Ellucian Impact Award

The Ellucian Impact Award celebrates the higher education visionaries who are inspiring others to push the boundaries of technology and innovation. The annual award recognizes an institution using technology to solve challenges, operate more efficiently, and offer a better student experience.

How it works

Is your institution innovating to enhance the student and constituent experience? Has your campus undergone digital transformation? Has your institution used data to better inform decision-making? Have the changes you’ve made influenced the higher education community at large?

Share your stories and be recognized for your institution’s impact on higher education technology.

Customers can nominate themselves for an award or can be nominated by others inspired by their work. Nominations were accepted from October 14, 2019 through December 6, 2019.

Internal and external panels will review nominations to select a winner and finalists. The award recipients will be publicly announced and showcased at Ellucian Live Online 2020.

The Impact Award nomination window is now closed.

Ellucian Impact Award

The Ellucian Impact Award

Share your story and be recognized for your institution’s impact on higher education technology. Nominate your institution for the annual Ellucian Impact Award.

2019 winner and finalist videos

Impact Award video


The Ellucian Impact Award winner will receive:

  • $25,000 institution grant
  • Engraved trophy
  • Promotion through Ellucian’s website, social media channels, and marketing campaigns

The Ellucian Impact Award finalist will receive:

  • $5,000 institution grant
  • Engraved trophy
  • Promotion through Ellucian’s website, social media channels, and marketing campaigns

Important Dates

October 14, 2019—Nomination window opens

December 6, 2019, 5 p.m. ET—Deadline for submissions

Summer 2020—Winners and finalists notified

Fall 2020—Winners and finalists announced at Ellucian Live Online 2020



Did your initiative have a unique vision demonstrating innovation and creativity?

Transformation and modernization

Have you undergone a significant digital transformation effort at your institution? Have you optimized existing technology and improved integration? Have you moved to the cloud?

Data-driven decision making

Did your institution apply data and analytics to gain greater insights and inform decision-making? What were the outcomes?

Impact on institution and student experience

How is technology impacting your institution? Are you improving the experience of your students, staff, and constituents? Does your data show increased productivity or cost savings? Have you been successful in change management?

Community and influence

Have your technology practices impacted the higher education community at large?


*Reportable metrics are imperative. Results can be quantifiable or anecdotal, but more measurable results and examples will result in higher scores.


The Ellucian Impact Award is open to all current Ellucian customers. Institutions must complete and submit the entry form no later than December 6, 2019, 5 p.m. ET. All eligible institutions are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

An internal Ellucian committee will evaluate all submissions. Top entries will advance to a panel of Ellucian Customer Council members representing select Ellucian customers. The decisions of that committee are final. Customer Council members representing any nominated institution will not participate in the evaluation of award submissions.

All winners and finalists agree, as a condition of their receipt of the award, to allow Ellucian to use their image, name, and nomination information in any marketing materials, media, and other forms of publicity, without further permission or compensation. Participant(s) affirm that they have the right to use all materials and personal information included in their submission packets.

It is incumbent upon the institution or individual to confirm there is no prohibition imposed on the institution or individual, either by statute or institutional policy or practice, that would preclude the institution or individual from accepting the award.

All participants agree to be bound by these terms and by the decisions of Ellucian, including but not limited to decisions regarding eligibility and award recipients, which are final and binding in all respects. Ellucian reserves the right to revise, suspend, or cancel this award program in its sole discretion.

Ellucian will maintain the privacy of any personal information provided with your application as described in its Privacy Statement. Ellucian may use the personal information you provide to send you communications about the award process and related promotional activities. Ellucian will maintain the personal information you provide for up to three years unless a longer period is required for legal or regulatory requirements.

Previous Award Winners

2019 Impact Award Winners


Mercer County Community College

Saint Peter's University

Wake Technical Community College

2019 Impact Award Finalists


Bakersfield College

Edinboro University

Georgia State University

Previous EllumiNation Award Winners

  • 2018 Technology Award: Oral Roberts University
  • 2017 Campus Award: Elon University
  • 2016 Campus Award: Old Dominion University

  • 2018 Community Award: Oregon State University Foundation, Mark Koenig
  • 2017 Community Award: Simpson College, Kelley Bradder
  • 2016 Community Award: University of San Diego, Avi Badwal

  • 2018 Executive Award: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Dr. Mary Graham
  • 2017 Executive Award: American University of the Middle East, Vinod Vyas
  • 2016 Executive Award: Belhaven University, Virginia Henderson

Contact Information

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