2015-06-12

Outstanding Undergraduate Adult Learner Program

Given in recognition of an outstanding entity/program within a higher education institution that provides exceptional support--characterized by a collection of creative methods--to undergraduate adult learners. Areas of consideration may include, but are not limited to, cost-effectiveness of services or wise use of resources, overall reach, and the involvement of others outside of the immediate program.  Nominees for this award are innovative areas that break new ground in serving adult learners, raise substantial awareness in the surrounding community, and/or make an exceptional impact. 

*Award will be given in two categories, community college and four-year institution. 

Recipients will receive a certificate and plaque of award, and be recognized at the NASPA annual conference. Additionally a letter of commendation will be sent from the NASPA ALSC KC Chair to the institution president, student affairs officer and selected local media. Finally the program/entity will be showcased on the NASPA ALSC KC website.

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Award Information

Deadline: Oct. 28, 2018

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Award Criteria

1. Addresses needs of undergraduate nontraditional students or adult learners to encourage persistence. 

2. Shows involvement, inclusion, and collaboration with others.

3. Uses innovative and creative methods, practices, or activities.

4. Imbedded with a practice of outcomes and assessment.

*Submissions will be assessed for the quality of the description, explanation of concepts, and clarity of writing.

*Rubric for selection

  • Materials must be submitted by the specified deadline.
  • Materials include a description and outline of the program/entity of 1250 words or less. (PDF)
  • Materials include a summary of the assessment and outcomes 500 words or less.(PDF)
  • Letter(s), maximum of two, of support for the nominated program. (PDF)
  • Include an executive summary 500 words of less. (PDF)
  • Include supporting materials, photos, flyers, etc. must be in PDF or JPG format.

Current Recipients

  • 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Adult Learner Program
    Broome County H.E.A.R.S. - SUNY Broome and Binghamton Univ.

    Broome County HEARS assists students who have stopped out of higher education through the re-enrollment processes, academic program guidance, and reviewing of past course completion. Through direct student contact e.g. phone calls, emails, text messages, HEARS enlists students to return to their previous institution utilizing a guided pathways model to assist them in their re-enrollment including program review and information gathering, discussions of current and future goals, and admission and financial aid application assistance. By facilitating the process for re-enrollment, stopped-out students are more likely to return to their institution due to continuous follow up, reminders, and one-on-one assistance through any barriers that arise. Once readmitted, students are placed on academic alert and the appropriate student success coordinator receives continuous up-to-date alerts to ensure program completion.


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Past Recipients

  • 2017 | Deborah Barnett

    Non-Traditional Student Services - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • 2016 | Susan Stiers and Sylvia Scott

    Off-Campus Connections - University of Arkansas