Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education Announces 2023-2024 Excellence Awards Winners

The Strategic Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) is proud to announce the winners of the 2023-2024 Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in higher education across the state. These prestigious awards honor institutions, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to excellence, innovation, and community impact.

This year’s awards ceremony, held virtually due to ongoing public health guidelines, brought together leaders and representatives from Ohio’s diverse higher education landscape. The event celebrated the tireless efforts of those working to advance academic quality, promote student success, and strengthen partnerships that benefit the state as a whole.

“The SOCHE Excellence Awards are a testament to the incredible work being done by Ohio’s higher education community,” said Dr. Maria Markovic, SOCHE president. “Despite the challenges of the past year, our awardees have shown remarkable dedication to their students, their institutions, and the people of Ohio. They truly embody the spirit of excellence that drives our state forward.”

Awardees were selected through a rigorous process, with nominations reviewed by a panel of higher education experts. Criteria included demonstration of excellence in teaching, research, service, innovation, and community engagement, as well as contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The 2023-2024 SOCHE Excellence Awards winners represent a cross-section of Ohio’s higher education sector, from community colleges to research universities. They are shining examples of the power of higher education to transform lives, fuel economic growth, and enrich communities.

As Ohio looks to the future, the work of these Excellence Award winners will be instrumental in shaping a brighter, more prosperous path forward for the state. SOCHE is proud to recognize their achievements and celebrate the excellence that defines Ohio higher education.