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ACHE 2016 Call for Awards - Why should you submit a nomination?

April 06, 2016 9:28 AM | Anonymous


It’s time again to submit applications for ACHE’s annual Call for Awards! ACHE’s Awards and Honors are given each year to exemplary individuals and programs in honor of outstanding contributions to the advancement of continuing education.

If this is your first time considering applying for an award, you might be asking yourself why you should take the time to put together your nomination. Here are just a few reasons to go ahead and click “submit.”

  • This is an opportunity to share your very best work with people who work in your field. These people care about the future of continuing education, and they want to learn about all of the great things continuing education professionals are doing. Share your ideas with them to help them learn and grow.
  • Award nominations shine a light on your organization and the efforts of the people who work there. Show the world how your organization is making a difference in continuing education, and show your organization what a big part you play in that effort.
  • These awards aren’t just about earning recognition – they’re about showing recognition as well. Make sure your colleagues know you appreciate all of the hard work they put into their jobs by using this opportunity to brag about their tremendous effort this year.
  • And, finally, sometimes it’s just fun to reward yourself for a job well done! Give yourself the opportunity to shine by letting us know what you’ve been up to.

Aren’t sure about which award is best for your purpose? ACHE offers awards or honors for several different categories designed to stimulate, encourage, and reward people just like you. The deadline to submit is April 30th, so get started on your submission today.

Individual Awards

Leadership Award

Open to: All members and non-members

The Leadership 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.

Spotlight on a 2015 Winner: Dr. Susan Elkins has been working in continuing education for more than two decades. Currently, she serves as Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Palmetto College, a new USC system-wide effort that focuses on access, affordability, and flexibility of bachelor’s degrees delivered online and at campuses across the state. Elkins was previously honored with the Milton J. Phillips, Jr. Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service in Continuing Higher Education in Tennessee, and has been very active in numerous other professional and civic organizations throughout her career that have focused on student access and success.

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Meritorious Service Award

Open to: All members

The Meritorious Service 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 five years.

Spotlight on a 2015 Winner: For more than eight years, Nora Felde’s impact has been felt in the registration department of the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University. Felde’s passion for helping military veterans re-acclimate to civilian life led her to the role of the College’s military liaison. In this position, she is instrumental in assisting veterans and their spouses who qualify for educational benefits. Felde has assisted more than 50 service members in just two years.

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Emeritus Award

Open to: All members

The Emeritus award provides recognition to Association members upon their official retirements from their major continuing education roles at their institutions. 

Spotlight on a 2013 Winner: Ruth Bettandorff served for more than 25 years in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in continuing education in four states (Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Georgia) and five universities. Bettandorff’s career was one of continuous growth and increased responsibility. She worked at private and public as well as regional and flagship institutions. She announced her retirement from her position as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the Gwinnett Campus at the University of Georgia in 2013.

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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 organization.

The Rising Star award recognizes individuals who are new to the field of continuing education and developing or contributing to the development of an outstanding program or division within a CE unit. Examples include contributing to a credit or non-credit program, a certificate program, or extending the audience of a program.  

Spotlight on a 2015 Winner: Danielle Brown is the Professional Education and Outreach Director at the Kansas State University Salina Campus, a position she has held since April 2013. In her two years as the Professional Education and Outreach Director, Danielle has developed several new credit, noncredit, and certificate programs, expanding K-State Salina’s outreach both in the community and beyond. 

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Program Awards

Distinguished Program Award – Credit & Non-Credit

Open to: Institutional and Organizational members in good standing

Distinguished Program Awards are presented each year at the Association's Annual Meeting and Conference. Awards are presented for outstanding credit and non-credit programs that show innovation, originality, or success. 

Spotlight on a 2013 Winner: The Experiential Learning (EXL) Scholars Program at Middle Tennessee State University was designed to enhance student learning through a comprehensive program of experiential learning activities by providing students with opportunities for hands-on experiences in their fields of study beyond the traditional classroom. The overall mission of the EXL Program was that students who participated in EXL through the completion of hands-on learning projects in their classes, external service-learning, internship activities, and/or campus community service projects would be better equipped to live productively and to think logically, critically, and creatively. 

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Creative Use of Technology

Open to: Institutional and Organizational members in good standing

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. 

Spotlight on a 2015 Winner: Leveraging underutilized technology resources, Regional & Continuing Education at California State University developed the Connect • Learn • Engage program to break down barriers caused by distance from campus and Connect campus faculty, staff, students, and their community. The program provided opportunities to Learn from experts from around the globe and encouraged people to Engage in the content using webinars, recorded academic forums, and student services presentations.

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Older Adult Model Program

Open to: Institutional and Organizational members in good standing

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. 

Spotlight on a 2015 Winner: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University San Marcos is a non-profit organization established to improve quality of life for adult learners over 50 years of age through higher education and the arts. The Osher program provides a wide array of educational programming taught by university professors and experts in their respective fields.

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Outstanding Services to Underserved Populations

Open to: Institutional and Organizational members in good standing

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

Spotlight on a 2013 Winner: In attendance for Murray State University’s 2012 Independent Living Conference were 125 foster teens, ages 16-21, as well as their foster parents, and social workers. During the conference, teens heard motivational speakers, all foster care alum themselves, who have gone on to become successful businessmen, judges, teachers, and musicians. The speakers shared relatable stories of growing up in the foster care system and how they overcame their obstacles. The foster teens came away from these sessions feeling inspired and hopeful for their futures.

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Marketing and Publications Awards

Crystal Marketing Award

Open to: Institutional & Organizational members in good standing

The Crystal Marketing Award recognizes an 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. 

Spotlight on a 2015 Winner: The On Track campaign created awareness of Kansas State University’s educational options to help adult learners get on track to a bachelor’s degree. The campaign included print material, radio spots and interviews, a television commercial, print and online advertising, a website, on-site informational sessions, and student story-based campaign messages. Of 42 university employees who attended informational sessions, as many as 13 applied for admission, were admitted, and enrolled in courses because of the campaign. 

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