IHEP Honors St. Edward's University as a "Champion of Access and Success"
AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 3, 2013) - The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), an organization celebrating 20 years of promoting access to and success in higher education for all students, announced today St. Edward’s University as a recipient of its inaugural IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards. St. Edward’s received the “Institutional Champions of Access and Success Award” for successfully advancing strategies that increase opportunity, persistence, and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled, and other underserved students.
As a recipient of the Institutional Champions of Access and Success Awards, St. Edward’s is being recognized by IHEP for the following efforts: Scaling and institutionalizing access and success strategies; having strong leadership, faculty, and staff who are committed to achieving positive outcomes for students; and putting in place robust data systems that inform their decision-making and interventions. Other Institutional Champions of Access and Success Award winners are:
- Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale, Va.)
- Salish Kooteni College (Pablo, Mont.)
- The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, Texas)
The IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards were presented today during the organization’s National Policy Summit: Redefining Access for the 21st-Century Student held at the National Press Club. This signature IHEP event brings together critical stakeholders—policymakers, institutional decision-makers, business leaders, and other influential individuals whose reach extends across and beyond the postsecondary community—to foster policy and practice solutions in support of increased access and success.
“Since our founding in 1993, IHEP continues to embrace a vision where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by participating and succeeding in higher education,” said IHEP President Michelle Asha Cooper, Ph.D. “The IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards not only affirm our longstanding commitment to championing increased college access and success for underserved students across the nation, they also recognize the efforts of St. Edward’s University for working to advance this important mission.”
The IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards were selected through an open application and nomination process; for the institutional awards, all institutions committed to improving access and success were invited to apply. Selections were vetted by IHEP staff, board members, and external postsecondary access and success experts.
To learn more about St. Edward’s efforts in access and success, visit stedwards.edu. For more information about the IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards, visit the organization’s website at www.ihep.org.
THE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY (IHEP) IS A NONPARTISAN, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION COMMITTED TO PROMOTING ACCESS TO AND SUCCESS IN HIGHER EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS. BASED IN WASHINGTON, D.C., IHEP DEVELOPS INNOVATIVE POLICY- AND PRACTICE-ORIENTED RESEARCH TO GUIDE POLICYMAKERS AND EDUCATION LEADERS, WHO DEVELOP HIGH-IMPACT POLICIES THAT WILL ADDRESS OUR NATION’S MOST PRESSING EDUCATION CHALLENGES.
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