The New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards, acknowledge the enhancement of student success within the VCCS. Student success is enhanced by an array of strategies: pen and paper as well as mouse and keyboard, collaborative work, classroom assessments, and dynamic discussions prompted by thoughtful questions. All of these strategies, and others, can find a home and be celebrated in these awards.

Within the EIE awards there are three categories: 1) Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online and Student Success, 2) Improving Student Success – Institutional, and 3) Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom.

Finalists will display their projects to the public during the Wednesday, April 9, 2014 evening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Shenandoah A and B. Note that from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. our panel of judges will visit each table for a final evaluation of all the entries and will select the winners. At 5:30 p.m. all are welcome to meet with the finalists and talk with them about their projects.

Winners will be announced at our Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

Use the links embedded in the table below to access complete information on each category and to apply:

Excellence in Education Awards Program Highlights

Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online and Student Success
Individuals or teams (full or part-time VCCS employees of all personnel categories)
$500 to the winning college Complete submission by Friday, December 6, 2013 Required of all finalists. Click here to register! Presentation at the Excellence in Education judging and reception.
$250 to the runner-up college Finalists notified by Monday, January 6, 2014
Certificates for all Finalists confirm acceptance by Friday, January 17, 2014 Recognition at the awards banquet.
PowerPoint presentation due by Friday, February 21, 2014

Improving Student Success – Institutional
Individuals or teams (full or part-time VCCS employees of all personnel categories)
$500 to the winning college Complete submission by Friday, December 6, 2013 Required of all finalists. Click here to register! Presentation at the Excellence in Education judging and reception.
$250 to the runner-up college Finalists notified by Monday, January 6, 2014
Certificates for all Finalists confirm acceptance by Friday, January 17, 2014 Recognition at the awards banquet.
PowerPoint presentation due by Friday, February 21, 2014

Innovative Use of Technology, Face-to-Face and Online Classroom
Individuals or teams (full or part-time VCCS employees of all personnel categories)
$500 to the winning college Complete submission by Friday, December 6, 2013 Required of all finalists. Click here to register! Presentation at the Excellence in Education judging and reception.
$250 to the runner-up college Finalists notified by Monday, January 6, 2014
Certificates for all Finalists confirm acceptance by Friday, January 17, 2014 Recognition at the awards banquet.
PowerPoint presentation due by Friday, February 21, 2014

Congratulations to our 2014 Finalists!

Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online and Student Success

1st Place:

The “Z Degree”: Removing Textbook Costs as a Barrier to Student Success through an OER-based Curriculum

Diane Ryan, Tidewater Community College

Team  Members: Linda Williams, Lisa Carter, Sean Lacroix, Pamela Dale, Debra Porter, Okema Bowers, Lynnette Hauser, Natalia Kuznetsova, Maura Lansing, Elizabeth Lohman, Lynn Rainard, and Darlene Stoll

Administrators:  Kimberly Bovee, Daniel DeMarte 

2nd Place:

In Their Steps

Stephen Walker, Southside Virginia Community College

Improving Student Success ─ Institutional

1st Place:

Learning to Communicate

Teresa  Galyean, Wytheville Community College

Team Members: Kent Glindemann, Tracy McAfee, Elaine Smith, Lorrie Coe-Meade, and Patsy Muncy

2nd Place:

CDL001: Orientation to Learning Online

Ghazala Hashmi, Reynolds Community College

Team Members: Meg Foster, Marian Macbeth, Denise Woetzel, and David Cloer

Innovative Use of Technology ─ Face-to-Face & Online Classroom

1st Place:

CampusNav

Sandy  Stephenson, Southwest Virginia Community College

Team Members:  Cherie Aukland, David Webb, Wen Andrews

2nd Place:

Leveraging Blackboard to Introduce New Faculty to Essential Technologies

Kimberly Evans, Reynolds Community College

Team Member:  Kenyada McLeod