Leah Meyer Austin Award
Achieving the Dream, Inc. is pleased to invite applications from institutions actively affiliated with Achieving the Dream for the 2014 Leah Meyer Austin Award competition.
The Leah Meyer Austin Award is an annual award competition that recognizes an Achieving the Dream Institution that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in supporting and promoting student success through the creation of a culture of evidence, continuous improvement, systemic institutional change, equity, and broad engagement of stakeholders, with particular attention to low-income students and students of color. This award is given in honor of Leah Meyer Austin, former Senior Vice President for Program Development and Organizational Learning at the Lumina Foundation, whose visionary leadership shaped the development of Achieving the Dream.
Review the 2014 Leah Meyer Austin Award Criteria
Application Deadline: Friday, December 20, 2013, 11:59 PST
All applications must be submitted electronically. The online application can be accessed at www.conferenceabstracts.com/LeahMeyer2014.htm.
The Leah Meyer Austin Award recognizes the Achieving the Dream institution that demonstrates outstanding institutional achievement in creating policies, practices, and an institutional culture of equity and excellence that support and nurture student success. Applicants must demonstrate how they combine committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement to advance student success and equity. They should address how the institution worked to close achievement gaps among student subgroups based on race/ethnicity, income, gender, or age. Applicants must provide supporting data that show evidence of improvement over at least a two-year period. Data must compliment the narrative and be comprehensively explained, with citations to specific graphs/tables included in the narrative where applicable. Applications are expected to include disaggregated data to illustrate the institutions efforts to address achievement gaps and promote equity.
The Leah Meyer Austin Award recognizes the institution that demonstrates most effectively the Achieving the Dream principles and practices for increasing student success in each of the following categories:
- Committed leadership (vision and values, commitment)
- Use of evidence to improve programs, policies, and practices (e.g., technological and research capacity, processes for identifying achievement gaps, processes for formulating and evaluating solutions)
- Broad engagement strategies (e.g., faculty and staff professional development, strategies to engage students and the public)
- Systemic institutional improvement (e.g., institutional management, organization, professional development)
All institutions actively affiliated with Achieving the Dream are eligible to apply. Click here for a list of participating institutions.
The winning institution will receive a cash award of $25,000 ($15,000 to be used to support student success and $10,000 contribution towards the institution’s participation in ATD for the 2014-15 academic year). The institution selected as the 2014 winner of the Leah Meyer Austin Award will be honored at DREAM 2014, Achieving the Dream’s annual institute on student success, February 24-27, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. The winning institution will also receive two complimentary registrations to DREAM 2014 along with two nights in the hotel for each complimentary registration.
- South Texas College (2013) - 2013 Leah Meyer Austin Award Brochure
- Zane State College, OH (2012) - 2012 Leah Meyer Austin Award Brochure
- El Paso Community College, TX (2011) - 2011 Leah Meyer Austin Award Brochure
- Guilford Technical Community College, NC (2010) - 2010 Leah Meyer Austin Award Brochure
- Valencia Community College, FL (2009) - 2009 Leah Meyer Austin Award Brochure
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