2019 Leah Meyer Austin Award Application

Applications closed November 8, 2018.

ATD invites colleges to apply for the award if they meet two sets of criteria. Network criteria require an eligible college to be designated as a Leader College in good standing and a participant in the ATD Network for at least three program years. An eligible college will not have won the award in the previous five years.

In addition, eligible colleges must meet one of the following four data criteria:

  • Show a four-year improvement in the IPEDS three-year graduation rate of at least three percentage points (first-time full-time students); or
  • Show a four-year improvement in the National Student Clearinghouse three-year graduation rate of at least three percentage points (first time ever in college, degree seeking, first time ever in college students, both full-time and part-time); or
  • Show a six-year transfer-out bachelor's degree completion rate at or above the national level; or
  • Have been chosen in 2017 as one of the top 150 colleges in the competition for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

Network colleges that meet these criteria receive an invitation by email to complete an application.

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