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Call for Nominations: CICan Awards of Excellence 2017-2018

Deadline: December 18, 2017

The Colleges and Institutes Canada Awards of Excellence Program recognizes and promotes excellence within colleges, institutes, cégeps, and polytechnics in Canada. The Awards showcase the extraordinary contribution of individuals to their communities and highlight the role of Canadian institutions in social, cultural and economic development. There are three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Eligibility

Only CICan member institutions may participate.

There are eight awards of excellence categories

Leadership Excellence, Student

Colleges, institutes, polytechnics and cégeps have traditionally played a learning leadership role in the communities they serve. Although the entire institution participates, inevitably, certain individuals make an outstanding contribution each year. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Students recognizes an individual student or team that have made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves. This Award is for currently enrolled students.

Criteria

The review will be based on the following criteria.

  • Internal Impact: Evidence of significant and verifiable impact on the institution, as well as on student life and on the greater community at large. (40 points)
  • External Impact: Evidence that the nominee or team has made an important contribution through community involvement in developing the institution’s positive image. (25 points)
  • Academic Excellence: Verifiable evidence that the student’s or students’ grade point average is at or above the mean in the program in which they are registered. Includes a descriptive summary (awards received, participation in committees, etc.). (15 points)
  • Consistency: Assurance that these leadership skills have been consistently evidenced over no less than 12 months and have had a sustainable effect on the institution. (20 points)

Leadership Excellence, Faculty

Colleges, institutes, polytechnics and cégeps have traditionally played a learning leadership role in the communities they serve. Although the entire institution participates, inevitably, certain individuals make an outstanding contribution each year. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Faculty recognizes an individual or a team who has exhibited consistent excellence in teaching and has had a significant impact on the personal and academic growth of students. The nominee or team must be currently employed by the institution.

Criteria

The review will be based on the following criteria.

  • Commitment: The nominee or team has shown a consistent commitment to student success and to developing methodologies, materials, and processes which have contributed to student success. (20 points)
  • Leadership in Teaching: The nominee or team has provided a leadership role model for teaching colleagues and students. (20 points)
  • Impact: The nominee’s or team’s work has had a recognized and substantial impact on students (employment, success rate), colleagues (through professional development and example) and the institution (reputation in the subject area). (20 points)
  • Sustainability: The nominee’s or team’s commitment has been broadly evident over their career to date. (20 points)
  • Adaptability: One of the nominee’s or team’s strengths is the ability to adapt teaching styles, methodologies, or materials to fit student needs and available resources. (20 points)

Leadership Excellence, Staff – Managerial

Colleges, institutes, polytechnics and cégeps have traditionally played a learning leadership role in the communities they serve. Although the entire institution participates, inevitably, certain individuals make an outstanding contribution each year.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Staff – managerial recognizes an individual or a team who has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves. The nominee or team must be currently employed by the institution and play a managerial role. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category. CEOs and board members are not eligible.

Criteria

The review will be based on the following criteria.

  • Impact: The nominee or team has had a significant, positive and verifiable impact on his/her institution and, thus, the internal and external communities it serves. (25 points)
  • Community Involvement: The nominee or team has shown leadership in working with external community partners. (20 points)
  • Team Work: The nominee or team has involved others in activities and provided a motivational influence. (20 points)
  • Creativity: Evidence of creativity has been shown in meeting challenges with available resources. (15 points)
  • Dynamism: There is evidence of a significant contribution to the institution’s positive image in the internal and external communities it serves. (10 points)
  • Sustained Leadership: Evidence that these leadership skills have been consistently applied over an extended period. (10 points)

Leadership Excellence, Staff – Non-Managerial

Colleges, institutes, polytechnics and cégeps have traditionally played a learning leadership role in the communities they serve. Although the entire institution participates, inevitably, certain individuals make an outstanding contribution each year.

The Leadership Excellence Award for Staff – non-managerial recognizes an individual or a team who has made an exceptional contribution within their institution and within the communities it serves. The nominee or team must be currently employed by the institution and play a non-managerial role. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category. CEOs and board members are not eligible.

Criteria

The review will be based on the following criteria.

  • Institutional Impact: Evidence that the nominee or team has had a significant, positive and verifiable impact on her/his institution and the greater community at large. (30 points)
  • Team Work: Evidence that the nominee or team has involved others in activities and provided a motivational influence. (25 points)
  • Performance and Contribution: The nominee or team has demonstrated exemplary performance of duties and has contributed overall to the institution through involvement on committees, volunteer work, etc. The institution, students and community at large have benefited from their participation, contributions and involvement in activities, both internally and externally. (25 points)
  • Creativity: Evidence of creativity in meeting challenges with available resources. (20 points)

Program Excellence

The Program Excellence Award recognizes a program that is innovative, portable, sustainable, and effective. The Program should involve several institutional constituents (faculty, students, staff, administration, and governors). The Program should also involve at least one external industry or community partner. Each college or institute may submit up to two (2) nominations in this category.

Please note that for the purposes of this award, a program is considered a series of related courses that result in a post-secondary credential.

Criteria

The review will be based on the following criteria.

  • Innovation: Evidence of innovative practices in an existing program or the creation of a new program in response to a learning need not adequately being met. Programs nominated for this Award are not commonly available in this format across the college/institute system. (20 points)
  • Portability: Ease of transfer of content and/or delivery mode to other institutions. The program does not rely on the existence of unique infrastructure or geographic location and can be offered in another location or region. (15 points)
  • Sustainability: The program is meeting a long term substantial need and serves a group of learners over a significant period. (20 points)
  • Effectiveness: Evidence that the program has been effective with learners and has reached or surpassed its objectives. (25 points)
  • Participation: Evidence that the program involves several institutional constituents (faculty, students, staff, administration and governors) and at least one external industry or community partner. (20 points)

Indigenous Education Excellence

The Indigenous Education Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has a demonstrated commitment to Indigenous education through innovative approaches and dedicated structures, curriculum, holistic support services and community partnerships that contribute to learner success, as well as socio-economic development and reconciliation within communities. This award is not for an individual.

