2017 Annual Campus Labs Awards
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This award is for campuses that have shown a commitment to innovation in their practices and use of their Campus Labs tools. These campuses can articulate how their innovative strategies connect to or are defining new standards in the field of higher education.

  • You must complete our online nomination form.
  • Your campus should be able to provide a detailed description of the development and implementation of your innovative practices.
  • Your campus should be able to describe the way these practices impact or are impacted by the thought leadership that defines the field of higher education today.
Below are some potential ways that a campus may be able to showcase innovation in the following impact areas:
Analytics & Insight
  • Has successfully broken down data silos and is connecting data across campus
  • Is leveraging and disaggregating data to make decisions
Improvement & Accountability
  • Has shifted the conversation from external accountability to internal drivers
  • Uses student feedback and student voices in processes and decision making
  • Develops plans for retention, enrollment, and other strategic planning processes based on sound data collection and analysis
  • Has developed a culture of inquiry
Retention & Success
  • Assesses effective retention strategies
  • Develops innovative programming for special student populations
Student Affairs Assessment
  • Has shifted to diverse methods of assessment, such as direct methods, formative assessment, and more
  • Demonstrates involvement of students in the assessment process
  • Actively contributes to accreditation, retention, or other institutional priorities
Student Engagement
  • Applies engagement data in programming and decision making on campus
  • Utilizes the technology to help students capture, articulate, and share their co-curricular experiences
  • Has designed an approach to co-curricular learning

Teaching & Learning
  • Has embarked on general education redesign on campus
  • Demonstrates the use of rubrics across campus
  • Utilizes student feedback data such as surveys or evaluations to inform curriculum or other designs
  • Utilizes formative assessment to diversify assessment methods
Implementation & Adaptability (35%)

The campus can demonstrate how they utilized the Campus Labs tool(s) as a part of their implementation plan for this initiative. The campus can also describe how the initiative can be replicated and adapted on other campuses.

Benefits & Impact (25%)

The campus can demonstration how the Campus Labs tool(s) have made a positive impact through quantifiable measures or anecdotal evidence. Campuses may also be judged by their ability to articulate the value of their Campus Labs partnership.

Innovative Strategy (25%)

The campus can describe the innovative strategy and also articulate the challenge or circumstances that inspired the need for innovation.

Originality (15%)

The campus’ initiative is creative, advanced, or otherwise demonstrates a new approach to a campus challenge.

The Trailblazer Award comes with:
  • A trophy and letter of recognition
  • An opportunity for the campus to share their success story with the Campus Labs membership at an event, conference, webinar, or in a written format
  • A $500 education grant for the campus to attend a conference to share their innovation and continue learning about the field

Questions? Contact us at awards@campuslabs.com