With the support and co-sponsorship of Cengage Learning, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is pleased to recognize and reward individuals on the nation's campuses who are Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates involved in high-impact practices for first-year student success.
Each year, presidents of American higher education institutions are invited to nominate one educator on their campus for this award that are doing exceptional work in the areas of student learning, development and success. A national panel of distinguished educators reviews the nomination portfolios and select 10 individuals as the nation's Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates. Two award recipients are chosen in each of the following institutional categories:
- Two-Year Colleges
- Four-Year Colleges & Universities with less than 2,000 students
- Four-Year Colleges & Universities with 2,000 to 7,000 students
- Four-Year Colleges & Universities with 7,001 to 15,000 students
- Four-Year Colleges & Universities with more than 15,000 students
As a group, these individuals mirror the diversity of American colleges and universities. They share the common goal of improving the educational experience of first-year students, yet their methods for doing so are uniquely responsive to the particular institutional settings of which they are a part.