2013-09-26

Housing, Residence Life, Contracted Services, Judicial, and related Excellence Award

Category Abstract 

The Excellence Awards for the Housing, Residence Life, Contracted Services, Judicial, and related areas category recognizes the outstanding contributions of members who provide innovative and transformative experiences to students in community on their campuses. Those programs aimed at enhancing academic success and student services in the areas of housing, residence life, judicial affairs, and contracted services are eligible to compete this category. 

Excellence Award 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

Nominations for the 2018-2019 NASPA Excellence Awards are now closed. Winners will be announced in January.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 NASPA Excellence Awards will open in spring 2019. 

Requirements

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

  • Correspond to 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
    yakʔitʸutʸu: A student-centered housing community

    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    Cal Poly’s new first-year housing community, yak?it?ut?u, opened its doors to residents in Fall 2018. The housing complex — which includes a Welcome Center, an Administrative Building, and seven residence halls — is home to nearly 1,500 first-year students (roughly one-third of Cal Poly’s first-year population). The project, which broke ground in late 2015, is part of the university’s master plan to offer more on-campus housing for students. yak?it?ut?u was named in honor of and in partnership with the Indigenous Peoples of San Luis Obispo County. The name means “our community” in the yak tit?u tit?u yak ti?hini, Northern Chumash language. The community’s residential buildings were named after seven Northern Chumash villages in San Luis Obispo County. More than just names on a building, the community will host programs and events in partnership with the yak tit?u tit?u yak ti?hini tribe to educate future generations of students and local residents about the Indigenous People of San Luis Obispo County. Constructing a new complex, literally, from the ground up offered University Housing a unique opportunity to design an inclusive, student-centered, community-focused facility and pair it with student programming that matches residents’ needs. The complex was intentionally designed to facilitate a sense a community. The relationships and connections that students make in their first-year at college are incredibly important to their mental wellness, to their sense of belonging, and even to their academic success. To that end, yak?it?ut?u is designed with abundant common spaces for students to gather and make connections — like community kitchens, living rooms, group study areas, an outdoor amphitheater, a central lawn, a beach volleyball court, and an outdoor game area. For residents who need a little time to focus on self-care, yak?it?ut?u also features serenity rooms in each residence hall — for meditation, prayer, yoga, reflection, or reading. yak?it?ut?u was also intentionally designed to be an inclusive space for residents. All bedroom doors and bathroom stalls are wide enough to admit wheelchairs, all buildings are equipped with elevators, and all rooms on the first-floor are ADA-compliant. In addition, all the restrooms in yak?it?ut?u are all-gender, so all students can use the facilities the same way — without having to declare their gender identities at the door. yak?it?ut?u was also programmatically designed to promote student success — both in terms of academics and wellbeing. Residents of yak?it?ut?u live within a Residential Learning Community that matches their interests, academic focus, or needs. A new Faculty-in-Residence program at yak?it?ut?u offers students an opportunity to continue their academic journey right in their residence halls. University Housing also offers satellite services for students in yak?it?ut?u, which means students have access to academic support and even wellness counseling within their living community.


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  • Silver Winner
    Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (ICEI) - Residential Program

    Bridgewater State University

    The Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (ICEI) program at Bridgewater State University is a fully-inclusive college program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The ICEI-Residential Program was the first program in the United States to offer a residence life experience at a public 4 year institution. Students in the BSU ICEI program share the same experiences as their college-aged peers in the areas of housing, academics, socialization, career development, and independent living. With supports in place, our ICEI residence hall students live in the residence halls, enroll in and audit courses, take part in campus internships, and socialize with peers. This effort at Bridgewater State University has been tremendously successful; students have become more independent and actively engaged in creating and living their lives. Our program honors their dignity and worth, and fosters self-determination. Students who have successfully completed one year in the ICEI day program are eligible to apply for the ICEI Residence Life Program. Students have the opportunity to become more involved in campus activities, events and clubs and organizations. In addition, students are able to work on their independent living skills in a natural, safe environment. Students are supported by the ICEI Residence Life Coordinator, Residence Life Peer Mentors (BSU students), an ICEI Resident Assistant, and BSU’s Area Coordinator. The ICEI Residence Life Program extends the commitment to full inclusion of students with intellectual disabilities by offering a residential experience that is exactly the same as nondisabled college students. Matriculated BSU students profit as well, by being taught to embrace diversity in all settings including the residence halls, dining halls, classrooms and every setting throughout the campus. Through this experience BSU students learn to accept and enjoy their peers with intellectual disabilities in a fully integrated residence hall community and to understand the best ways to leverage the various skill sets and personalities of people with and without disabilities. The program has been praised by legislators, the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, professors and nondisabled students because the act of including everyone in both classes and residence life benefits both the delivery of instruction and campus life. This is done through creating an authentic environment, consisting of people with distinct skills and experiences. This eliminates teaching from the “ivory tower” and replaces it with meaningful education in an inclusive milieu, similar to the one students face in the real world. All too frequently, public school options for students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, are limited to segregated special education programs, isolated from the community and their peers. Going away to college is a milestone for all traditional aged college students and yet it has been denied to people with intellectual disabilities due to a biased practice still upheld in most universities. Through participation in this program students with intellectual disabilities are afforded the same opportunity as their nondisabled peers and everyone benefits.


