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.

Adult Learners and Students with Children

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Award Information

Please submit materials via email to ALSC KC Awards Coordinator Martha Harper [email protected]

Application deadline is October 31st, 8:00pm 2017, for NASPA 2018 Excellence Awards

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

  • 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Adult Learner Program
    Non-Traditional Student Services - Southern Illinois University Carbondale

    NTSS accomplishes its mission through dedicated staff, one-on-one student assistance, and collaborative programming derived from student needs assessment. NTSS utilizes technology to maximize resources and to communicate to the adult student population through social media, a Monday Morning Minute and a monthly e-newsletter that reaches more than 5,000 students. Collaborative efforts to further utilize technology to remove barriers of time and place include timely webinars related to financial aid, time management, Office365 technology and other relevant resources that can be accessed anytime, anywhere and open up opportunity to reach SIU’s adult population on-campus, studying online, or at an off-campus site. NTSS

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Past Recipients

  • 2016 | Susan Stiers and Sylvia Scott

    Off-Campus Connections - University of Arkansas