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Islander Alumna, Professor Nominated for Prestigious Education Award for Their Campus Community Index

July 14, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Gloria Davila, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) alumna, and Dr. Randall Bowden, TAMU-CC Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction, have been nominated for the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Education for their work on the development of the Campus Community Index, a new and unique instrument used to measure student engagement on college and university campuses.

Davila, who received her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in fall 2015, completed her dissertation, “The Development of the Campus Community Index: Calling Campus Home or Calling it Quits,” with Bowden serving as Dissertation Chair. Both Davila and Bowden were nominated for the award by Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The Grawemeyer Awards program at the University of Louisville pays tribute to the power of creative ideas and their impact on the world. The 2017 award recipients will be chosen on Dec. 1, 2016.

The Grawemeyer Award in Education is intended to help disseminate, review and implement ideas that have the potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and advances in educational attainment. This award is accompanied by a $100,000 prize and will be presented during an April 2017 awards ceremony, where recipients will discuss their award-winning works before lecture-attending students, faculty, staff and community members.

The awards were created by Charles Grawemeyer, an industrialist, entrepreneur, astute investor and philanthropist, to inspire, honor and nurture achievements in areas such as music composition, education, religion and psychology.