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Click on Desired Awards
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Contribution to Higher Education
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Contribution to Knowledge
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Collaborative Excellence
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Professional Service
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Innovative Practice
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Lifetime Achievement
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**Reminder: These examples are not all-inclusive and are solely to be used as a resourceIf you have any questions, please email recognize@acpa.nche.edu
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CriteriaExamplesApplicable Awards
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Nomination LetterContribution to Knowledge, Contribution to Higher Education, Collaborative Excellence, Lifetime Achievement, Professional Service, Innovative Practice
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At Least Two Supporting Letters from Scholars or Leaders in the FieldContribution to Knowledge, Lifetime Achievement, Professional Service
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At Least Three Supporting Letters from Leaders in the FieldContribution to Higher Education
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Nominee's Resume or Curriculum VitaeContribution to Knowledge, Lifetime Achievement, Professional Service, Innovative Practice
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Evidence of a body of work that significantly impacts and advances the field.Quantity of articles of publication, types of publication, measurable data on impact, subject of research or scholarly workContribution to Knowledge
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Evidence of sustained reputation as a thought leader and scholar in the field.Longevity of research or contribution to the field
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Evidence of a scholarly record that is recognized and used by other scholars and scholar-practitioners.Evidence of citation (journals, articles, social media, etc.) Contribution to Knowledge
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Demonstrated connection or commitment to ACPAResearch or scholarly work advances goals of the Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization, nominee serves in a membership or leadership role in an ACPA Entity Group, Governing Board, or the ACPA Foundation, duration of involvement in ACPA Contribution to Higher Education, Contribution to Knowledge, Collaborative Excellence, Professional Service Award, Lifetime Achievement, Innovative Practice
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Evidence of ways the nominee has advanced a broad higher education agenda through work at the institutional, regional, and national levelsScholarly work, policy development, lobbyingContribution to Higher Education
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Evidence of contribution to the higher education landscape, enhancing the work done on college campuses and with college students.Longevity of research or contribution to the field, scope of contributionContribution to Higher Education
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Brief Abstract of the ProgramCollaborative Excellence
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Letters of Support from Senior LeadersCollaborative Excellence, Lifetime Achievement
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Marketing Materials, Articles, etc. as AppropriateCollaborative Excellence
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Evidence of exemplary partnership or collaboration for at least 2 years. Number of parties involved, structure of partnerships (ie. are multiple divisions or external partners included), etc.Collaborative Excellence
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Evidence that the program fosters student learning and has contributed positively to the university. Impact, areas or populations servedCollaborative Excellence
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Documented assessment of the program learning outcomes and results.Percentage growth, acknowledgement of goals and objectives with measurable results, inclusion of data (qualitative and/or quantitative)Collaborative Excellence
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Evidence of significant scholarly productivity and/or exemplary leadership in the field.Roles held, duration of roles, accomplishments within role, quantity of articles of publication, types of publication, measurable data on impact, subject of research or scholarly workLifetime Achievement
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Evidence of extraordinary involvement and service to the field.Impact, areas or populations served, collaborations, legacy of work, depth of workLifetime Achievement
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Evidence of sustained contribution to the field. Longevity of research or contribution to the field, citation of work by others, contribution throughout different stages of their careerLifetime Achievement
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Minimum of 15 years as a scholar or practitioner in student affairs within an institution of higher educationProfessional Service
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Evidence of making a significant contribution(s) to the co-curricular student experience, their campus, and/or their colleagues. Impact, areas or populations served, collaborations, legacy of workProfessional Service, Innovative Practice
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Is well versed in the literature and has evidence of applying theory to practice in their work. (This could be far ranging from student affairs, developmental theory, environmental and cultural literature and research.)Examples of theories used in workProfessional Service
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Two Supporting Letters from Department and Campus LeadershipInnovative Practice
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Minimum of 8 years as a practitioner in student affairsInnovative Practice
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Evidence of implementing innovative practices.
Strategies now being utilized by other institutions, offices, or departments as a best practice, practice responds to root cause/need, practice approaches work or need in a new/creative way
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