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NKU has introduced three new awards as part of the annual Academic Affairs Faculty and Staff Honors and Awards. These are designed to reward academic units (schools, departments, etc.) for excellent work accomplished as it relates to Success by Design: NKU's new strategic framework. Congratulations to the following units!
Academic Unit Excellence in Access Award

W. Frank Steely Library

"Steely is laying the foundation for campus affordability and social justice strategies related to curricular materials. Steely has expanded student access to information, perspectives, and research while embracing the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Steely provided access to student-authored research by adding nearly 500 submissions into the library’s digital repository. Steely Library partnered with FUEL NKU to offer bi-weekly access to non-perishable foods in the physical library. As a result of the library’s innovative and dedicated efforts, NKU students were able to thrive in a difficult time. These initiatives illustrate that Steely is a physical and virtual destination for learners, and we have our talented personnel to thank."
Academic Unit Excellence in Career and Community Engagement Award

Career Services

"Career Services is an innovative department who is laser-focused on the alignment of career readiness and student success. The programs and services administered by Career Services – in particular their on-campus career events – are some of the highest quality offered by NKU. Their attention to detail, forward-thinking preparedness, and “customer service” approach creates a unique and meaningful experience for student and alumni participants. Beginning in early 2021, the Career Services team began implementing the Handshake platform to replace the HireNKU platform. This has provided NKU students with access to the full Handshake network of more than 700,000 employers. In addition to advertising their positions, Handshake provides employers with the option to host virtual events or advertise in-person events. Since our launch, NKU students have been invited to over 550 events hosted in Handshake by over 100 employers."
Academic Unit Excellence in Student Completion and Career and Community Engagement Award


"CINSAM is a big player in promoting NKU’s stewardship of place through many of our programs that engage educators, children, employers and other community members. These programs also help NKU support access, career engagement, and talent development among P-12 students. The Next Generation STEM Classroom (ngSC) is a program that brings high quality professional development (PD) for science and mathematics teachers right into an existing classroom with its usual students. The iSTEP program brought timely, online professional development to 84 teachers from 50 different school districts who were dealing with adaptation to various versions of socially-distanced (remote, hybrid, in-person but spread out) STEM teaching. I truly believe that CINSAM is a university exemplar in the manner in which community engagement and career readiness initiatives are made central to the training they provide to our students and the connections they make with our region."
Provost Award for Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

World Languages and Literature

During the review, the committee noted that the WLL program had demonstrated excellence and best practices in student learning outcomes assessment for continuous improvement.  

More specifically, the committee noted:

  • The integration of assessment across the different languages builds consistency that benefits the department and students.
  • A demonstrated use of assessment results to continually improve the program
  • Exemplary analysis of results as one reviewer noted: “The thorough evaluation of the data is impressive.”