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


 2019-20  Andrew Weyand for the Business Ready Program, Kent State University.
 2018-19  Oh-Wooo Program, Ohio Wesleyan University
 2017-18  Weaver Wednesday, Kenyon College
 2016-17  The Productivity Circle, Denison University
 2015-16  Wellness Coaching, The Ohio State University
 2014-15  Mitch Joseph for the Urbana University Student Conduct Process, Urbana University
 2013-14  Open Doors Program, The Ohio State University  
 2012-13  Not Awarded
 2011-12  The Women's Circle at The Ohio State University
 2008-11  Not Awarded
 2007-08  Extreme Makeover, Ashland University
 2006-07  Not Awarded
 2005-06  FOCUS Center, Cleveland State University
 2004-05  "Imagine 2004" Conference, Kent State University
 2003-04  The New Diversity Initiative, Baldwin Wallace University
 2002-03  First Year Challenge, Cleveland State University
 2001-02  Greek Leadership Conference, Capital University
 2000-01  Greek Value Society, Miami University
 1999-00  Talkin’ in the Halls, Ashland University
 1998-99  Welcome to CSU Week, Cleveland State University 
 1997-98  Not Awarded
 1996-97  Residence Life Assistants, Ashland University

 Problems in Contemporary Communities:

A New Approach to Linking Services with the Western Curriculum, Scott Markland

 1994-95  University SEEDS Program, Kent State University
 1993-94  Building a Community of Respect, Ashland University
 1992-93  Student Ambassador Program, Columbus State University
 1991-92  S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Students Utilizing Co-Curricular Experiences to Sharpen Skills, Ashland University
 1990-91  S.P.R.O.U.T., Single Parents Reaching Out for Unassisted Tomorrow’s, Baldwin Wallace College
 1989-90  Student Affairs Intern Program, Ashland University
 1988-99  OU-START, Ohio University
 1987-88  Area Residence Life Conference
 1986-87  The Wellness Book of Records, Ohio University
 1985-86  Peter Rea, Baldwin-Wallace College
 1984-85  Wellness Center, Bowling Green State University
 1983-84  Maximizing Residence Hall Space, Ashland University
 1982-83  Not Awarded
1981-82 Steve Miller, Hocking Technical College