Compiled by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education the Sustainable Campus Index pulls together a list of top performers in each of the sections of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report. It also recognizes institutions with exceptional, innovative sustainability practices that do not fit into the standard credits of the STARS report. According to the AASHE Sustainable Campus Index, programs featured as institutional highlights were "selected by a team of AASHE staff based on the level of innovation and overall impact in advancing sustainability, potential for replicability, and the added impacts this would present."
The Wokini Initiative was recognized for its innovative structure to support American Indian students. Wokini Initiative programs include hiring an American Indian student recruiter, scholarships for students, grants for faculty and staff, and cultural competence trainings.