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.

2022 Recipient

The 2022 Student Driven Program of the Year is Cultural Explosion at the University of Houston.

Part of International Education Week, Cultural Explosion, organized by the Council for Cultural Activities, allow student organizations to compete for monetary prizes and showcase their culture through acts of dance, singing, spoken word, and much more. Due to the pandemic, the program went virtual, with recordings of each performance streamlined. The program had more than 400 views. 

Cultural Explosion
Past Recipients
  • 2021: Winter Wonderland – University of Houston
  • 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

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 2022 awards nomination period is now closed. Nominations for the 2023 awards process will open in November 2022.

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.

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.