The ACPA Collaborative Excellence awards recognize a program (institution or department) which has demonstrated an exemplary partnership or an innovative, collaborative initiative among academic and student affairs professionals/departments. There are two categories for recognition: one for partnerships that have existed for a sustained period of more than one year and one for outstanding one-time or shorter term collaborations. This award recognizes achievements that support and foster college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge. These achievements should also inform policies, practices and programs at a college/university. Nominations can be received from any individual, regardless of institutional or individual membership affiliation with ACPA. Please note in the nomination whether this is a long-term partnership or a one-time collaboration.

Nomination Instructions

You may nominate yourself or another individual. Nomination letters should include: the nominee's name, telephone number and email address; an outline of the person or group's contributions based on the criteria for the award; and any additional materials to support the nomination. If nominating yourself, please include a letter(s) of support. Nominees may be contacted for additional information. To submit your nomination, send the letter and any supporting documents to the Award Coordinator, Lee Hawthorne (, by November 18 2016. Please put the name of the award in the subject line of the email.

2017 Winner


  • Ohio State STEP



2016 Winners

  • Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference
  • Mock House Party Minnesota State University, Mankato  

2015 Winners

  • On-Going Partnership Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies Florida State University  

  • One Time Event Partnership Move In 2014 & Getting Your Bearings Program University of California - Berkeley

2014 Winner

  • Green Quad Community University of South Carolina


Review Considerations

  • Selection criteria for consideration may include:
  • Letters of support from the Chief Senior Academic Officer and/or the Chief Senior Student Affairs Officer (may be the same individual if appropriate);
  • Evidence of improvements in one or more of the following areas:
    • Student support programs/services (i.e. advising, counseling, mentoring, inclusion programs, networking, etc.)
    • Student engagement
    • Faculty involvement in campus life/student affairs
    • Retention rates and/or related initiatives
    • Graduation rates and/or related initiatives
    • Campus-specific and/or national benchmark instruments (pre- and post-program data)
    • Feedback from students, faculty and/or staff;
  • Program consists of modern or highly innovative initiatives that stretch beyond traditional or institutional hallmark programs/services;
  • Demonstrated connection to the ACPA Vision through collaborative work on “fostering college student learning” related to “outreach, advocacy, research and/or professional development”;
  • Statement of intended outcomes from the collaboration and an assessment of achievement against those outcomes;
  • Connection to institutional strategic plan or divisional goals;
  • Demonstration of student feedback/input on the collaboration or impact to students.