Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin accepted the American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation on behalf of Stevens at the council’s 100th annual meeting on Sunday.
The award was created to recognize institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways and achieved dramatic changes in a relatively brief period, Stevens said.
The council invited nominations and applications for the award, under two categories, from any American college or university eligible for council membership. Stevens won for the category of large institutions serving student populations of 5,001 or more and will receive a $10,000 prize.
In 2011, Farvardin spearheaded the development of a 10-year strategic plan that charted the course for Stevens to become a premier, student-centric, technological research university. Stevens has since seen an increase in undergraduate and graduate applications of 156 and 128 percent, respectively.
Saint Peter’s University was named first in the nation for institutional transformation in the in the category of institutions serving student populations up to 5,000.
Since 2012, Saint Peter's enrollment has grown by 20 percent. The university has also expanded academic programs, increased partnerships to promote real-world learning, strengthened career support resulting in more than 91 percent of the Class of 2017 securing jobs or enrolling in post-graduate study within six months of graduation, and improved state-of-the-art facilities such as the Mac Mahon Student Center and the new School of Business.