Student-Driven Program of the Year

The Student-Driven Program of the Year Award was established to recognize the impact of programming on student learning and to celebrate the achievements of students charged with programming on their campus. This award is given to a program that is created and implemented by students and that represents standards of excellence in campus programming. Students may be advised by professional staff, but planning and implementation must be executed primarily by students.


Any individual, campus organization, or institution that is an ACUI member is eligible to apply for this award. Nominated programs must meet the following minimum standards:

  • Have been created and implemented by students (who may be advised by staff)
  • Have occurred on the campus of an ACUI member institution
  • Have taken place since the beginning of the previous academic year


The review process includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the criteria listed below. Due to the wide variety of programs that can be considered, a program does not need to meet each and every criterion.

  • Demonstrated excellence in campus programming
  • Innovation and uniqueness
  • Achievement of stated program outcomes
  • Ability to be replicated at other campuses


2015 Student-Driven Program of the Year - Temple UniversityPrevious Recipients

2015 recipient:
#TUnity at Temple University—a campaign by the Temple Student Government to assess campus climate and inspire more collaboration and understanding on campus. Student leaders wrote the Temple University Unity statement and partnered on a campaign to bring the statement to life through a community event and individuals signing a pledge to commit to unity on campus.

2014 recipient: Election Watch Party, University of Kansas
2013 recipient: SIGNS & RHYMES: Intersections of Deaf & Hip-Hop Cultures, New York University
2012 recipient: EagleCHECK, SUNY–Brockport
2011 recipient: Vagina Memoirs, Western Washington University
2010 recipient: Go Blue Week, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Nomination Information

Please place nominations online by filling out the Student-Driven Program of the Year Award nomination form to include the following information:

  • Name, title, institution, and contact information of the primary student responsible for the program
  • Name, title, institution, and contact information of nominator/staff advisor (if different)
  • A two-page summary of the program, addressing:
    • Title and description of the program (including intended programmatic outcomes)
    • Program budget and identified funding sources
    • Evidence of achievement of goals through program evaluations 
  • Supporting documentation of program. This could include photos, videos, marketing samples, etc. that directly support the program

The nomination window for this year’s awards is currently closed, with recipients being presented at the 2016 annual conference. Nominations will be collected again in late 2016.

Selection and Presentation

Applications will receive written or electronic notification confirming receipt of the application(s). The ACUI awards committee, appointed annually by the ACUI president, will review the applications in January to select a winning program. One winner will be chosen; one physical award will be given to the winning program. The winner will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference.

Updated Dec. 8, 2015