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Posted 6.14.06

The New Media Consortium (NMC), an international consortium of colleges, universities, and museums, today announced the recipients of the 2006 NMC Center of Excellence Awards. The award, the highest honor bestowed by the NMC, recognizes demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement in the application of technology to learning or creative expression.

Symbolized by a specially struck medallion suspended in a translucent obelisk, the Center of Excellence Award has been designed purposefully to make it distinct from other award or recognition programs. Colleges do not compete for the award, nor is it granted within predefined categories. The selection process is based on the MacArthur Awards, and like that program, the nominators and others involved in the selection process remain anonymous as a core principle of the program. They are chosen from organizations both within and outside the NMC, and represent a considerable diversity of knowledge.

“The Center of Excellence Awards, as they have since they were instituted in 2002, celebrate the innovation and creativity that is part of the fabric of every NMC member institution,” said NMC CEO Larry Johnson. “The NMC institutions recognized this year represent the best of our field, and each has had a tremendous history of accomplishment.”

The 2006 NMC Center of Excellence Award recipients are:

Case Western Reserve University, Information Technology Services

Recognized for their leadership and world-class approaches to community-wide collaboration

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Education Department

Recognized for their innovation and creativity in expanding the boundaries of informal learning and how we think about art

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Digital Media Commons

Recognized for their leadership in the use of collaborative technologies and the exemplary support of students and faculty

“The 2006 class of recipients represents the very best of the community of innovators that is the NMC, and each exemplifies the vision that brings us all together,” he continued. “Individually and together, these three institutions exemplify the highest values of the NMC, and each has compiled a history of accomplishment that has helped set the standards in the application of new media forms to teaching, learning, and creative expression.”

In June, NMC held a conference at the Peter B. Lewis Building on Case Western Reserve University's campus.

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The New Media Consortium is an international 501(c)3 not-for-profit consortium of nearly 200 leading colleges, universities, museums, research centers, and other learning organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. The consortium serves as a catalyst for the development of new applications of technology to support learning and creative expression, and sponsors programs and activities designed to stimulate innovation, encourage collaboration, and recognize excellence among its member institutions. Through its many projects, its comprehensive web services and events, and its international conferences, the NMC stimulates dialog and understanding through the exploration of promising ideas, technologies, and applications.

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