UNCW Honored with Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award

Friday, October 03, 2014

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been named a recipient of the Inaugural Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The award will be presented annually to institutions that have designed and implemented outstanding collaborative initiatives enhancing significant transitions during the undergraduate experience. 

UNCW is one of three institutions being recognized for effective practices and initiatives that support student success, learning and development at a variety of transition points beyond the first college year. This year’s recipients will be honored at the 21st National Conference on Students in Transition being held Oct. 18 - 20 in Denver, CO.

The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition is an internationally recognized leader in matters of scholarship, policy and best practices for post-secondary student transitions. Founded in the 1980s at the University of South Carolina, the center is committed to setting the standard for excellence in supporting students and promoting integrative connections within and across institutions to enhance the student transition experience.

“Receiving a recognition of this magnitude by a national organization that is considered the gold standard for programs and services in transition programs in higher education is an incredible honor,” said Terry Curran, UNCW Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. “It is a testament to the excellence of our University College staff and the institutional partnerships that have been achieved with our faculty and student affairs partners.”

"This is an award faculty, staff, and students can all be proud of," added Reed T. Curtis, academic advisor and coordinator of transfer seminars. "UNCW empowers our early college, military and transfer students to succeed through dedicated programming, courses, advising and peer mentoring opportunities. We commit ourselves to supporting their transition into UNCW."