Mission Integration Award

As the voice for student affairs professionals in Catholic higher education, ASACCU annually presents the Best Practices in Mission Integration awards to highlight and recognize best practices in various student affairs areas. The programs that are recognized each year intentionally articulate Catholic identity as an integral part of a student affairs program. Through the mutual sharing of ideas and their practical applications, ASACCU hopes to foster dialogue to deepen our members’ understanding of the interplay between Catholic identity and the ever-changing complexity of contemporary circumstances and student experiences on our campuses.

The categories for the Mission Integration Awards submissions are:

  • Dean of Students, Residence Life, Health & Wellness, and related
  • Student Activities, Leadership, Orientation, and related
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and related

ASACCU members are invited to submit programs for consideration.  More information on 2022 submission dates will be available January, 2022.  The criteria for evaluation of program submissions consider -

  • Positive impact on student learning
  • Successful demonstration of addressing student or campus needs
  • Originality and creativity
  • Demonstration of at least one of the principles included in ASACCU's Principles of Good Practice
  • Evidence of Catholic identity or mission
  • Practical use of research and/or assessment
  • Program unique to, or original to, your campus (i.e., not a program that is developed by an outside vendor or company)

Guidelines for submissions include -

  • Identification of which of the three categories, listed above, the submissions falls within
  • Description of the program, with the "criteria for evaluation" in mind
  • Impact of the program on students and its relationship to the school's mission
  • Identification of the offices and/or individuals responsible for the program on your campus and for the submission

More specific guidelines for submission will be available in early 2022.

ASACCU will recognize one programs in each of the three categories.  Recipients of the award will -

  • Receive up to two complimentary registrations for the 2022 ASACCU Annual Conference, hosted at the University of Portland, in Summer 2022
  • Be recognized at the Association Meeting during the conference, and
  • Be invited to present a conference session on the program at the 2022 conference

Submissions deadline dates will be available January 2022.

The Mission Integration Steering Committee 2021

  • Josh Clary, Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students, Brescia University
  • Mary Geller, Vice President for Student Development, College of Saint Benedict
  • Dr. Rebecca Sawyer, Vice President, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

ASACCU Mission Integration Awards Past Recipients

Category of Dean of Students, Residence Life, Health & Wellness, and related:

2020:  Providence College
2019:  Assumption College
2018:  Assumption College
2017:  Regis College
2016:  University of Notre Dame
2015:  Loyola University Maryland
2014:  St. Norbert College (Residence Life category)
2014:  University of Notre Dame (Dean of Students category)
2013:  Marquette University (Residence Life category)
2013:  St. John's University (Dean of Students category)
2012:  St Norbert College (Residence Life category)
2012:  University of Dayton (Dean of Students category)

Category of Student Activities, Leadership, Orientation, and related:

2017:  St. Vincent College
2016:  Alvernia University
2015:  St. Vincent College
2014:  St. Norbert College
2013:  Emmanuel College
2012:  Chestnut Hill College

Category of Diversity, Inclusion, and related:
2020:  Villanova University
2019:  Viterbo University
2018:  Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon, and Briar Cliff University

2017:  Siena College
2016:  Loyola Marymount University
2015:  DePaul University