The New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards Program


The New Horizons Excellence in Education (EIE) Awards acknowledge exceptional college work in support of the VCCS mission. The Excellence in Education awards program provides an annual opportunity to showcase, celebrate, and share ideas and innovations across the VCCS that contribute to improving student outcomes and reaching our strategic goals. For 2020, The EIE Awards highlight exceptional work reflecting our theme, “Imagine the Possibilities.” Submissions for this award are judged on multiple criteria, including impact on equity, access, and opportunity for all students and how closely the submissions align with the VCCS mission and strategic plan Complete 2021.

We are seeking proposals that offer proven approaches and solutions for better serving a more diverse population and preparing them as our workforce in a rapidly changing world. Submissions may address innovative and practical ways to enhance workforce development, classroom effectiveness, holistic student supports and improved student outcomes. Examples of intentional design of integrated supports and community networks are encouraged.

Submissions may come from faculty, staff, workforce professionals and/or administrators with the approval of the college executive vice president or president.

The Awards

There will be three awards. Each submission will be judged separately based on the criteria outlined in the Excellence in Education Award Scoring Rubric. Monetary awards will be transferred to each college through the system office and may be used in compliance with state funding guidelines.

  • First Place – one $3,000 Award
  • Second Place – one $1,500 Award
  • First Place – one $500 Award

Submission Process and Requirements

Be sure to follow form guidelines and complete all required fields. All EIE Awards nominations must be submitted by the close of business on Friday, November 15, 2019. In addition, submissions should come from someone directly involved with the work being nominated.  There will only be one round of judging and the top three finalists will be notified and expected to be present or have a representative at the EIE Awards Banquet on Thursday night, April 16.

Access the EIE Awards Submission Form here.

Access the Excellence in Education Award Scoring Rubricicon here.


  • September 5, 2019: EIE Awards submission form opens
  • November 15, 2019: EIE Awards submission deadline
  • December 2019: EIE finalists notified
  • April 16, 2020: EIE winners announced at the New Horizons Awards Banquet


Contact Sandy Gharib, Coordinator, Learning & Development at the VCCS, at or 804-819-4966.