A Trophy Takes a Trip Around the Campus

In mid-December a trophy from the APLU was reason to celebrate UCR's 2016 “Project Degree Completion Award”

CNAS celebrates the APLU award on Dec. 15, 2016. Carrie Rosema

The glass trophy awarded to UC Riverside by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) made its way to several colleges and departments where teams celebrated the national recognition.

On Nov. 13 APLU announced that UCR had won the 2016 “Project Degree Completion Award” for innovation in boosting graduation rates. UCR’s four-year graduation rates in 2015 reached 53 percent, and six-year graduation rates were 73 percent – up 11 percent and 7 percent, respectively, from four years earlier.

An independent panel of seven judges determined that UC Riverside was the winner after a thorough review and interview process.

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox and Provost Paul J. D’Anieri traveled throughout the university on Dec. 15 and 16 to present the trophy — and thank the staff and faculty for their contributions to helping students succeed. The trophy is a reflection of many years of work for the entire campus, D’Anieri and Wilcox told the teams.

The trophy made its rounds in a Stanley Cup style, with a focus on letting every member of the team hold the trophy and take its measure. Each visit included pastries and coffee. The visits were with the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; The Bourns College of Engineering; the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; the Office of Undergraduate Education; and the Division of Student Affairs.

“This is the biggest award for improving graduation rates that exists, and UCR won it,” D’Anieri said. “We want to say thanks on behalf of the university of course, but also on behalf of the students who have college degrees because of what you’ve done.”



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