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ACHE Awards

 

Leadership Award

Open to: All members and non-members
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

This award is the highest award presented by ACHE and recognizes an individual who has made extraordinary contributions in leadership, theory, and practice in continuing higher education on a national or international level. The focus of this recognition is on contributions of a general nature that extend beyond Association activities. The nominee does not need to be an ACHE member. ACHE officers and Board members are not eligible for this award. Each nomination shall be supported by at least two additional recommendations from individuals who are in positions to verify the nominee's actions that address the award's criteria.

Nomination Form Letter of Recommendation

Meritorious Service Award

Open to: All members
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

This award recognizes individuals for their outstanding leadership, performance and service to continuing higher education at their own institution and within the Association for a minimum of 5 years and recognized by the membership at the national level. ACHE officers, staff members or Board members are not eligible for this award. Each nomination shall be supported by at least two additional recommendations from individuals who are in positions to verify the nominee's actions that address the award's criteria.

Nomination Form Letter of Recommendation

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Emeritus Award

Open to: All members
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

This award provides recognition to Association members upon their official retirements from their major continuing education roles at their institutions. The Association desires to recognize only those retirees who have displayed significant degree of leadership within the Association for at least 10 years. Each nomination shall be supported by at least two additional recommendations from individuals who are in positions to verify the nominee's actions that address the award's criteria.

Nomination Form Letter of Recommendation

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Rising Star Award

Open to: Staff from ACHE member institutions or organizations, or someone with sponsorship from an ACHE institutional or organizational member
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

Criteria: 

  • No more than 5 years experience in continuing education
  • Be employed at an ACHE member institution or organization, or have sponsorship from an ACHE institutional or organizational member
  • Either developed (or contributed to the development of) or extended an outstanding program or division within a CE unit. Examples:
    • a credit or non-credit program
    • a certificate program
    • extended the audience of a program
    • tapped a new audience
  • Or, conducted research or published on a topic that has led to the enhancement or advancement of the field of adult continuing education
Nomination Form Letter of Recommendation

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Distinguished Program Award ~ Credit & Non-Credit Program

Open to: Institutional & Organizational members
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

Distinguished Program Awards will be presented each year at the Association's Annual Meeting and Conference. One award each will be presented for an outstanding credit program and an outstanding non-credit program. Nominees must be ACHE institutional members and may nominate a program from their own institution.

A. Original or Innovative
In order to qualify for an award, a program should be judged original or innovative in two or more of the following areas:
  • Audience
  • Minority, under-represented, or underserved population
  • Delivery system
  • Marketing and promoting
  • Resources and/or facilities
  • Partnering or in consortial arrangements
  • Topics, content, or program design

B. Successful
To be judged a success, a program must fulfill all of the following:

  • Meet established goals and objectives
  • Receive positive response from the target group as demonstrated in evaluations (measurable outcomes)
  • Meet budget requirements defined for its goals and objectives

Nomination Form

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Creative Use of Technology Award

Open to: Institutional & Organizational members
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

This award recognizes ACHE members for their innovative uses of instructional and distance learning technologies in lifelong learning. Both credit and non-credit programs are eligible for nomination, as are uses of learning technology for student services, research, marketing or administrative projects. Up to two awards may be given each year.

Award recipients must be ACHE members in good standing. Their winning program or project must be innovative, have a proven success record, demonstrate excellence, and be adaptive to other settings or institutions.

Applicants are asked to submit a nomination form that includes a summary describing the program/project as fully implemented, and then answers to the following:

  • What are your goals and objectives with this project?
  • How was the program innovative?
  • Which technologies do you use and why did you select them? Why was the selection successful?
  • What does your program cost and how was it financed?
  • How have you evaluated the program, and if so, what were the results?
  • What is the most significant lesson learned from this experience?
  • How might other institutions replicate or adapt this program to their needs?

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Older Adult Model Program Award

Open to: Institutional & Organizational members
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

The Older Adult Model Program Award recognizes an ACHE member for a program or activity that provides outstanding learning opportunities and/or service to an older adult population.

