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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 tops "Most Innovative Schools" list in U.S. News and World Report

Alverno is ranked No. 1 on the list of “Most Innovative Schools” among Regional Universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 America’s Best Colleges guidebook, the 15th consecutive year the College has been recognized in the report's annual rankings. Colleges in this new category are recognized for“making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.” Alverno is also ranked in the top five Midwest Regional Universities for its “strong commitment to teaching.” In the six-year history of this category, Alverno is the only Wisconsin college to annually receive this recognition in the Midwest Regional standings. 

Alverno was also recognized for “Ethnic Diversity.” Schools nominated in this category are recognized as colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from a different ethnic group than their own.

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, 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.

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 during 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 Milwaukee-area woman leader who, through her words, actions and attitude, inspires those who work with and around her and serves as a role model for future generations of leaders.

Legacy Award

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

Outstanding Achievement Award

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

Margo Yukovich Education Award

Judeen Schulte, former dean of the JoAnn McGrath 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 Meehan was honored with Professional Dimensions' highest award, the Sacagawea Award, presented annually to two exceptional area women leaders.