Drs. Nancy Gallavan, Patty Kohler-Evans, and Angela Webster-Smith received the Innovation in Teacher Education Award from the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Education (SRATE) during its conference that was held in Little Rock, October 2012. The Innovation in Teacher Education Award was established to recognize and honor outstanding education programs for “innovative approaches” and is given annually. The awards committee commented that “the University of Central Arkansas’s College of Education Lighthouse Beacon Initiative certainly reflects the purpose and power of this SRATE award”. The Lighthouse Beacons was established by the awardees to serve struggling students, particularly first-generation college students to enhance their chances for program completion and professional success. Approximately 30 full-time College of Education faculty have joined this effort.