To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi established its Excellence in Innovation Award in 2014 to recognize colleges and universities for their achievements in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national, or global challenges, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging innovation in higher education.
Beginning in 2016, Phi Kappa Phi will present this biennial award of $100,000 to an institution that demonstrates best practice in implementing and assessing innovative programs or services, irrespective of resources invested.
The Excellence in Innovation Award will recognize one institution of higher learning that uses innovative and substantive solutions to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to improve the lives of others and create systemic large-scale change.
The successful college or university will have a sustained model program or service that both demonstrates transformative results and reflects the values of Phi Kappa Phi. Ideal institutional candidates are those who have a reputation for and commitment to excellence in higher education consistent with the history and mission of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
|September 1, 2015||Announcement letter sent to college and university presidents and chief academic officers|
|September 10, 2015||Application portal opens at phikappaphi.org|
|December 10, 2015||Deadline for submission – application portal closes|
|March 2016||Semifinalists invited to submit portfolios|
|April 2016||Finalists announced|
|May 2016||Inaugural award recipient announced|
|July 29-30, 2016||Phi Kappa Phi biennial convention in Atlanta – recipient institution will be showcased|
- All regionally accredited baccalaureate or higher degree-granting four-year colleges or universities in the United States (or located outside the US that have an active chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi) are eligible to apply.
- Only one submission per institution will be accepted.
- Submission must include the signatures of the university president/chancellor and provost/chief academic officer.
The recipient of the award will be determined through a two-step online process:Screening – An institution will submit:
- An abstract or brief narrative describing how their project demonstrates innovation and has led to large-scale transformative change.
- A summary of the types of evidence documenting project impact that will be included if the institution is selected as a semifinalist and invited to submit a project portfolio.
- A copy of its most recent letter of accreditation.
ΦΚΦ Award History
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was founded at the University of Maine in 1897. Its mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.
In 1931 the Society introduced its first award to members in the form of fellowships for graduate study. In 1969 the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation was established to provide an endowment for the awards programs. Additional awards created since 1973 include:
- National Scholar, Artist, and Distinguished Service awards
- Study abroad grants for students on member campuses
- Love of learning awards (the Society’s motto) for post-baccalaureate members
- Literacy grants
- Dissertation fellowships
Currently the Society awards 51 $5,000 fellowships and 6 $15,000 fellowships annually to students beginning graduate study. The total of all awards for the 2014-2016 biennium is $1.16 million.