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Awards & Recognition

At Alverno, we measure success in how our students live their lives. We also carefully listen to what our colleagues say about our contributions to education. Check out what others are saying about us.

Alverno’s teacher program is “a shining star.”

Just ask U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

At a speech at Columbia University in New York City, Duncan singled out our teacher education program as a “shining star.” In his speech, Duncan spotlighted Alverno as a school that does an exemplary job of training and preparing teachers for their work in the classroom. “Alverno requires rigorous field experience in public schools and has faculty and local principals assess videotapes of student-teachers. Eighty-five percent of Alverno graduates are still in the classroom five years after graduation -- an extremely high retention rate,” Duncan said.

Alverno College consistently rates among the region’s top liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college guide.

Alverno College was ranked in the top four Midwest schools for its “strong commitment to teaching” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 America’s Best Colleges guidebook. In the three year history of this category, Alverno College is the only Wisconsin college to receive this recognition in the Midwest Regional standings each year. 

College presidents, provosts and admissions deans were asked to “identify schools where the faculty have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This marks the twelfth consecutive year U.S. News & World Report has recognized Alverno in its annual rankings.

In addition, Alverno has been listed 29 times in the highly respected U.S. News & World Report standings since 1983.

Award for world-class quality

TIAA-CREF recognizes institutions with the prestigious Hesburgh Award because they know that “an energized faculty is key to educational excellence.” We think so, too. And we were proud of our faculty when they received this award. After all, enhancing undergraduate teaching is at the core of our existence.

The MacArthur Fellows Program is a big deal when its award winners are released annually across the country. That is, after all, why they call it the “Genius Award.” The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation only issues 20 to 40 awards annually. At Alverno, we were a recipient of this award for our distinctive approach to liberal arts education. 

Teaching innovations lauded

Our unique ability-based learning and assessment-as-learning approach to education has been chronicled nationally in TIME magazine, the New York Times, USA Today and U.S. News & World Report over the past decade.

Emphasis on civic responsibility and valuing

The Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values praised Alverno for our outstanding practice relevant to the field of college students’ character and values development.

For 30 years, we have emphasized values to our students. At Alverno, we teach our students how to analyze and understand how values play a pivotal role in the decision-making process.

Consulted with Three U.S. Presidential Administrations

We've been called upon to consult with three U.S. Presidential Administrations on accountability and outcomes in higher education.

Alverno College is a place where women lead, inspire and achieve. These women are recognized for their invaluable qualities that we and our students benefit from every day. Here are some examples of recognition of the College’s brightest stars:

Women of Influence Award

President Mary J. Meehan received The Women of Influence Award (Inspiration category) from The Business Journal. This award honors a woman leader who, through her words, actions and attitude, inspires those who work with and around her. This award is presented to Milwaukee-area women who exercise power and influence within their industry and serve as role models for future generations of leaders.

Legacy Award

President Meehan also received the Legacy Award from Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services. It honored her for striving to empower adults through education.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Kathleen O’Brien, senior vice president for academic affairs for Alverno College, received the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership. This statewide organization works to increase the number and effectiveness of women in colleges and universities in Wisconsin. O’Brien is a role model who leads with courage, compassion, intelligence and patience.

Margo Yukovich Education Award

Judeen Schulte, former dean of the School of Nursing, was honored with the Margo Yukovich Education Award from the Milwaukee District Nurses Association. The award noted Schulte’s “deep student-centeredness” as a key factor in her receiving the honor.

Sacagawea Award

President Mary J. Meehan was honored with Professional Dimensions highest award, the Sacagawea Award. The award is presented annually to two exceptional women leaders in the area.