The Student-Driven Program of the Year celebrates the achievements of students who plan and implement an innovative program on their campus. This award promotes professional development, collaboration, and leadership for those students making a difference in advancing campus community through programming excellence.

2021 Recipient

Held annually since 2008, the University of Houston’s Winter Wonderland is the 2021 Student Driven Program of the Year. Developed and executed by the Student Program Board, this program included winter-themed novelties and attractions, free snacks, and over 60 tons of snow.

By collaborating with student organizations, campus departments, and local businesses, the Student Program Board provided additional opportunities for students to engage with the larger campus community. 

Winter Wonderland
Past Recipients
  • 2020: Sustainable Office Program – California State University–Northridge
  • 2019: Chi Omega Songfest – University of South Alabama
  • 2018: On the Road for Change – James Madison University
  • 2017: Multicultural Night – Portland Community College
  • 2016: Mega-Musical Chairs – University of South Alabama
  • 2015: #TUnity Campaign – Temple University
  • 2014: Election Watch Party – University of Kansas
  • 2013: SIGNS & RHYMES: Intersections of Deaf & Hip-Hop Cultures – New York University
  • 2012: EagleCHECK – The College at Brockport
  • 2011: Vagina Memoirs – Western Washington University
  • 2010: Go Blue Week – University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
  • 2009: ArtAwake – University of Rochester
  • 2008: City Cycles – University of Rochester

Criteria

The review process includes, but is not limited to, an assessment of the criteria listed below. To be considered, each project must meet every criterion. The program must:

  • Demonstrate excellence in campus programming.
  • Demonstrate the use of practices that exemplify outstanding creativity or introduce new approaches beyond what is standard.
  • Achieve its stated intended outcomes.

Eligibility

All ACUI member institutions are eligible to apply for this award. For collaborative initiatives or partnerships, all institutions must be ACUI members. Eligible programs must:

  • Have taken place since the beginning of the previous academic year.
  • Have been planned and implemented by student one or more students.
  • Serve as a model to other campuses for replication.
  • Achieve its stated program outcomes and objectives, with evaluation tools in place.
  • Agree to allow a summary of their accomplishments to be published.

Submit

Submission materials must include the following:

  1. Name, institution, and contact information of the primary contact for the program.
  2. Title of the program.
  3. A summary, up to two pages, of the program, addressing:
    • Description of the program, including goals and intended outcomes.
    • Description and inclusion of the evaluation methods in place for the program, including brief rationale for choosing stated methods.
    • Evidence that the program meets the criteria identified for this specific award.
  4. And one compiled packet of additional supporting documentation for the program, which could include photos, marketing samples, course materials, budget information, testimonials, etc. No page limit exists, but only the first 15 pages will be considered by the review committee.

The application process for this award will open in October 2021.


Selection

Electronic notification will be sent to confirm submissions have been received. A confidential Campus Awards Committee, appointed annually by the ACUI president, will review materials to make the selection. One recipient will be chosen, unless otherwise noted for the specific award. One physical award will be given to the recipient, who will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the annual conference and in subsequent publications.