July 1, 2024

35 Institutions Recognized for Excellence in Education and Innovation in the 2024 Anthology Catalyst Awards

Boca Raton, Fla.– July 1, 2024— Anthology, the leading provider of education solutions that support the entire learner lifecycle, today announced the winners of the 2024 Catalyst Awards. The awards recognize and honor those driving innovation and excellence within higher education. Winners are recognized across 8 categories and selected by a cross-functional team of Anthology experts and represent the very best in their field. 

This year, 35 winners were selected from among 108 nominees from institutions across 19 countries. Honorees will be recognized at the upcoming Anthology Together conference, one of the world's largest EdTech conferences, taking place July 15-17 in Orlando, Florida. 

"The Catalyst Awards celebrate what’s at the heart of higher education and technology – working together to drive student success. It’s inspiring to see the creative programs and remarkable outcomes," said Bruce Dahlgren, Chief Executive Officer at Anthology. "I am personally honored to work with such an incredible community of innovators and educators as we partner together to deliver bold solutions to meet the needs of students and those who support them.” 

The 2024 Anthology Catalyst Award winners by category: 

Assessment & Institutional Effectiveness: This award recognizes institutions that have successfully grown in their assessment practices and influenced positive behavioral changes using Anthology solutions. 

  • Keiser University - Online Division, United States of America: The Online Academic Team - Sherry Olsen, Neha Prakash, and Marcel Laronde 
  • Odessa College, United States of America: Institutional Effectiveness Division - Connie May 
  • University of Cincinnati, United States of America: Traci Steehler 
  • University of the District of Columbia, United States of America: The Center for the Advancement of Learning & The Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: This award honors those institutions leveraging technology to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging practices using Anthology solutions to ensure that their services are fully inclusive and supportive of all learners. 

  • Grupo Ser Educacional, Brazil: EaD Management - Janyo Diniz, Joaldo Diniz, Enzo Moreira, Francislene Hasmann, and Sergio Murilo 
  • University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain: Dr. Mazen Ali 
  • University of Derby, United Kingdom: PLT: Digital Learning and Online Content Team 
  • University of Illinois Chicago, United States of America: Landen Dixon 

Institutional Advancement: This award recognizes institutions that have made significant changes to enhance the alumni and donor experience using Anthology solutions. 

  • Morehead State University, United States of America: Alumni Relations & Development: Jessi Ferguson, Allie Rayburn, and Sherry Surmont 
  • University of Louisville, United States of America: Communications & Marketing - Jessica Watts and Natalie Tracy 
  • University of Washington, United States of America: University Advancement 

Leading Change: This award recognizes institutions at the forefront of educational innovation that have used Anthology solutions to implement transformational initiatives that generate change on campus and in their academic ecosystems, with measurable results. 

  • Central Michigan University, United States of America: The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support - Marnie Roestel 
  • Grand Valley State University, United States of America: GVSU eLearning Technologies 
  • Northumbria University, University of Southampton, College of DuPage, and WSU Tech, United Kingdom and United States of America. International Ally User Group: Kristen McCartney-Bulmer, Northumbria University; Matthew Deeprose, University of Southampton; Krystal Iseminger, WSU Tech; and Lara Tompkins, College of Du Page  
  • Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Deanship of eLearning and Distance Learning - Dr. Muneerah B. Almahasheer 
  • Mapúa Malayan Colleges Laguna, Philippines: Mapúa Laguna 4Cers - Dr. Dodjie S. Maestrecampo, Anthony Hilmer S. Medrano, Maribel G. Songsong, Dr. Ramachandra C. Torres, Christian Dominic V. Kare, and John Mark L. Almarez 

Student Experience: This award recognizes institutions leveraging technology to develop educational and administrative innovations that positively influence the total learner experience – outside and inside the classroom – and improve operational efficiency. 

  • California Polytechnic State University, United States of America: Division of Student Affairs 
  • Edge Hill University, United Kingdom: Learning Design and Student Life Teams 
  • Marshall University, United States of America: Enrollment Management - Dr. Jerry Ross, Dr. Beverly Boggs, and Nathan Miller 
  • Sam Houston State University, United States of America: Student Involvement - Dr. Meredith Conrey and Emily Figueroa 
  • The University of Memphis, United States of America: Dr. MK Tyler 

Student Success: This award recognizes institutions whose innovative use of Anthology solutions has led to increased retention, increased completion, or improved outcomes through the implementation of new academic and administrative resources, data analytics solutions, scalable advising and intervention strategies and student support programs. 

  • Bellevue University, United States of America: College of Engineering, Technology and Management - Dr. Matthew Davis, Rebecca Barnes, and Nathan Kraft 
  • Jenison Innovation Academy (JIA), United States of America: JIA Leadership Team - Cameron Kuiper, Dr. Rebekah Redmer, and Krista Osterberg 
  • Northern Border University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Deanship of E-Learning and Knowledge Resources - Dr. Saud Abdul Mohsen Al-Muqahim, Dr. Sultan Munadi Al-Anazi, and Dr. Ghanim Tawash AlAnazi  
  • University of Florida, George Mason University, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States of America:  Shared Metacognition Team: Dr: Larisa Olesova, University of Florida; David Miller, George Mason University; and Dr. Ayesha Sadaf, University of North Carolina Charlotte 

Teaching & Learning: This award recognizes institutions that have used Anthology solutions in innovative ways to advance learning. 

  • Beacon Red, United Arab Emirates: Knowledge Systems Team - Phil Burgess, Sean McGuinness, Anurag Patel, and Jimmy Joseph 
  • Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: E-Learning Center - Abdullah Farhan Aljably and Abdullah Aldukhayyel 
  • The University of Texas at El Paso, United States of America: The Center for Instructional Design 
  • Universidad Abierta Interamericana, Argentina: Faculty of Information Technology - Dr. Marcelo Edgardo De Vincenzi Zemborain, Nicolás Battaglia, and Dr. Carlos Neil 
  • Western Kentucky University, United States of America: IDST 100 Course Development Team - Catie Weaver, Alicia Pennington, Ara Sprouse, and Brittney Sholar  

Training & Professional Development: This award recognizes institutions that display an organization-wide dedication to innovative training and development programs for their educators and staff. 

  • William Paterson University, United States of America: The Center for Teaching with Technology - Dr. Jae Kim
  • Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Peru: Diseño de entornos de aprendizaje DEA - DADO Team - Jessica Vlasica, Milagros Suyo, and Nancy Olmos
  • University of Central Oklahoma, United States of America: Center for eLearning and Connected Environments - Darren Denham
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa: E-Education Group
  • Wichita State University, United States of America: Office of Instructional Resources

For more information on the 2024 Catalyst Award winners, the full list of nominees, and complete category descriptions, please visit www.anthology.com/catalystawards.

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