UNIVERSITY PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (UPCEA)
CENTRAL REGION
 CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE PROGRAM

 

PURPOSE OF THE AWARDS
The UPCEA Central Region Celebration of Excellence Program is designed to serve three major purposes: (1) To provide recognition to individuals who have originated new and successful programs, or who have made a major contribution to the field of Adult/Continuing Education either through service, research, or publication; (2) to provide recognition to creative and innovative credit and noncredit programs in the field; and (3) to communicate ideas regarding successful programs among the member institutions.

UPCEA regional award winners will receive recognition at the annual conference.

ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to receive an award, the nominated individual or department must be part of an institution that is a current member of the UPCEA Central Region.

Each nomination must include a completed nomination form and written narrative addressing the nominee’s accomplishments in meeting the award criteria.

2017 AWARD CATEGORIES:

DEADLINE: All award nominations and documentation must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.


CATEGORY 1: Innovative Program (Credit or Noncredit)
This award will be given to an outstanding new credit or noncredit program. To be eligible, nominated programs should have been offered by a Central Region member institution within the last two years. Priority consideration will be given to programs that deal with social, diversity or educational issues.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Cost Effectiveness: The program must be cost effective for the institution in a manner consistent with the stated program objectives.
  • Longevity: The program must have completed at least one cycle to be considered.
  • Innovation: The extent to which the program uses creative ideas in one or more areas or applies ideas in new ways, especially electronic modalities.
  • Diversity: The program is intended to serve underserved populations.
  • Quality: The extent to which the program has fulfilled objectives. Nomination narrative should include stated objectives, an estimate of success, and evaluation results.
  • Contribution to Adult/Continuing Education: The extent to which a program makes an ongoing and significant contribution to the field or can be replicated in other settings and institutions.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the program meets the award criteria and showcases the innovative nature of the program offering and the way in which the program meets social, diversity or educational needs.
  • Up to three supporting documents which may include letters of support or commendation for the program, letters from students of the program, letters from administrators describing the contribution of the program to institutional goals, etc.
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

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CATEGORY 2: Mature Program (Credit or Noncredit)
This award will be given to a mature credit or noncredit program demonstrating sustained innovation. To be eligible, nominated programs must have been offered by a UPCEA Central Region member institution for the past five years. Priority consideration will be given to programs that deal with social, diversity or educational issues.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Cost Effectiveness: The program must be cost effective to the institution in a manner consistent with the stated program objectives.
  • Longevity: The program must have been sustained for a minimum of five years.
  • Innovation: The extent to which the program uses creative ideas in one or more areas or applies ideas to create sustainability, especially electronic modalities.
  • Diversity: The program is intended to serve underserved populations.
  • Quality: The extent to which the program has fulfilled objectives. Nomination narrative should include stated objectives, an estimate of success, and evaluation results.
  • Contribution to Adult/Continuing Education: The degree to which a program makes an ongoing and significant contribution to the field or can be replicated in other settings and institutions.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the program meets the award criteria and showcases the innovative nature of the program offering and the way in which the program meets social, diversity or educational needs.
  • Up to three supporting documents which may include letters of support or commendation for the program, letters from students of the program, letters from administrators describing the contribution of the program to institutional goals, etc.
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

 

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CATEGORY 3: Excellence in Teaching Award
This award will be given to an individual who consistently demonstrates excellence in teaching continuing education programs and mentoring students in the UPCEA Central Region. Nominations will be judged on the individual’s leadership and service within the field as well as innovation in programming and use of innovative delivery methods. The nominee must have served in a teaching role for a minimum of five (5) years.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring of Students: Teaching may be defined to include work with students at any level and in a wide variety of settings. Teaching effectiveness includes the ability to meet student learning objectives and evidence of a student-centered approach. Evidence of superior student mentoring should illustrate nominee’s concern for student development beyond normal expectations of advising.
  • Leadership and Service: The extent to which the nominee has provided leadership and service to the institution and to the continuing education profession.
  • Innovation in Programming: The extent to which programs generated by the nominee have been new, creative, reached diverse populations, or innovative.
  • Overall Contribution to the Field: The nominee’s research, publication, program development, conference, presentations, etc. which contribute to the field of continuing education.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the nominee meets the award criteria and showcases his or her teaching innovations and outstanding mentoring of students
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages in length
  • One letter of support from an administrator familiar with the nominee’s work
  • Up to two additional supporting documents which may include letters of support or commendation for the nominee, letters from students or letters from others familiar with the nominee’s teaching and mentoring
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

 

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CATEGORY 4: Professional Continuing Educator Award
This award recognizes the scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the profession of a person who has entered the continuing, online and professional education field in the last 5 to 10 years. The recipient also will be nominated by the UPCEA Central Region for the UPCEA Adelle F. Robertson Professional Continuing Educator Award. Recipient must be a UPCEA member.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Service to the Profession: The nominee must be a UPCEA Great Plains Central Region professional member who has exhibited outstanding service to the profession.
  • Service to the Institution: The nominee must contribute positively through work that advances the mission of his or her department, or similar unit, and to the institution.
  • Scholarship: The nominee’s contributions to the field of continuing and professional education.
  • Leadership: The nominee’s leadership activities and accomplishments within his or her unit and institution and within the profession.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the nominee meets the award criteria and showcases his or her contributions to the field of continuing and professional education
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages in length
  • One letter of support from an administrator familiar with the nominee’s work
  • Two additional letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications from others familiar with the nominee’s work
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.