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  • Bronze Winner
    Transformation to a 24/7 Campus

    University of Massachusetts Boston

    UMass Boston (UMB), an urban-serving public research university, set a goal in 2011 to become a vibrant 24/7 campus. To bring about this goal, it was necessary to engage in an institutional transformation, which the Division of Student Affairs led. This transformation was necessary as our institution was established in 1964 as a non-residential campus that was to be a teaching university. Since its early days, the university grew its academic offerings, but the student experience continued at status quo, a traditional commuter campus. A visionary Chancellor and student leaders championed the cause to build the first residence hall at UMB, touting the benefits of living on campus. Naysayers believed that in building a residence hall that UMB would lose its urban mission and the residence hall would be home to only those with financial resources, creating a state of haves and have nots. Campus leadership heard these concerns and set out to create a residential experience that would be reflective our mission and serve to advance the experience of all UMass Boston students. To do so the project needed to be more than a place for 1,070 students to sleep. It needed to be rooted in the concept of becoming a 24/7 campus for all students, so that all could reap the benefits of increased sense of community, programming, dining options, and learning. Following an extensive qualification and review process, the UMass Building Authority engaged a team from Capstone Development Partners, a national leader in public-private partnership (P3) student housing, to develop residential housing on the UMass Boston campus. A campus-wide committee was involved in the design of the building and a steering committee, including students, was formed to develop identify the needs of the campus in operationalizing the residence hall and a new 24/7 environment. Funded through private resources, construction of a new residence hall began in fall 2016. Over the past two years, considerable work took place to address the changes in culture, processes, structures, and priorities. In summary, this included: policy and procedure writing, budget development, extensive staff hiring and training, marketing, establishing reporting systems and technological resources, as well as identification of $1.4M in scholarship money to be awarded to Pell eligible students who wanted to live in the new residence hall to ensure that the hall would be reflective our our student body. This fall, we opened our waterfront 1,077 bed facility, on time, and at capacity. It features a 450 seat dining commons, as satellite tutoring/writing center, and living/learning spaces. In addition to opening this facility, a comprehensive plan was developed and implemented to elevate the student experience to reflect our student population. Students now have access to 24/7 medical and counseling resources, increased community policing, a robust Title IX policy and education, weekend and evening programs, intentional student learning outcomes-based activities, non-academic wrap-around services for financially struggling students, professional support for DACA, undocumented and TPS students. In addition, an administrator-on-call system has been developed, tested and implemented.


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Past Excellence Award Recipients

  • 2018 Grand Bronze Winner
    Gold Winner
    AVIATE: A Vision for Integrated, Applied, Transformative Education


    The University of Dayton

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  • 2018
    Silver Winner
    Aggie Familia and AFAM


    Texas A&M University

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  • 2018
    Bronze Winner
    University at Albany Disciplinary Probation Release Program: CoRe


    University at Albany

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  • 2012
    Gold Winner
    The E.P.I.C. Journey Sanctioning Model

    Jan McKinney
    University of Texas at San Antonio

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  • 2012
    Silver Winner
    Serving Those Who Have Served- Veteran Housing Policy

    America Esparza
    University of California-Irvine

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  • 2012
    Bronze Winner
    Ethics Awareness Week: An educational event to engage students in discussions of ethical issues in the University and the Work Place

    John Hultsman
    California State University-Bakersfield

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  • 2010-11
    Gold Winner
    Academic Success in Seconds: One Minute Clinics at Minnesota State University Mankato

    Alisa Dean
    Minnesota State University-Mankato

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  • 2010-11
    Silver Winner
    AWARE Program and Residence Life: A Sustained Model Partnership for Alcohol Abuse Prevention at the University of Wyoming

    Lena Newlin
    University of Wyoming

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  • 2010-11
    Bronze Winner
    Goodwill not Landfill: Supporting Environmental and Social Responsibility

    Daryl Heala
    Boston University

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  • 2009
    Gold Winner
    Brooks Residential College – Reshaping Undergraduate Education

    Terri Garrett
    Baylor University

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  • 2009
    Silver Winner
    AWARE Program and Residence Life: A Model Partnership for Alcohol Abuse Prevention at the University of Wyoming

    Lena Newlin
    University of Wyoming

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  • 2009
    Bronze Winner
    The University of Louisville and Allen & O'Hara Education Services: A Partnership in Excellence

    Bradley Shaw
    Allen & O'Hara Education Services, LLC

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  • 2008
    Gold Winner
    NYU's Informed Choices (IC)

    Erin Callihan
    New York University

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  • 2008
    Silver Winner
    E.T.H.I.C.S. (Engaging in Thought about Individual & Community Standards)

    Tamara Bertrand Jones
    Forida State University

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  • 2008
    Bronze Winner
    Feeding Engagement: The dining hall as a new environment for student experiences.

    Jennifer Massey
    Queen's University

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  • 2007
    Gold Winner
    Civic Learning: Impacting Students One at a Time

    Wendy Young
    James Madison University

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  • 2007
    Silver Winner
    Student Behavior Assessment Committee at Stony Brook University

    Anne Byrnes
    Stony Brook University

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  • 2007
    Bronze Winner
    Making Integrity Count is More Than 1,2,3

    Sandra Rhoten
    California State University-Fullerton

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  • 2006
    Gold Winner
    DAY IV Program - Drugs, Alcohol, and You

    Lisa Miller
    Colorado State University

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  • 2006
    Silver Winner
    NYU Explorations Program

    Anna Schmidt
    New York University

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  • 2006
    Bronze Winner
    Cross Functional Move-in Demonstrating Service Excellence

    Andy Sonn
    The George Washington University

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  • 2005
    Gold Winner
    The Information Technology Residential College (ITRC), Louisiana State University

    John F. Yaun
    Louisiana State University

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  • 2005
    Silver Winner
    CIVITAS: American University’s campaign to promote civility and responsible citizenship

    Katsura Kurita Beltz
    American University

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  • 2005
    Bronze Winner
    Learning and Interacting with New Knights (LINK) - First-Year Experience Program

    Jeff Novak
    University of Central Florida

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