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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
June 8, 2016

CASE Announces 2016 Circle of Excellence Award Recipients

Institutions Worldwide Recognized for Best Practices in Advancement

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education today announced the winners of its 2016 Circle of Excellence awards.

The international competition honors outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing at colleges, universities, independent schools and affiliated nonprofits.

The competition received 3,356 entries for consideration in nearly 100 categories from more than 713 higher education institutions, independent schools and affiliated organizations located worldwide. More than 350 entries were considered for the CASE Platinum Categories.

Peer professionals at schools, colleges and universities as well as professionals from outside of education judged the entries and awarded 323 awards to 185 institutions as follows: 103 bronze; 119 silver, 83 gold and 18 grand gold. In addition, CASE recognized eight platinum winners.

A list of award winners from the current year's competition is available at www.case.org/circle. Judges' reports, which outline the strengths and weaknesses of each category and why particular entries were chosen for recognition, are also posted on the website.

"CASE is pleased that the number of entries continues to grow each year but, more important, is the increase in the quality and creativity of these entries year after year," says Brian Flahaven, senior director for advocacy at CASE. "Our Circle of Excellence judges tell us that they are impressed with the outstanding work happening at institutions across the globe. The value of these winning entries to the advancement profession overall is significant."

Made up of several of CASE's long-time recognition programs, the Circle of Excellence awards program, in its present configuration, was introduced in 1994.

About CASE

CASE believes in advancing education to transform lives and society. As a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions, CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and government relations. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.

CASE has offices in Washington, D.C., London, Singapore and Mexico City. Member institutions include more than 3,700 colleges and universities, primary and secondary independent and international schools, and nonprofit organizations in 82 countries. CASE serves nearly 88,000 practitioners. For more information about CASE, please visit www.case.org.