2016 Student Engagement Awards Honor Seven Member Campuses


Buffalo, NY, June 21, 2016 – On Friday, June 17, this year’s winners of the Campus Labs Student Engagement Awards were announced at the 2016 Connect Conference in Dallas, Texas. Seven Member Campuses were recognized for their outstanding use of the Campus Labs® CollegiateLink and OrgSync student engagement platforms:

Held annually, our awards program honors the institutions that effectively use the Campus Labs tools to strengthen student engagement on their campuses. Prizes include a GoPro, complimentary registration to a future Connect conference, and monetary grants to further student engagement initiatives.

CollegiateLink Campus of the Year

Niagara College Canada (NC), the 2016 CollegiateLink Campus of the Year, is a leader in applied education and training. NC has four Ontario campuses and a satellite campus in Saudi Arabia. Since adopting the Campus Labs® CollegiateLink platform in 2012, the college has witnessed a significant and steady increase in use by faculty, staff, and students. From May 2015 to April 2016, more than 4,500 NC students—roughly half the total student population—actively used the Get Involved Co-Curricular Record Portal, a main feature of Offering one centralized online hub for communications, the portal has made it easier for a diverse student body to explore engagement, leadership, and student support opportunities. The portal’s user-friendly reports allow for targeted student support plans and help advising teams scaffold student success. NC will use its Campus of the Year grant to supplement the college’s Student Leadership Opportunity Fund. Administered by NC’s Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL), the fund enables students with limited financial resources to access leadership opportunities.

“Niagara College is so honored and excited to have won the CollegiateLink Campus of the Year Award. Student engagement, both in and out of the classroom, is a key focus for us,” said Lesley Calvin, CSEL’s Manager of Student Engagement and Leadership. “In the Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership, we get to see and hear the anecdotal feedback from our students and staff on the positive effects of campus involvement, and we truly feel that receiving this award from Campus Labs honors and recognizes the amazing culture of involvement on our campuses!”

OrgSync Campus of the Year

The University of West Georgia (UWG), the 2016 OrgSync Campus of the Year, is located just west of Atlanta and known for its comprehensive undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs. UWG administrators have been able to use information collected through OrgSync’s Card Swipe feature to strengthen the university’s student affairs programming, including its I-20 Passport program for first-year students. The collected data has also helped UWG explore larger, mission-critical issues such as the potential impact of student involvement on retention and graduation rates. UWG’s Campus of the Year grant will enable its Leadership Advisory Board, comprised of student mentors, to continue to promote OrgSync through swag, wearables, and other marketing, as well as provide training to peers on campus. In addition, the grant will help UWG implement the OrgSync 100 Club, a recognition program to incentivize campus organizations and reward frequent users.

“We are so thankful for how quickly OrgSync was adopted on campus by different departments and academic colleges, and this recognition serves as a well-deserved ‘thank you’ to all our partners who work hard to promote OrgSync and connect with students through the platform,” said Laura Keath Petrus, Coordinator for Student Involvement and Leadership Programs at UWG’s Center for Student Involvement. “It is a true testament to the collaboration and commitment to student success we have across campus.”

For more information, visit our Student Engagement Awards page. In the coming months, we’ll unveil a webinar series showcasing the success stories that inspired these standout submissions. We thank everyone who participated, and we’re already looking forward to reading next year’s submissions!