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ACE Success Plan and Report 2015 -2016
Final Success Plan

  • There was a 31% decrease in incidents reported on the night of VPB sponsored programs.
  • There was a 62.5% decrease in incidents reported during Rites of Spring Weekend.
  • Rites of Spring broke the Single Day Tickets/Weekend Passes attendance record with 9,017 patrons. (previous record 8,948).
  • Rites of Spring broke the ticket gross record with $416,358 (previous $338,725.75).
  • Rites of Spring broke the Single Day Saturday Tickets sold record with 3,273 (previous 1,856).
  • Rites of Spring broke the Single Day Ticket Sales record for individual days with 3,273 (previous 1,856).
  • The alcohol policy that was implemented for the Rites of Spring Music Festival last year continued this year with an overwhelming success.  This new policy eliminated the BYOB 6-pack option.
  • The 2016 IMPACT Symposium included a bestselling Iranian-American author (Azar Nafisi); a Teach For America director who is also active in the Black Lives Matter movement (Brittany Packnett); an Academy Award-nominated/winner filmmaker (Spike Lee); former Speaker of the House relate his own struggle to achieve the American Dream (John Boehner).
  • New performance spaces opened this year to allow practice space for the Vanderbilt Performing Arts Community (VPAC) groups.
  • In order to ensure high quality performances and to limit the amount of performances during SPOTLIGHT, VPAC continued the audition process where groups had to submit an audition video to a review board.
  • There was an increase in minority student applications for our Vanderbilt Programming Board positions which lead to a huge increase in diversity with leadership positions within the Vanderbilt Programming Board Exec and committee membership.
  • The ACE Design team held a Poster exhibit/Info Session to showcase their work for the academic year.
  • The annual SPOTLIGHT performance held by the Vanderbilt Performing Arts Community sold out this year and implemented a second matinee show.
  • There were 23,552 participants that checked in though Anchor Link for Vanderbilt Programming Board events.
  • The newly created Lunch & Learn Series was an overwhelming success and 84% of the participants strongly agreed that they were satisfied with the program and would recommend it to their peers.
  • 98% of incoming transfer students understand the importance of being involved on campus and taking responsibility and initiative for my own growth and development.
  • General public sales for Rites of Spring had an increase of 98%.
  • 372 students applied for leadership positions for Vanderbilt Programing Board.
  • The ACE Design team received 661 design requests, (logos, fliers, t-shirt, poster, banners, table tents, newsletters) which saw a 43% increase from last year.
  • There was a 7% increase for spring enrollment for the Dance Program.

ACE Success Plan and Report 2014 – 2015
Final Success Plan

2014-2015 Highlights
  • 31% decrease in incidents reported on the night of VPB sponsored programs.
  • 62.5% decrease in incidents reported during Rites of Spring Weekend.
  • A new alcohol policy was implemented for the Rites of Spring Music Festival and eliminated the BYOB 6-pack option.
  • 13.11% increase in student ticket sales for Commodore Quake and a10.5% increase for Rites of Spring.
  • 150% increase in applications received for Vanderbilt Programing Board leadership positions.
  • There was an increase in minority student applications for our Vanderbilt Programming Board positions.
  • 13.37% increase in our social media presence with our followers (Twitter).
  • There were 32,591 participants that checked in though Anchor Link for Vanderbilt Programming Board events.
  • The sold out 2015 IMPACT Symposium included award-winning playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, ESPN host Stephen A. Smith and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • General public sales for Rites of Spring had an increase of 24.40%.
  • The newly created Lunch & Learn Series was an overwhelming success and 89% of the participants strongly agreed that they were satisfied with the program and would recommend it to their peers.

Program Summaries

Vanderbilt Programming Board (VPB) is comprised of the six largest programming organizations on campus. The purpose of VPB is to sponsor, integrate, and provide social, cultural, educational, recreational, and multicultural activities at Vanderbilt:

  • CityVU provides Vanderbilt students with opportunities to explore Nashville, TN. 
  • Homecoming activities unite undergraduates, graduates, alumni and the greater Nashville community under the umbrella of pride and excitement for Vanderbilt University.
  • The Music Group is a student concert committee that plans, publicizes, and produces several concerts a year for students of Vanderbilt and the Nashville community. Events typically include a spring and fall concert, Commodore Quake and the Rites of Spring.
  • Vanderbilt University Speakers Committee has the responsibility of enhancing the quality of student life and the Vanderbilt educational experience by attracting and presenting distinguished speakers to the University.
  • Vandy Fanatics is the student organization dedicated to promoting school spirit by sponsoring events for the entire Vanderbilt community. Events are planned and programmed to encourage attendance at athletic events, support student athletes, and create and uphold traditions surrounding Vanderbilt athletics.
  • The VenUe brings late night, unique, interactive, and fun programming to Vanderbilt’s campus. VenUe programs are typically offered one Friday per month and are either free of charge or offered at a reduced rate to all Vanderbilt students and community members.

Looking Forward
In the 2015-2016 academic year, ACE hopes to:

  • increase the amount of minority applicants for leadership and committee positions in our programs
  • continue to develop a culture of assessment and evaluation for student leaders that will hold them individually accountable and accountable for their programs
  • provide opportunities for the Vanderbilt Programming Board and Vanderbilt Performing Arts Community to work together and collaborate on programming
  • increase attendance at our major programs by 3%
  • ensure all programming groups are fiscally responsible.