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CATEGORY 5:  John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award
The John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award honors the memory of Dr. John Christopher, former Dean of the School of Extended Studies and Public Service at the University of Wyoming. Dr. Christopher was a lifetime member of the UCEA and served the association, especially in many leadership roles in the former Great Plains Region. He was successful in his career because of his persistence, his personal strength, his knowledge and dedication to the field of continuing higher education, and his strong sense of professionalism. He was a man of strong convictions and remarkable achievements, with a keen intellect, a willingness to serve, and incredible sense of humor, and a practical, straight-forward approach to life.

Nominees for this award should exhibit these qualities and dedication to the profession. The nominee must be a current UPCEA Central Region professional member.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Leadership and Service: The award will be given to an UPCEA Central Region professional member who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service within the region. Items to be considered are committee activity, conference activity, promotion of UPCEA at the institutional, state and regional levels and commitment to adult and continuing education within the member’s institution and the region.
  • Involvement with UPCEA: Items to be considered are committee activity and conference activity.
  • Promotion of UPCEA: The nominee should show commitment to promoting UPCEA at the institutional, state and regional levels.
  • Commitment to Adult and Continuing Education: The nominee should show a strong commitment to adult and continuing education within the member’s institution and the region.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the nominee meets the award criteria and showcases his or her contributions to the field of continuing and professional education
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages in length
  • One letter of support from an administrator familiar with the nominee’s work
  • Two additional letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications from others familiar with the nominee’s activity and work with UPCEA
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

 

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CATEGORY 6: Research and Publication Award
This award will be given to a continuing educator, faculty or graduate student whose research proposal promises to make a significant contribution to the study of adult or continuing education. The proposed research project must be completed by the end of academic year in which the award is conferred. The award recipient is expected to present his/her findings at the UPCEA Central Region conference the following year (the conference registration fee will be waived). Areas of research may include, but are not limited to, topics such as adult teaching and learning, follow-up studies of adult students, student services, etc.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Originality: The research project explores new ideas or original application of ideas.
  • Overall Quality: The extent to which the proposal defines its objectives, establishes an appropriate methodology, and sets a realistic timetable; overall merit of the proposal.
  • Application/Contribution to Adult and Continuing Education: The significance of the proposed project to the field of knowledge or the practice of adult/continuing education.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Two-page abstract and explanation of the research project which addresses the projects potential contribution to the field of adult and continuing education
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages in length
  • One letter of support from an administrator familiar with the nominee’s research
  • Two additional letters of support addressing the nominee’s research and potential impact for the field
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

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CATEGORY 7: Outstanding Continuing Education Credit Student Award
This award honors a degree-seeking continuing education student for achievement of excellence in pursuit of their educational goals. The nominee must be 25 years of age or older and must have been enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a UPCEA Central Region member institution within the past 12 months or have graduated no more than one year prior to the time the award is granted.

In order for a nominated student to be eligible to receive the award, he or she must be able to be present at the awards ceremony. It is expected that the nominating institution should provide travel expenses for the student; however, the UPCEA Central Region may provide some financial support for conference expenses of the award winner should the institution not be able to provide support.

The recipient of this award will be nominated by the UPCEA Central Region for the UPCEA Professional Continuing Education Student Award.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Accomplishment: The nominee demonstrates achievement with an emphasis on growth while enrolled as a student.
  • Excellence: The extent to which the nominee demonstrates excellence in areas such as GPA, university involvement, job performance, etc.
  • Achievement and Inspiration: The nominee must be an adult student who has met the challenge of an unconventional educational background and become an inspiration to others through the individual growth accomplished in pursuit of his/her educational goals.
  • Meeting Multiple Demands: The nominee shall have managed multiple/significant commitments and responsibilities effectively while pursuing his/her education.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the nominee meets the award criteria; the narrative should include documentation such as the student’s grade point average, student activities, university involvement, community contributions, employment, job performance and other relevant supporting information.
  • A statement written by the nominee, no more than 2 pages in length, describing his or her achievements with an emphasis on the growth accomplished while enrolled as a student
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages in length
  • One letter of support from an instructor, advisor or similar administrator familiar with the nominee’s achievements
  • One additional letter of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications from another individual familiar with the nominee’s achievements
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

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CATEGORY 8: Outstanding Continuing Education Noncredit Student Award
This award honors a noncredit continuing education student for achievement of excellence in pursuit of their educational goals. The nominee must be an adult student and must have been enrolled in a noncredit program at a UPCEA Central Region member institution within the past 12 months.

