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New ACE/Fidelity Investments Award to Highlight Innovative Institutional Transformation

October 09, 2013

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​ACE today announced the creation of an annual award to recognize institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways.

The ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation will go to an institution that has achieved dramatic changes in a relatively brief period. The award includes a $20,000 prize and will be presented to the president of the selected institution at ACE's 96th Annual Meeting, March 8-11, 2014, in San Diego.

ACE invites nominations and applications for the award from any U.S. college or university that is eligible for ACE membership.

The deadline for nominations is Nov. 1, 2013, and the deadline for submission of complete applications is 5 p.m. EDT, Nov. 20, 2013. Nominations and complete applications should be sent to For more information about the award criteria and nominations and submissions process, click here.

"Our institutions are working vigorously to expand the pipeline to higher education for more Americans and meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of students," said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. "The generous support of Fidelity Investments will allow us each year to single out an institution where a particularly impressive transformation has taken place."

"The ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation will celebrate leadership and innovation at a college or university that resulted in a significant, demonstrable improvement in the institution's mission," said Joan Wodiska, ACE vice president and chief leadership officer. "In an era of increasing expectations and accountability, this new ACE award will help raise awareness and showcase higher education leadership."

"Fidelity is honored to partner with the American Council on Education to recognize a higher education institution that employs innovation to advance their mission," said Rick Mitchell, executive vice president, Tax-Exempt Retirement Services, Fidelity Investments. "The ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation is an opportunity to celebrate exceptional leadership in higher education, and we look forward to highlighting and rewarding these important achievements."

Media Contact: Jon Riskind ▪ 202-939-9453 ▪

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