2013-09-26

Administrative, Assessment, IT, Fundraising, Professional Development, and related Excellence Awards

Category Abstract

This award seeks to highlight innovative initiatives that relate to the programs, policies, procedures, best practices, or services provided by Administration, Assessment, IT, Fundraising, Professional Development, or related units. It is vital that the initiative nominated is related to the category and addresses a critical need.

The successful nomination will concisely explain the issue, how it relates to institutional or Student Affairs’ mission, and population addressed. Documentation and results of assessments should include student learning or success outcomes; how the program/service relates to a critical need, and its theoretical foundation.

Excellence Awards Overview

NASPA recognizes the contributions of members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration. All NASPA members are encouraged to enter recently developed and/or longstanding programs and initiatives for consideration for the NASPA Excellence Awards.

Programs selected for recognition in each category will receive one of three designations: Gold, Silver, or Bronze. The gold recipients from each category will be further judged for the designations of Grand Gold, Grand Silver, and Grand Bronze.

Submissions will be due by October 23, 2018. There is no specific time by which your submission must be made on October 23, 2018. Gold Award recipients will be recognized at the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA. 

If the submission relates to a program that relies on substantive use of multimedia technology, a link to those materials should be embedded in the award submission. The materials must be accessible to committee members without the need for user identification or password.

  • Judging Criteria

    Entries within each category will be reviewed by a cross-section of experienced NASPA members. Three to five judges will independently review submissions using the following criteria:

    • Impact on student learning and success demonstrated through transition, retention, or achievement outcomes
    • Relevance to institutional mission and/or applicability to student affairs profession institutionally, regionally, or nationally
    • Success in addressing student needs or responding to critical campus concerns and issues
    • Involvement, inclusion, and collaboration with academic affairs and other campus departments in planning and implementation
    • Use of innovative and creative methods, practices, or activities including the use of social media and emerging learning technologies
    • Application of available or emerging theoretical models, practical research, and program assessment


    In addition, submissions will also be assessed for the quality of the program description, explanation of concepts, and clarity of writing. Please see this link for the rubric which will be used for assessment.

  • Recognition

    Gold Award recipients will:

    • Be placed in consideration for the NASPA Grand Gold Medal, NASPA Grand Silver Medal and NASPA Grand Bronze Medal designating the top three programs or initiatives.
    • Receive NASPA Excellence Awards Certificates of Gold.
    • Be prominently displayed at the NASPA Annual Conference.
    • Be invited to participate in a poster session recognizing all Gold Award recipients during the NASPA Annual Conference.
    • Be showcased in a collection of Gold Award recipients on the NASPA Excellence Awards web resource center.
    • Receive letters of commendation sent by NASPA to the institution's president, chief student affairs officer, and selected local media to announce the achievement.


    Silver and Bronze Award recipients will:

    • Receive NASPA Excellence Awards Certificates of Silver or Bronze.
    • Be included in a collection of selected entries on the NASPA Excellence Awards web resource center.
    • Receive letters of commendation from NASPA to the institution's president and chief student affairs officer.


    Grand Medal recipients:

    • The Gold Award recipient in each category will be further considered for the highest awards for program excellence -- the NASPA Grand Gold Medal, the NASPA Grand Silver Medal and the NASPA Grand Bronze Medal. The recipients of these three grand awards will be recognized during the NASPA Annual Awards Luncheon.

Excellence Awards


Award Information

Deadline: Oct. 23, 2018

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Requirements

To be considered for a NASPA Excellence Award, you must submit the following information:

  • Correspond to one Excellence Award category
  • Program title
  • Executive summary (500 words or less)
  • Information around Student Learning and/or Success, Mission and/or Advancement of Student Affairs, Student and/or campus needs, Collaboration and Sustainability, Originality and creativity, and Application of Research, Theory, and Assessment
  • Letters of support (maximum of three)

Current Excellence Award Recipients

  • Gold Winner
    Beyond The Classroom Matters® at the University of South Carolina

    University of South Carolina

    The University of South Carolina is committed to providing a superior student experience and considers beyond the classroom programs essential to that experience. As attendance costs paid by students and families increased, we recognized a need to provide better evidence of the return on investment in student affairs programs. This presented an institutional challenge. Participation in student affairs programs is not required for graduation, does not produce credit hours and, therefore, was not systematically defined and recorded in institutional data systems. USC decided to take action to integrate student affairs data into student educational records. Building on strong partnerships among the divisions of student affairs, academic affairs, and information technology, the university developed Beyond The Classroom Matters®, A Student Information System for Experiential Programs (BTCM). BTCM is A cutting-edge example of emerging learning technologies that functions to collect, organize, manage and report official university records of student engagement in student affairs and other experiential programs. These records are interfaced with academic records to create an integrated, comprehensive education record of each student’s whole college experience and to improve institutional capability to holistically analyze ‘what matters’ for student success.


