Beacon Award Nomination Form

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The Beacon Award for Excellence in Student Achievement and Success is an annual award to recognize institutional or programmatic accomplishments in student achievement and success at the NWCCU family of institutions.


Award winners must demonstrate distinctive, measurable, and replicable innovations that have resulted in student achievement and success at the institutional or programmatic level, including innovations in advising and mentoring, alternative credentialing, experiential learning, learning communities, or other such efforts. Other winning examples may include new curricula, courses, or educational delivery models. The Beacon Award will recognize innovative approaches that have significantly contributed to measurable improvements in completion and/or graduation rates at the institution.


Three award recipients will be selected; one from each of three institutional categories based on the most recent fall semester unduplicated student enrollment: institutions with fewer than 2,000 students; between 2,000 and 6,000 students; and more than 6000 students.


Award winners will receive a trophy and cash award (exact amount to be determined) to be used to further the institution’s efforts to implement the initiative.


Award Criteria:
  • Clearly identifiable programmatic efforts that consistently champion student academic success and achievement demonstrated through meaningful student outcome innovation and examples.

  • Evidence of a complete assessment process including assessment collection, analysis, and specifics of how the assessment data analysis led to program improvement.

  • Evidence that the program directly led to student success and achievement such as student learning outcomes, increased retention rates, and increased completion or graduation rates.

  • Evidence that the innovation is replicable.









Nominations must be received by the NWCCU no later than July 31. A review panel of NWCCU commissioners, staff, and representatives from institutions not under consideration will select award winners no later than October 1.