The Plater Award is given in recognition of exemplary leadership of an AASCU chief academic officer in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates through programs and activities that encourage greater knowledge, skills, experiences, and reflection about the role of
citizens in a democracy.
The award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition. At the awardee’s discretion, the award can also be presented at a suitable occasion on the recipient’s campus, ordinarily in the fall semester following selection.
The Plater Award was established in 2006 by AASCU in collaboration with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in appreciation for the leadership of
William M. Plater, who served as the chief academic officer of IUPUI from 1987 through 2006. IUPUI generously agreed to endow the Plater Award for 15 years.
During his term, Bill Plater oversaw the development of civic engagement as an integral part of the campus mission and as a defining characteristic of its graduates, thus helping IUPUI win recognition among peers as a national leader. Through his writing, speaking and public advocacy, Plater also helped extend universities’ understanding of their collective responsibility as “Stewards of Place,” while connecting them with the larger regional, national and global communities of which they are also a part.
Director, The American Democracy Project