Excellence Award: Commuter, Off-Campus, Military-Connected, Non-traditional, and related

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Application Deadline: October 21, 2022 | Award Type: excellence

This award seeks to highlight innovative initiatives that relate to the programs, policies, procedures, best practices, or services provided for students at off-campus locations or in the community, students who do not live on campus, non-traditional aged students, non-traditional format for studies, and military-connected students. This may include initiatives provided by any department; however it is important that the initiative nominated is related to the category and addresses a critical need.

The successful nomination will concisely explain how the program, policy, procedure, practice or service relates to the institutional or Student Affairs’/Student Services 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.


Overview of Excellence Awards

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.

Applications will open late summer of 2022 and will be due October 21, 2022. Gold Award recipients will be recognized at the 2023 NASPA Annual Conference in Boston, MA. 

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.

Excellence Awards 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.

Excellence Awards Application 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)
  • Abstract (3-5 sentence summary of the program)
  • Information around Student Learning and/or Success, Mission and/or Advancement of Student Affairs, Student and/or Campus Needs, Collaboration and Sustainability
  • Optional letters of support (maximum of two)
  • Optional additional materials (maximum of three)
  • Optional web links (maximum of three)

Excellence Awards 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.