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Modern Salon Excellence in Education 2013

Each year MODERN SALON Media releases the list of “Excellence in Education” honorees in MODERN SALON’s annual program recognizing leadership and best practices among cosmetology schools.

Each year cosmetology schools across the country are recognized at the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) Annual Convention and their achievements are highlighted across Modern Salon Media—including Modern Salon and Salon Today magazines,,, our e-letters and our social media platforms—as part of the "Excellence in Education" program. The program is presented by MODERN SALON Media with the support of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS).

Honorees were determined in separate classifications based on school size and whether entering as single location or a complete, multi-school organization. Overall honorees were chosen in each category from a list of previously selected list of finalists.

“The Excellence in Education program has been presented annually since 2010 by MODERN SALON Media with the support of the AACS. All North American schools with students attending since January 1, 2012 were eligible for the 2013 program.

Honoree categories: Schools may enter one or multiple categories.

  • School Culture
  • Community Involvement
  • Facilities
  • Alumni & Advanced Education Programs
  • Placement
  • Use of Technology
  • Marketing Innovation
  • "Beauty Changes Lives"— Industry Leadership

Each honoree category recognizes four finalists, each representing a different school size. Schools that are part of a chain may enter as EITHER individual locations OR as a “multi-unit” school.

The honorees are chosen in each category based on preliminary evaluation of all applications. Top honorees are chosen out of that pool of honored schools.