The New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards acknowledge the enhancement of student success through academic engagement and innovation within the VCCS. The 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. Finalists compete in three categories: “Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online, and Hybrid;” “Improving Student Success – Institutional;” and “Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom.”
Congratulations to the 2015 Excellence in Education Award winners! A full list of winners and runners-up is available below.
Best Practices in Teaching Face-to-Face, Online and Student Success
Write Here, Write Now: Creating a Culture of Writing at PVCC
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Jessica Kingsley, Nicole Oechslin
Our project, Write Here, Write Now, grew out of PVCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan. This plan proposed the development of a “Culture of Writing”at PVCC that would prepare graduates to meet the writing expectations of four-year institutions and the workforce by creating increased and deliberate writing experiences for our students and promoting the value of writing.
Digital Open – NOVA’s Online OER-Based Degree Programs
Northern Virginia Community College
The Extended Learning Institute(ELI) of Northern Virginia Community College(NOVA) is addressing the need for increased access to affordable higher education through the innovative use of free digital materials and Open Educational Resources(OER) in online courses across the curriculum.
Improving Student Success – Institutional
The Advance College Academy: A Comprehensive Dual Enrollment Partnership
Reynolds Community College
Miles McCrimmon, Hilda Billups, Tracy Green, Tracy Banks
The Reynolds Advance College Academy (ACA) will confer A.S. degrees in Social Sciences to its first cohort of 34 twelfth-graders in May 2015, nearly a month before they graduate from high school, upon their completion of 60 college credits. Now established or planned with cohorts in six high schools in our service area, the Reynolds ACA is slated to confer 150-200 A.S. degrees annually by 2019.
Rethinking SDV 100 – Jump Start to College Success
Mountain Empire Community College
Vickie Ratliff, Dale Lee, Jessica Ketron, Linda Childress, Todd Clendenon, Brandi Barnette, Lelia Bradshaw, Beth Boggs
The SDV Coordinator and a team of faculty, staff and administrators reviewed practices related to college success skills classes at community colleges across the state and nation. One model rose to the top based upon the overall improvement in student success for the colleges adopting its delivery format — a comprehensive SDV course required for all new incoming students scheduled prior to the first day of classes.
Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom
Improving Student Engagement Through the Use of Chroma Key/Green Screen Technology
Southside Virginia Community College
In a quest to increase student engagement and retention, research has demonstrated that the most engaging videos contained the actual instructor. This lead to the discovery of the use of chroma key (green screen) technology for delivery of information.
OTIS (Open Text Initiative System)
New River Community College
Janice Shelton, Sarah Tolbert-Hurysz, Jonathon Surratt, Dylan Moore
New River Community College’s (NRCC) Open Text Initiative System (OTIS) is a virtual library of linked and original documents and resources chosen and uploaded by faculty from a variety of disciplines.