University of the Year
The University of California System's newest college is expanding access to higher education, with the largest share of low-income and first-generation students as well as students from underrepresented ethnic groups among UC colleges. Meanwhile, it is using an innovative model to rapidly grow its footprint to serve more students.
President of the Year
As head of Paul Quinn College, an HBCU in Dallas, Sorrell is eyeing expansion for a model that combines workforce development with elements of the liberal arts and has been critical to improving outcomes at a college where most students are Pell Grant-eligible.
Strategic Move of the Year
The university is investing $1 billion in an effort to overhaul how it teaches computing and artificial intelligence, focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration and ethics. Its approach is reflective, if at a much larger scale, of a broader push among colleges to break down internal silos.
Innovator of the Year
All students at the New Mexico community college have the option of a blockchain diploma, helping them and prospective employers more efficiently verify their credentials. Beyond diplomas, the college has emerged as a leader in finding new uses for the digital ledger technology in higher education.
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