The NMC has awarded the 2016 Center of Excellence awards to the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and the University of Central Florida (UCF), two institutions that have demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement in the application of technology to teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the NMC.

“The Center of Excellence Awards celebrate the influence and impact of NMC member institutions on the field at large,” said NMC Interim Executive Director Peggy Snyder. “The NMC organizations recognized this year are engaged in innovative practices that achieve tangible results in students’ lives.”

University of Colorado Denver

Situated in the Denver metropolitan area near the Rocky Mountains, University of Colorado Denver is home to teaching, research, and patient care facilities. The institution is celebrating 20 years of CU Online, where thousands of students have harnessed flexible options to achieve academic and career goals. The highly-skilled, enthusiastic faculty use fun, creative methods to connect with students and breathe fresh air into content delivery. Through its professional development programs, innovative pedagogical approaches, and unique marketing efforts, CU Denver has earned a reputation as a powerhouse institution.

“This award is a special recognition for us. We have long looked to the NMC as an organization with a nose for the best in emerging technology and practice,” said David Thomas, Director of Academic Tech at University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. “To share this honor with the many organizations who have received it over the years is a remarkable testament to the students, faculty, and staff at our institution who have continued to challenge norms, stay curious, and never lose focus on education.”

University of Central Florida

Located in Orlando, Florida, the University of Central Florida is the second-largest university in the US. Many students experience the institution in blended and online formats through the Center for Distributed Learning. The institution’s instructional design team creates high-quality online courses that employ a mastery learning approach, personalized assessments, and real-time feedback. UCF prides itself on technology-based innovation and instills those values in its students.

“What a phenomenal honor to be recognized by our peers and leaders for our efforts to transform the lives of our students in meaningful and innovative ways,” said Francisca Yonekura, Associate Department Head, Learning Systems & Technology at UCF’s Center for Distributed Learning. “We are most grateful for the NMC’s recognition as a Center of Excellence and look forward to forging ahead in our common pursuit of facilitating learning and creativity through the use of new media and technologies.”

Previous Center of Excellence Award Recipients

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Ball State University
  • California State University, Chico
  • California State University System
  • Carleton College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Center for Digital Storytelling
  • Centro Superior para la Enseñaza Virtual
  • City College of New York
  • Full Sail University
  • Houston Community College System
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Kent State University
  • Maricopa Community Colleges
  • Medical College of Ohio
  • Northeastern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Pasadena City College
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Edward’s University
  • Tulane University
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
  • University of British Coumbia
  • University of Calgary
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • University of Nevada
  • The University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Wesleyan University