Colleagues’ Choice Innovation Award

Call for Submissions

As we look at the state of higher education in 2023, faculty, staff, and institutions are paving the pathways to brighter futures by being more creative and resourceful than ever. The Western Academic Leadership Forum Executive Committee welcomes nominations for the 2023 Colleagues’ Choice Innovation Award.

The purpose of the Colleagues’ Choice Innovation Award is to publicly recognize and elevate the innovative achievements among four-year institutions and systems in the West that advance equity for student success.


Faculty, staff, and administrators at any four-year institution or system in the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education region may nominate an innovative solution created or led by themselves or a peer. For a full list of states and territories in the WICHE region, please visit: https://www.wiche.edu/our-region/


The winning submission will be:
• Recognized at the Annual Meeting and allowed to speak about their innovation. Registration fee and travel up to $1500 will be covered.

The top five submissions will be:
• Highlighted in the Annual Meeting program
• Highlighted in a WICHE press release
• Highlighted on the WICHE/Forum website
• Highlighted in an episode of WICHE’s forthcoming podcast
• Invited to participate in a panel webinar for Forum members in summer 2023

Share your innovations with colleagues!

Deadline: March 10, 2023

What a great way to recognize the contributions of
your talented staff

2022 Colleagues' Choice Award Winner

Eric Link is the provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Dakota which was chosen as the winner of the 2022 Colleagues’ Choice Innovation Award. Link’s submission entitled “Expansion and Promotion of Open Educational Resource(s)” focused on the primary goal of increasing the use of open educational resources saving UND students over $11 million. He is pictured here with Gail Burd, senior vice provost for academic affairs, University of Arizona and Brittany Winkelman, senior relationship manager, TIAA.

Read the Press Release