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.

  • Does the program demonstrate excellence in campus programming?
  • Does the program demonstrate the use of practices that exemplify outstanding creativity or introduce new approaches?
  • Did the program achieve its stated program outcomes?
  • Does the program lend itself to replication on other campuses?

Previous Recipients

2016 recipient:
Mega Musical Chairs at University of South Alabama: a campaign organized by a cross-campus committee, 200 college students and 199 chairs came together to raise more than $3,000 for the University of South Alabama's Children's and Women's Hospital. 

2015 recipient: #TUnity, Temple University
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

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

This year's nomination deadline has closed for this award, which will be presented at the 2017 annual conference. 


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 Jan. 7, 2017