Chancellor Gary Brahm accepted the American Council on Education (ACE)/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation on behalf of Brandman University at ACE’s 99th annual meeting on Sunday, March 12. Brandman won for the category of institutions serving student populations of 5,001 or more. Agnes Scott College in Georgia received the award for those up to 5,000 students.
The award was created to recognize institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways and achieved dramatic changes in a relatively brief period and includes a $10,000 prize. ACE invited nominations and applications for the award from any U.S. college or university eligible for ACE membership.
“Brandman University and Agnes Scott College represent the ways in which American higher education institutions and their leaders are rising to the challenges of innovation and meeting the needs of 21st-century learners,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad.
“Innovation is the backbone of Brandman University. It’s our foundation. By becoming a separate university, we created an institution that enables us to focus on the needs—and successes—of our students. We have developed the mission, vision and values that unified the energy and excitement of our new enterprise to adopt best practices and implement innovations to better serve our non-traditional student body,” said Brahm. “We are gratified all this hard work from our team has resulted in seeing 70 percent of our students graduate, and that our success has been recognized by our peers.”
“Together with ACE, Fidelity is honored to celebrate higher education leaders creating innovative programs to help their students succeed on campus and in their careers,” said Alexandra Taussig, senior vice president, Tax-Exempt Market, Fidelity Investments. “Brandman University and Agnes Scott College exemplify how a commitment to continued progress can have a significant impact throughout their communities—and ultimately drive academic achievement that provides a foundation for ongoing success.”
Read the ACE press release here.