Excellence in Education Awards


The New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards acknowledge the enhancement of student success through academic engagement and innovation 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. Such strategies, and their demonstrated and measurable instructional, disciplinary, and student outcomes can find a home and be celebrated in these awards. The Excellence in Education awards program provides an annual opportunity to showcase, celebrate, and share the best practices, ideas and innovations of colleagues across the VCCS that contribute to teaching and learning, student success and the strategic vision of Complete 2021: One Goal. One Future. All faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to participate in this year’s competition, and encouraged to apply.

Within the EIE awards there are three categories:

Finalists will display their projects to the public during the Wednesday, April 13, 2016 evening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Winners will be announced at our Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Use the links embedded in the table below to access complete information on each category.

An Awards FAQ is available here:
Excellence in Education Awards FAQ
The Awards judging rubric can be found here:
New Horizons 2016 Excellence in Education Awards Rubric
The online submission form can be found here:
New Horizons 2016 Excellence in Education Awards Submission Form

Read Chancellor DuBois’ remarks about Complete 2021: One Goal. One Future:
A Nation in Decline: Remarks of Chancellor Glen DuBois, August 12, 2014


Excellence in Education Awards Program Highlights

Please note: dates and award amounts are tentative and subject to change.

Award Category
Who Can Apply
Prizes Awarded Timeline Registration Requirements of Applicants

Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online, and Hybrid

Individuals or teams (full or part-time VCCS employees of all personnel categories)

$500 to the winning college

$250 to the runner-up college

Certificates for all

Complete submission by Friday, November 20, 2015.

Finalists notified by Friday, January 22, 2016

Finalists confirm acceptance by Friday, January 29, 2016

Brief description due by Saturday, February 27, 2016

PowerPoint/Prezi presentation due by Monday, March 7, 2016

Required of all finalists. Registration will be available soon.

Presentation at the Excellence in Education judging and reception.

Recognition at the awards banquet.

Improving Student Success – Institutional

Individuals or teams (full or part-time VCCS employees of all personnel categories)

$500 to the winning college

$250 to the runner-up college

Certificates for all

Complete submission by Friday, November 20, 2015.

Finalists notified by Friday, January 22, 2016

Finalists confirm acceptance by Friday, January 29, 2016

Brief description due by Saturday, February 27, 2016

PowerPoint/Prezi presentation due by Monday, March 7, 2016

Required of all finalists. Registration will be available soon.

Presentation at the Excellence in Education judging and reception.

Recognition at the awards banquet.

Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom

Individuals or teams (full or part-time VCCS employees of all personnel categories)

$500 to the winning college

$250 to the runner-up college

Certificates for all

Complete submission by Friday, November 20, 2015.

Finalists notified by Friday, January 22, 2016

Finalists confirm acceptance by Friday, January 29, 2016

Brief description due by Saturday, February 27, 2016

PowerPoint/Prezi presentation due by Monday, March 7, 2016

Required of all finalists. Registration will be available soon.

Presentation at the Excellence in Education judging and reception.

Recognition at the awards banquet.


Special thanks to Follett, presenting sponsor of the New Horizons 2016 Excellence in Education Awards.

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