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  • Silver Winner
    Assessment 101

    James Madison University

    Assessment 101 is a week-long workshop designed to transform student affairs professionals, academic affairs faculty, and graduate assistants from “beginners” to “intermediates” in assessment. The workshop takes place from 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday and is purposefully aligned to follow JMU’s six-step assessment cycle. By design, Assessment 101 is interactive. Each day, participants interact in small groups of four or five, with a mix of student affairs, academic affairs, and graduate student participants. As supported by research in learning theory, the curriculum uses lecture-based teaching sparingly. Facilitators ensure that each day consists of 30% or less lecture-based material, with the rest of the time devoted to individual or group work.


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  • Bronze Winner
    Student Professional IT Experience (SPRITE)

    Texas A&M University

    Although continuing work on defining “career readiness” for college students has become a national initiative, programs for specific technical fields have been largely undeveloped. Through the Student Professional IT Experience (SPRITE) program, the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Department of Information Technology (DoIT) has a created a career readiness program for student workers in order to meet employer demands specifically in information technology. A goal of the department’s strategic plan is to prepare students to work in the IT professional upon graduation by providing a multi-year experience of professional IT competencies tailored to fit the student’s interest.


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Past Excellence Award Recipients

  • 2012
    Gold Winner
    Reframing the Retention Conversation: Promoting Action and Success through a Cross-Divisional Symposium

    Jason Simon, Ph.D.
    University of North Texas

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  • 2012
    Silver Winner
    Assessment in Action: The Student Satisfaction Survey at Washington & Jefferson College

    Byron McCrae
    Washington & Jefferson College

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  • 2012
    Bronze Winner
    Student Organization System: An Online Student Organization Management System

    Allison Toney
    University of South Carolina

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  • 2010-11
    Gold Winner
    University of South Carolina's University 101 Program Instructor Development Process

    Mary Stuart Hunter
    University of South Carolina

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  • 2010-11
    Silver Winner
    The Week of Reflection at Stephen F. Austin State University

    Adam Peck
    Stephen F. Austin State University

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  • 2010-11
    Bronze Winner
    Reshaus Information System

    Fernando Sierra
    Tecnológico de Monterrey

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  • 2009
    Gold Winner
    The Early Alert Intervention Team

    Elizabeth Price
    Sinclair Community College

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  • 2009
    Silver Winner
    Administrators Cultural Training Institute (A.C.T. Institute)

    Erin Callihan
    New York University

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  • 2009
    Bronze Winner
    An Online Approach to Managing Student Demand: Implementing Queuing Theory in an Undergraduate Student Services Office

    Randall Brumfield
    University of Central Florida

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  • 2008
    Gold Winner
    Integral Formation: From our personnel to our students

    Humberto Muniz
    TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY

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  • 2008
    Silver Winner
    Student Leader Learning Outcomes Project

    Darby Roberts
    Texas A&M University

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  • 2008
    Bronze Winner
    Benchmarking and Quantitative Analysis: Report for the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees

    Sean Adams
    Mount Saint Mary's University

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  • 2007
    Gold Winner
    UNCG Cares: Creating a Culture of Care to Aid Students in Distress

    Jen Day Shaw
    University of North Carolina-Greensboro

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  • 2007
    Silver Winner
    Women in the Know program

    Juliette Landphair
    Westhampton College

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  • 2007
    Bronze Winner
    The University of Georgia Learning and Development Objectives Initiative

    Jan Barham
    University of Georgia

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  • 2006
    Gold Winner
    UNT Student Money Management Center: A Center of Excellence

    Danielle Champagne
    University of North Texas

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  • 2005
    Gold Winner
    Student Organization Assessment Center

    Darby Roberts
    Texas A&M University

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  • 2005
    Silver Winner
    Curriculum Mapping: Alignment and Assessment in Student Affairs

    Nicole Boulais
    Rochester Institute of Technology

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  • 2005
    Bronze Winner
    University of South Carolina Division of Student Affairs' Professional Development Program

    Dennis A. Pruitt
    University of South Carolina

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