Criteria

The review will be based on the following criteria.

  • Institutional commitment: The mandate to serve Indigenous learners and communities is embedded in colleges’ and institutes’ strategic plans. Governance structures recognize and respect Indigenous peoples through representation on Boards, Program Advisory Committees, Student Associations through delegated seats for First Nation, Métis and Inuit leaders, and allow for parallel Indigenous Advisory Councils and Elder/Métis Senator Councils. The number of Indigenous employees with ongoing appointments throughout the institution, including Indigenous senior administrators has increased. (25 points)
  • Respect of Intellectual and Cultural Traditions: Evidence that the college or institute has implemented curriculum and learning approaches relevant to learners and communities such as: transition and upgrading programs. Examples would be: linkages and partnerships between K-12 and post-secondary education systems; flexibility in the delivery of programs to allow stop-out and start-up options; culturally relevant assessment tools which may differ for First Nation, Métis and Inuit learners; give post-secondary credits for traditional knowledge, as for other skills and areas of expertise. (20 points)
  • Increased understanding and reciprocity among Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples: Evidence that the college or institute supports students and employees increased understanding and reciprocity by: integrating the use of Indigenous language and traditional ways of doing and being at events, ceremonies and meetings, and by providing staff and faculty training. (15 points)
  • Services and Learning Environments: Evidence that the college or institute has established environments that are Indigenous-centred, holistic, and that foster learner success through: culturally relevant assessment services; visible and viable culture, language and Elder/Métis Senator involvement; experiences; integrated systems and provisions to eliminate financial barriers. (15 points)
  • Relationship Building: Evidence that the college or institute has formalized partnerships with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities, Indigenous institutes of higher learning and Indigenous organizations such as Friendship Centres and Métis Community Councils. Partnerships will be response to economic development and labour market needs and will have evolved from an open and genuine consultation approach. (25 points)

Applied Research and Innovation Excellence

The Applied Research and Innovation Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has improved the productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and community partners through the development of new and improved products, processes and services and has provided students and graduates with real world innovation experience. This award is not for an individual.

Criteria

The review will be based on the following criteria.

  • Institutional commitment: Evidence of commitment in building the institutional capacity to support SMEs and social innovation in the community. (25 points)
  • Impact on SMEs: Evidence of new or improved products, processes, services that enhance profile and market opportunities. (25 points)
  • Impact on Communities and Regions: Evidence of enhanced collaboration with companies, community partners, local associations and organizations that have a significant and sustainable impact on local or regional innovation. (25 points)
  • Impact on Students: Demonstrated application of skills into workplace settings, with a focus on the capacity to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship activities. (25 points)

Internationalization Excellence

The Internationalization Excellence Award recognizes a college or institute that has shown leadership in the internationalizing of their entire institution for the benefit of its learners and community. This award is not for an individual.

Criteria

The review will be based on the following criteria.

  • Student and Faculty Participation: Innovative ways of involving students and faculty in international and cross-cultural projects and activities. (25 points)
  • Integration of International Students: Strategies to help international students integrate and succeed in the institutional and broader community. (25 points)
  • Institutional Partnerships: Innovation and sustainability of international partnerships for development or for two-way exchanges. (25 points)
  • Curriculum and Programs: Effective approaches to the integration of international knowledge and skills into curriculum and programs. (25 points)

Guidelines

Deadline

Nominations must be submitted electronically, by 23:59 EST Monday, December 18th, 2017 to: blandry@collegesinstitutes.ca

Nomination

Each nomination must be submitted electronically and should not exceed 5 pages in total. The nomination should include the following:

  • Endorsement Letter: The endorsement letter must be included and signed by the President or Director General of the institution. The letter is not counted within the 5 pages.
  • Executive Summary: The executive summary should provide a condensed overview of the key elements of the nomination in no more than 350 words. The executive summary of gold recipients will be included in the Awards Showcase and on the CICan website.
  • Biographical Summary of the Nominee or Team: For Leadership Excellence Award nominees. This should not be presented in a CV format.
  • Evidence: The nomination must provide evidence that supports each of the criteria.
  • Supporting Testimonials: More than one testimonial may be included on a same page.
  • Photo of Nominee: A high resolution color photo in JPG format is required. For the Leadership Excellence Awards, a head shot photo of the nominee or color photo of the team is best, for the other awards, a group photo (students and instructors or in the field) is best. Please attach the file separately. The Photo is not counted within the 5 pages.
  • Contact information: Please provide contact information for CICan follow up.

Note: Gold recipients will be asked to provide a one (1) minute video clip to be shown at the conference.

Acknowledgement

Upon receipt of the completed nomination, an acknowledgement email will be sent to the person who submitted the nomination.

Final Results

In February, the results will be sent to the President or Director General of each nominating institution.

Recognition

Awards of Excellence recipients will be recognized at the CICan 2018 Conference in Victoria, BC, from April 29 to May 1, 2018.

Awards Selection Committees

Each nomination is reviewed by an independent selection committee with representation from across CICan member institutions. Peer reviewers participate on a voluntary basis and a reviewer cannot sit on more than one selection committee. Every nomination is reviewed independently from one another and a nomination will not be reviewed by someone from the same institution as the nominee.


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