Enter 2018 Competition Now!

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 December 31, 2018 to ncia@unl.edu
  • Winners will be recognized locally and nationally.

2017 Exemplary Initiatives Winner - Bossier Parish Community College


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