In order for a nominated student to be eligible to receive the award, he or she must be able to be present at the awards ceremony. It is expected that the nominating institution should provide travel expenses for the student; however, the UPCEA Central Region may provide some financial support for conference expenses of the award winner should the institution not be able to provide support.

The recipient of this award will be nominated by the UPCEA Central Region for the UPCEA Professional Continuing Education Student Award.

  • Accomplishment: The nominee demonstrates achievement with an emphasis on growth while enrolled as a student.
  • Excellence: The extent to which the nominee demonstrates excellence in areas such as CEUs earned, community involvement, job performance, etc.
  • Achievement and Inspiration: The nominee must be an adult student who exemplifies the best characteristics and standards of the noncredit student.
  • Meeting Multiple Demands: The nominee shall have managed multiple/significant commitments and responsibilities effectively while pursuing his/her education.

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the nominee meets the award criteria; the narrative should include documentation such as the student’s CEUs, community contributions, employment, job performance and other relevant supporting information.
  • A statement written by the nominee, no more than 2 pages in length, describing his or her achievements with an emphasis on the growth accomplished while pursuing their noncredit program
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages in length
  • One letter of support from an instructor, advisor or similar administrator familiar with the nominee’s achievements
  • One additional letter of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications from another individual familiar with the nominee’s achievements
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

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CATEGORY 9: Continuing Education Support Specialist Award—Staff in a Support Role.
The purpose of this award is to provide recognition to a UPCEA Central Region professional member or a continuing education staff person of a member institution who has exhibited creativity and innovation in the area of program support (i.e., public information officers, marketing personnel, business personnel, registration staff, etc.).

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Service: Unique circumstances of the nominee’s support to the continuing education unit with a focus on the effects of his or her service
  • Innovation: The nominee demonstrates creativity and produces innovative work in support of adult and continuing education programs.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the nominee meets the award criteria
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages in length
  • One letter of support from a supervisor or administrator familiar with the nominee’s work
  • Two additional letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications from others familiar with the nominee’s work and contributions to the institution
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

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CATEGORY 10: Engagement Award
The UPCEA Engagement Award recognizes an outstanding partnership between a member institution and one or more external constituents such as local communities, corporations, government organizations or associations. The recognized partnership will demonstrate a mutually-beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources that has resulted in a measurable and sustainable shared impact in areas such as economic development, community development, workforce training or capacity building.

The UPCEA Engagement Award will be awarded to both the UPCEA member institution/unit and the partner organization(s).

Award winners (university and partner representatives) will be invited to present in a concurrent session at the annual conference.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Impact: The extent of impact of the partnership’s activities using qualitative and quantitative data provided by nomination. 
  • Outcomes: The extent to which the partnership’s activities resulted in outcomes that would not have otherwise happened. 
  • Commitment: The extent to which partners committed their own resources to the partnership’s activities.
  • Expanded Partnerships: Additional points will be awarded to nominations that received additional funding from 3rd parties not involved in the original partnership (grants, contracts etc.) to sustain and/or expand the program.
  • Tangible and Sustainable Impact: The extent to which the partnership impacted strategic initiatives, citizens, communities or business and industry.
  • Benefits to Participants: The extent to which the outreach and engagement activities were beneficial to all participants.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than three pages which addresses how the program meets the award criteria and highlights the partnership’s specific outreach and engagement accomplishments. The narrative should document the tangible and sustainable impact of the partnership’s outreach/engagement activities on strategic initiatives, citizens, communities, or business and industry. (Provide context for evidence provided by including relevant information about the environment in which the program takes place.)
  • One letter of support from an institution administrator describing how the partnership meets the award criteria and contributes to institutional goals.
  • Up to two additional letters of support from community constituents describing how the outreach and engagement activities were mutually beneficial to all participants.
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

 

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CATEGORY 11: Excellence in Advising
Advising plays a very important role in the field of professional, continuing or online education. It can be defined to include work with students at any level and in a wide variety of settings. This award will be given to an individual who has provided outstanding leadership and service in an advising role, to continuing education students in the UPCEA Central Region. The nominee must have been in an advising role for a minimum of three years.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

  • Benefit to the Institution: The extent to which the nominee provides exemplary contributions to the institution in the area of advising.
  • Outstanding Advising and Mentoring of Students: Strong evidence of superior student mentoring should illustrate the nominee’s understanding of student needs and concern for student development that goes beyond the normal expectations of advising.
  • Effectiveness in Advising: The extent to which the nominee utilizes a student-centered approach in advising and mentoring. Items to be considered are student advocacy, a proactive and/or intrusive approach to advising, mentoring of students beyond the basic advising of course availability, and a commitment to adult and continuing education within the member’s institution and the region.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Written narrative of no more than two pages which addresses how the nominee meets the award criteria
  • A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae, no more than 5 pages in length
  • One letter of support from a supervisor or administrator familiar with the nominee’s work in an advising role
  • Two additional letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications from others familiar with the nominee’s work in an advising role
  • Each supporting document, except for CVs, should not exceed two pages.
  • Nomination and supporting documents must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017.

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