VCCS New Horizons 2019

VCCS New Horizons 2019

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EIE Awards Info


VCCS Executive Vice Chancellor Donna Van Cleave congratulates Jane Jones, Beth Snodgrass, and Kevin Lee from Mountain Empire for their winning project, “Divided but Conquered: A Comprehensive Approach to Student Data Management.”


Vice Chancellor Sharon Morrissey congratulates Michelle Edmonds, Southside Virginia, for winning project “Partners for Success: Team Up to Dream Up!”


Vice Chancellor Sharon Morrissey congratulates Stacie Deaver and Amy White, Virginia Western, for winning project “Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Develop a Workplace-Ready Biotechnology Graduate”

The New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards Program provides an annual opportunity to showcase, celebrate, and share ideas and innovations across the VCCS that contribute to improving student outcomes and reaching our strategic goals. Projects are chosen not only for their already demonstrated success, but with the further aim of sharing, replicating, and scaling these winning strategies across the college system. Submissions are judged on multiple criteria, including how closely the submissions align with the mission of the VCCS, “We give everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened,” as well as the vision of Complete 2021: One Goal. One FutureThe Chancellor’s Biennium goals and/or Outcomes-based funding metrics.

While there is no limit on the number of submissions, it is hoped each college will be represented by at least one project. Submissions may come from faculty, staff, and/or administrators with the approval of the college executive vice president or president.


Theme for 2019 — Building Bridges: Equity, Access, and Opportunity

With this year’s theme, we are seeking proposals that offer proven, constructive ways to help bridge obstacles to student success. Consider sharing your best practices that help create connections that lead to equitable access and outcomes for all, from first contact to completion. Just as student success is not limited to the classroom and can be impacted by a range of experiences on campus, exceptional ideas for this award should come from all across your college.

Submissions may address innovative and practical ways to enhance classroom effectiveness, improve student outcomes, and create an environment that supports the teacher/student alliance, or they may address innovative and practical ways to improve upon the student experience through the intentional design of integrated supports and support networks, addressing personal, soft skills, and academic supports. Submissions could also include innovative and practical ways to improve upon college and VCCS System operations, supporting the achievement of VCCS goals, and our student success.



There will be three awards. Each submission will be judged separately based on the criteria outlined in the EIE Awards judging rubric. Monetary awards will be transferred to each college through the system office and may be used in compliance with state funding guidelines.

  • First Place– one $3,000 Award
  • Second Place– one $1,500 Award
  • Third Place– one $500 Award


Submission Process and Requirements

Be sure to follow form guidelines and complete all required fields.  A sample of the submission form can be found here.
In addition, submissions should come from someone directly involved with the work being nominated.  The top three finalists will be notified and expected to be present or have a representative at the EIE Awards Banquet on Thursday night. 




December 12, 2018: EIE Awards submission form opens

February 4, 2019: EIE Awards submission form due 

March 8, 2019: EIE finalists announced

April 11, 2019: EIE winners announced at the Awards Banquet

Judging Process

New this year! There will only be one round of judging this year. All finalists will be highlighted during the conference.

Complete the EIE Awards submission form by February 4, 2019. College president or college executive vice president (if applicable) approval of each submission is required.
Finalists need to register for the conference and attend the recognition and awards presentation (April 11).


Contact Sandy Gharib, Coordinator, Learning & Development at the VCCS or 804-819-4966