampusTM courses premiered in 2013, and, to-date, 30,000+ students have enjoyed access to extended learning opportunities targeting their needs and guiding them through unfamiliar terrain.  For more information on BPCC’s award winning Open CampusTM project, please contact Allison Haughton Martin, Director, Institutional Effectiveness Initiatives at 318-678-6191 or amartin@bpcc.edu

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