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Eduventures Announces 2016 Innovation Award Winners

October 25, 2016 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


The National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA), a leading provider of data and analytics solutions to public and private colleges and universities, announced the winners of the Eduventures 2016 Innovation Award. NRCCUA acquired Eduventures in September 2016. The Eduventures Innovation Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations that share Eduventures’ vision for 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 showcased this year’s winners at a ceremony during Eduventures’ annual summit in Boston.

The 2016 winners include the following institutions:

Award winners were announced by Cara Quackenbush, vice president of research; James Wiley, principal analyst; and Howard Lurie, principal analyst at Eduventures.

Accepting the award for the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado–Boulder was Joanna Iturbe, technical project manager. “We are thrilled to be selected to receive an Eduventures Innovation Award,” said Ms. Iturbe. “With a growing focus on improving student outcomes, our institution has worked hard to create a culture of innovation, which was spearheaded by our adoption of our CRM system.”

“This awards program illustrates that there are true innovations taking place at institutions throughout the country. Many forward-thinking colleges and universities have dramatically changed the way they approach the student life cycle with innovations that provide better outcomes and use technology as a strategic enabler,” said Patrick Vogt, CEO of NRCCUA. “Congratulations to all the Innovation Award winners; we are proud to showcase their work.”

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:

Judges select winners from written applications and, if needed, conduct 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 Eduventures Annual Summit.

The National Research Center for College & University Admissions is an educational data platform and research organization based in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Austin, Texas. For 44 years, NRCCUA has been a leading provider of data, technology and programs servicing public and private colleges and universities to enhance their marketing and recruiting efforts. These solutions represent the link between students making important life decisions and providing the resources and information they need to succeed in their postsecondary education and career. NRCCUA is part of Sterling Partners’ Education Opportunity Fund. For more information, visit

Eduventures is the leading research and advisory firm that is 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