OCPA Innovative Program



The Innovative Program Award is presented annually by OCPA to a student affairs professional who has initiated a new program or unique approach to a college policy, program, or problem. Through this award, OCPA recognizes innovative and effective approaches directed towards meeting the changing needs of students on the campus and the applicability of these approaches to other campuses.

The selection criteria for the Innovative Program Award are as follows:

  • Addresses a challenging situation and/or specific campus concern or need.
  • Provides an explanation of how the program or policy addressed the identified concern or need.
  • Provides a description of how the policy or program could be implemented on other campuses.

Past Recipients

1982

Steve Miller, Hocking Technical College

1983

N/A

1984

Maximizing Residence Hall Space, Ashland University

1985

Wellness Center, Bowling Green State University

1986

Peter Rea, Baldwin-Wallace College

1987

The Wellness Book of Records, Ohio University

1988

Area Residence Life Conference

1989

OU-START, Ohio University

1990 Student Affairs Intern Program, Ashland University
1991 S.P.R.O.U.T., Single Parents Reaching Out for Unassisted Tomorrow’s, Baldwin Wallace College
1992 S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Students Utilizing Co-Curricular Experiences toSharpen Skills, Ashland University
1993 Student Ambassador Program, Columbus State University
1994 Building a Community of Respect, Ashland University
1995 University SEEDS Program, Kent State University
1996 Problems in Contemporary Communities: A New Approach to Linking Services with the Western Curriculum, Scott Markland
1997 Residence Life Assistants, Ashland University
1998 N/A
1999 Welcome to CSU Week, Cleveland State University
2000 Talkin’ in the Halls, Ashland University
2001 Greek Value Society, Miami University
2002 Greek Leadership Conference, Capital University
2003 First Year Challenge, Cleveland State University
2004 The New Diversity Initiative, Baldwin Wallace University
2005 "Imagine 2004" Conference, Kent State University
2006 FOCUS Center, Cleveland State University
2007 N/A
2008-201
2012 The Women's Circle at The Ohio State University
2013 N/A
2014 Open Doors Program, The Ohio State University
2015 Peer-Student Conduct Process, Urbana University, Mitch Joseph
2016 Wellness Coaching, The Ohio State University
2017 The Productivity Circle, Denison University
2018 Weaver Wednesday, Kenyon College
2019 Oh-Wooo Program, Ohio Wesleyan University
2020 Business Ready Program, Kent State University, Andrew Weyand
2021