Criteria

Award recipients must be ACHE members in good standing. Their winning program or project must be innovative, have a proven success record, demonstrate excellence, and be adaptive to other settings or institutions. Additionally, the program must be ongoing and delivered on a regular basis (i.e. not a single course or activity, such as an Elderhostel event).

Applicants are asked to submit a nomination form that includes a summary describing the program/project as fully implemented, and then answers to the following:

  • What are your goals and objectives of this program or service?
  • Why does this program or service successfully meet the goals of this award?
  • How was the program innovative?
  • What technologies, if any, were employed and how were they used?
  • What does your program cost and how was it financed? What was the cost, if any, to the beneficiaries?
  • Has the program or service been evaluated?
  • What are the evaluation results?
  • What is the most significant lesson learned from this experience?
  • How might other institutions replicate or adapt this program or service to their needs?

Nomination Form

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Outstanding Services to Underserved Populations Award

Open to: Institutional & Organizational members
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

This award recognizes ACHE members for their innovative lifelong learning programs that demonstrate outstanding service to underserved populations. Both credit and non-credit programs are eligible for nomination.

Award recipients must be ACHE members in good standing. Their winning program or project must be innovative, have a proven success record, demonstrate excellence, and be adaptive to other settings or institutions, and document service to populations typically underserved by continuing higher education.

Applicants are asked to submit a nomination form that includes a summary describing the program/project as fully implemented, and then answers to the following:

  • What are your goals and objectives of this program or service?
  • Why does this program or service successfully meet the goals of this award?
  • How was the program innovative?
  • What technologies, if any, were employed and how were they used?
  • What does your program cost and how was it financed? What was the cost, if any, to the beneficiaries?
  • Has the program or service been evaluated?
  • What are the evaluation results?
  • What is the most significant lesson learned from this experience?
  • How might other institutions replicate or adapt this program or service to their needs?

Nomination Form

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Crystal Marketing Award

Open to: Institutional & Organizational members
Deadline to submit: May 15, 2014

The Crystal Marketing Award recognizes the ACHE institution that achieves significant results from a marketing communications tool through a print, broadcast or electronic medium. The strategic approach, quality of the work, and results achieved are important criteria in determining the winner. A first-place award will be presented to the single entry that exemplifies the most creative and outstanding uses of marketing, either of a multi-faceted campaign or a single initiative. A number of honorable mentions may also be cited.

Types of Entries

Examples of marketing communications tools that could bring the Award to your organization include, but are not limited to:

  • website design
  • electronic tools
  • print advertising campaign
  • broadcast spots (radio, television or Web)
  • publications
  • public relations events or
  • a social networking campaign

The marketing/promotional initiative can include elements of print publication, radio and television, media relations, public relations activities, electronic communications, internal magazines, newsletters and similar tools.

Institutions and members may submit multiple entries. However, each entry must be in support of a continuing education program or activity, not of other branches of the school.

Judging criteria include

  • The overall strategic approach, including clarity of purpose, definition of audience(s) and quality of implementation.
  • Appropriateness of the communication tool chosen to reach the selected audience(s) and a thorough understanding of the intended outcome(s).
  • Achievement of stated objective(s) and methods of measuring results.
  • Innovation, originality and cost effectiveness.

Eligibility

  • nominees must be ACHE members in good standing
  • all programs nominated must be from institutional or organizational members
  • multiple entries may be submitted for consideration
  • marketing communications strategies and tools must have been implemented or completed between September 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013 to be considered for this award for 2014.

Recognition

One first-place winner and one or more honorable mentions will be announced and representatives invited to receive their awards at the ACHE annual meeting as well as present the details of the project in a public session. Materials for the winner and honorable mentions will be on display during the conference.

Nomination Form

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Marlowe Froke Award

Open to: Authors for articles published in the previous year of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education

This award recognizes the most outstanding published article in the Journal of Continuing Higher Education in a given year. It allows ACHE to honor quality research and/or information relevant to continuing higher education.

Royce Ann Collins, editor of the Journal, and her committee determine the Marlowe Froke Award recipient. The award selection committee evaluates articles on the basis of both content and style. They weigh the extent to which the articles stimulate the reader to think, provide new ideas, show innovation, and contribute to the literature of the profession of continuing higher education. Recipients may or may not be a member of ACHE.

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