APLU established the Degree Completion Award to achieve the following:
The award is open to all APLU institutions and serves to advance APLU’s degree completion priorities to advance access and persistence to a greater number of students. Increasing the access, retention, and graduation rates of students seeking bachelor’s degrees in the U.S. is essential for the social and economic health and well-being of our society.
Eligibility: All APLU member institutions are invited to submit an application for the 2018 Degree Completion Award. Initiatives and programs that have improved the institution’s retention and/or graduation rate(s) at any time in the last three academic years will be considered. Previous award recipients are not eligible in the two years immediately following receipt of the Degree Completion Award (formerly the Project Degree Completion Award).
The 2018 Award Application is now available. Letters of intent (strongly encouraged) are due June 1st, and full applications are due July 1st. The winner will be announced during the APLU Annual Meeting on November 11-12 in New Orleans, LA. Additionally, up to five finalists for the award will be showcased at a prominent session during the APLU Annual Meeting at which a representative from each institution will present an overview of their work and sit on a panel to discuss innovative degree completion practices.
2017 Project Degree Completion Award Recipient
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
2016 Project Degree Completion Award Recipient
University of California, Riverside
2015 Project Degree Completion Award Recipient
Morgan State University
2014 MVP Trailblazer Award Recipient
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2014 MVP Opportunity Award Recipient
Florida State University
2013 MVP Trailblazer Award Recipient
Georgia State University