Siena Heights was recognized as a "Champions of Character" Silver Level Five-Star Institution for the 2016-17 academic year, as announced by the NAIA recently.
SHU maintained its previous status from the 2015-16 academic year with a Silver Level Ranking. Siena Heights has been recognized 15 of the 16 years since the award's inception in 2001, missing only the 2003-2004 academic year.
The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference was one of 18 conferences recognized as a "Champions of Character" Five-Star Conference. Other schools in the WHAC named Five-Star Institutions were Concordia, Indiana Tech, UM-Dearborn, Cornerstone, Lourdes, Madonna, Northwestern Ohio, Aquinas and Rochester.
The Champions of Character initiative was started in 2000. The Champions of Character Institution award was introduced for the 2001-2002 academic year. The award recognized NAIA Institutions for their demonstration of the five Champions of Character values on and off campus. When the Champions of Character Scorecard was introduced in the 2009-2010 academic year the award was renamed the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award. Gold, Silver and Bronze Award levels were introduced for the 2013-2014 academic year.