Eduventures Announces 2017 Innovation Award Winners

Awards Presented at Eduventures Summit Include Michigan State University, Purdue University, Texas State Technical College and Wellesley College

Eduventures Announces 2017 Innovation Award Winners. Pictured Left to Right: Todd Boullion (NRCCUA), Cara A. Quackenbush (Eduventures), Rocio Garza Tisdell (Wellesley College), Stephen Lipps (Purdue University), Cathy Heinz (Purdue University), Genyne Royal (Michigan State University) and Patrick Vogt (NRCCUA). (Photo: Business Wire)

BOSTON--()--The National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®), a leading provider of data and analytics solutions to public and private colleges and universities, today announced the winners of the Eduventures 2017 Innovation Award. Eduventures is the research division of NRCCUA. The Eduventures Innovation Awards program was created to recognize and showcase the achievements of individuals and organizations that share Eduventures’ vision for generating improved outcomes through innovative programming that supports critical areas of an institution. Selected by a jury of higher education leaders and advisors, NRCCUA and Eduventures celebrated award winners at an Awards Ceremony and Reception that took place during Eduventures Summit in Boston, Massachusetts. The 2017 winners include the following institutions:

  • Michigan State University
  • Purdue University
  • Texas State Technical College
  • Wellesley College

Award winners were announced by Cara Quackenbush, Vice President of Research for Eduventures.

“These institutions have excelled at creating innovative programs that yield tremendous results for their colleges and universities. The ability to impact enrollment strategy, drive student success and improve outcomes will make a critical difference in the organizations’ abilities to not only survive, but to thrive,” said Patrick Vogt, CEO of NRCCUA. “Congratulations to all of this year’s Innovation Award winners; we will continue to showcase creative thinking and execution through this program.”

Commenting on the award, Pam Horne, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Purdue University, said, “Collaboratively developed by a cross-campus team, Purdue’s admission dashboard has been a great success and amplified our commitment to transparency with our academic and other partners across campus. Deans, college-based recruiters and executive officers can see at a glance year-to-date progress toward our overall enrollment goals as well as those for each academic unit. The dashboard also facilitates rapid and informed decision-making through the admissions cycle. We are grateful for the chance to participate in this program sponsored by Eduventures and honored to have received this award.”

About the Innovation Awards Program

The Eduventures Innovation Awards program is designed to identify and honor higher education institutions that have demonstrated significant innovations when developing and deploying programs in each of these categories:

  • A successful enrollment management strategy in a fast-changing environment
  • A compelling story about successfully defining and reporting outcomes
  • A new approach for teaching and learning that includes metrics that quantify student success

Judges select winners from written applications and, if needed, with follow-up interviews. Entries are scored on value to the institution, innovation, and relevance to the mission of the school and are announced in conjunction with the annual Eduventures Summit.


The National Research Center for College & University Admissions™ is an educational data science platform and research organization based in Lee’s Summit, MO, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Austin, TX. For 44 years, NRCCUA has been a leading provider of data, technology and programs serving students, high school educators, colleges and universities. These solutions represent the link between students making important life decisions and providing the resources and information they need to succeed in their post-secondary educations and careers. NRCCUA is part of Sterling Partners’ Education Opportunity Fund. For more information, visit

About Eduventures

Eduventures, the research division of NRCCUA, provides data, research and advisory services that are focused exclusively on analyzing the forces that are transforming higher education. Building on 20 years of success in working with education leaders, Eduventures provides forward-looking and actionable research based on proprietary market data and advisory services that support both strategic and operational decision-making. Our recommendations and personalized support enable clients to understand the top traits of leaders in critical disciplines and evaluate the opportunities presented by new technologies. For more information about Eduventures’ research, practice areas, and team, visit us at


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Chief Marketing Officer