The American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation recognizes a college or university which, in a period of great change in higher education, has responded to challenges in innovative and creative ways that allows the institution to thrive.
The first ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation will be presented to the current president/chancellor of the selected institution during the 2014 ACE Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
Criteria for Award
The Award for Institutional Transformation recognizes a college or university that raised, rallied or repurposed its resources to achieve dramatic and successful changes that allowed it to more fully fulfill its mission over a relatively brief period of time. This institutional transformation could involve academic, cultural, financial, teaching/learning, or other changes undertaken to address either threats to the institution’s viability or opportunities to attain a new level of excellence. The intent is not simply to acknowledge the completion of a capital campaign, modification of a core curriculum, or the accomplishments of a particular unit or division of an institution, however significant; it is, rather, to recognize the evolution of a college or university.
Applicants for the award must address a specific period of institutional transformation; while the transformation may still be underway, in general, the expectation is that this period will have occurred during the past five years, and that significant, demonstrable results have already been achieved.
ACE invites nominations for this award and also encourages institutions that meet the criteria for eligibility to apply directly for the award without nomination.
Nominators are asked to provide a brief description of the threat or opportunity that the institution faced and the actions that has positioned the institution to thrive. Institutions may also submit an application directly without nomination. If nominated, ACE will contact promptly the president/chancellor of the institution and encourage submission of an application.
Any U.S. college or university that is eligible for ACE membership - including all two-year and four-year, public and private, accredited, degree-granting institutions – is eligible to apply for this award. All applications must be submitted by the Office of the President/Chancellor.
ACE will convene a panel of judges, consisting of highly regarded, retired college/university leaders, representing all segments of higher education. The panel will review qualified applications, evaluate them against the stated criteria, and make a recommendation to the senior leadership of ACE.
The president/chancellor of the winning institution will be informed in January 2014. Public announcement of the award will occur in early 2014, with the formal presentation of the award made in March at the ACE Annual Meeting.
The winning institution will receive a cash award in the amount of $20,000, which may be used at the discretion of the president/chancellor.
- The president/chancellor of the winning institution must be present at the ACE Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 9, 2014, in San Diego, California, to receive this award in person. (Conference fees and room cost for the Meeting will be covered for one or two person(s), but not travel costs.)
- Only the name of the institution selected to receive the award will be made public. All other materials are confidential.
The nomination deadline has passed. Thank you for your entries.