CCC2NAU earns national award for excellence

CCC2NAU logoNorthern Arizona University and Coconino Community College’s CCC2NAU program is being recognized again for its innovative practices that enhance student access to degrees.

Noel-Levitz, a national consulting firm that specializes in higher education, announced the CCC2NAU program has earned a Lee Noel and Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award for 2012. The award will be presented at the firm’s National Conference on Student Recruitment, Marketing and Retention in Chicago later this month.

CCC2NAU was selected to receive the award for its innovative agreement that has led to increased retention and graduation rates.

“Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College created a ground-breaking example of partnership that focuses on student success,” said NAU President John Haeger. “It has served as a model for additional 2NAU programs and has been duplicated at other state universities and colleges around the country.”

The collaboration with CCC launched a major initiative at Northern Arizona University and has led to 2NAU partnerships with 16 other community colleges that currently serve 1,900 students across the state.

“Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University are excellent examples of how strong working partnerships among higher education institutions improve educational opportunities for all,” said CCC President Leah Bornstein.

CCC2NAU has received several awards including the 2012 Outstanding Institutional Advancement Advising Program Award from the National Academic Advising Association, and the collective 2NAU programs earned the Arizona College Access Network’s 2011 Pathways to Postsecondary Education Award.