IELTS USA Best Practices Award

Best Practices in International Enrollment Management Award
IELTS USA recognizes colleges and universities that are taking collaborative measures to lay the foundation to ensure they are ready to meet the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students


2020 Award Recipients: University of Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

SEAS 360 has been a standout success in addressing a need identified by students, faculty, alumni, and partners in the industry - the input of these stakeholders is a critical component in the development and continued evolution towards refinement.

English language proficiency is vital for the sociocultural adjustment of international students, therefore it should influence the student services offered on campus. 

IELTS understands the profound impact tests can have on the success of individuals and organizations that rely on English proficiency scores to make decisions, therefore, the IELTS USA Best Practices Award recognizes outstanding International Enrollment Management models that have provided a seamless educational experience for international students. It considers areas including academic and socioemotional support, mentoring, career development, language support, and cultural enrichment.

The following exemplifies the spirit of this award:

  • Admissions team partners with ESL staff to develop an extended orientation program to acclimate international students prior to arrival on campus
  • Admissions, International Student and Scholars Office, and Academic Advisors form a task force to share data and address academic and acculturation challenges for international students
  • Academic departments, Career Services, and ESL host a joint career boot camp for students and employers in support of career readiness

We are eager to celebrate the unique way(s) you are employing a ‘whole-institution’ approach to foster international student success at your institution. Learn more about applying.

  • NAFSA registration and Global Partner presentation opportunity for two
  • Plaque to be awarded at IELTS USA’s NAFSA Global Partner session
  • Recognition through a program synopsis in IELTS USA’s newsletter and social media channels
  • Participation in a featured webinar sponsored by IELTS USA.
  • Applicants must be employed by an accredited, degree-granting higher education institution in the US or US territories that accepts IELTS
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate collaboration among 2 or more departments; one of the departments must predominantly support/advise international students
  • The selection committee is made up of IELTS USA’s Higher Education Advisory Council members, therefore, applicants employed at the same institution are not eligible;  you can find a list of current Advisory Committee members here

Complete the IELTS USA Best Practices Award application which includes a demographics form, an essay between 700 and 1000 words, and a letter of endorsement from the Chief Enrollment Manager or Chief International Officer.

The application will be made available on October 4, 2021.

The selection committee will evaluate proposals based on the following four criteria:

  1. The degree of innovation in the institution’s approach
  2. The extent of institutional collaboration and commitment
  3. Relevant impact on the student population
  4. Qualitative and/or quantitative research that supports outcomes
  • Application available - October 4, 2021
  • Application deadline - January 28, 2022
  • Application review - February 2022
  • Award notification - March 2022
  • NAFSA presentation - May 29, 2022 - June 9, 2022