Innovation of the Year Award Honors Community College Educators and Innovative Programs That Serve Students


Established over 30 years ago, the League’s Innovation of the Year Award was devised as a way to recognize significant innovations at League Board and Alliance member colleges. These innovations reflect capstone achievements and the spirit of innovation and experimentation upon which the League was founded. This award is designed to recognize innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the ability of institutions to serve students and the community and to honor the faculty, staff, and administrators who have created and implemented them. Granting this award provides a venue for showcasing these innovations and the dedicated community college educators who strive for excellence daily.

League Board and Alliance institutions submit a wide spectrum of innovative initiatives undertaken within the academic year. In 2018, the League recognized 46 League Alliance and Board colleges for their innovative projects and achievements.

One of this year’s winners was a team of students at Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education who developed a 3-D Virtual Reality Rehabilitation (VR Rehab) System to aid the elderly population with physical disabilities to undergo therapy in the comfort of their homes. Another League Alliance member, Montgomery County Community College, researched, designed, and constructed an efficient hydrogen fuel cell vehicle.   

League Board and Alliance member colleges determine their own eligibility criteria and selection protocol, and each college or system submits their winning Innovation of the Year through our online system. One winner will be accepted for each college or district.

The designated Innovation of the Year Award contact at each institution is responsible for administering this award and submitting names. If you are interested in nominating a capstone project and those educators responsible for it, please contact your president or chancellor to find out who the primary contact is at your college.

The League invites submissions for next year’s awards February 26 through May 1, 2019. Visit the League website’s Innovation of the Year Award page to learn more about the criteria and nomination process.