This award recognizes a member institution or campus that has contributed to the private postsecondary school sector by successfully implementing innovative methods that have benefited the school, students, or the community at large.
2012 Winner: Anthem College, Maryland Heights, Mo.
Anthem College in Maryland Heights, Mo., took a look at the traditional approach to alumni engagement and decided that a different approach would greatly benefit the student body. Realizing that its students are career focused and need support that extends beyond their graduation date, Anthem College developed a program of peer support and professional development between alumni and the current student body.
The Anthem College Alumni provides career support, guidance, tutoring, and a network that extends well beyond graduation. It hosts its own committee with Anthem alumni serving in leadership roles to develop connections between students, faculty, alumni, and the local community. The committee focuses on social networking, events, fundraising, professional development. Committee members help students create professional profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn, reunite graduates from years past, and provide opportunities for other Anthem alumni to get involved on the committee.
The ACA views giving back to the community and being connected to their community as a huge strength and valuable resource to students. It has taken this great step to equip graduates for a bright future. APSCU proudly honors Anthem College with the 2012 Most Innovative Best Practice/ New Program Award.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.