Engaged Campus Awards

The Engaged Campus Awards are designed to recognize the achievements of students, faculty, staff, alumni, community organizations, and AmeriCorps members for their work advancing the civic mission of higher education through community engagement and partnerships that positively impact students and communities.

Read about last year’s honorees.

The deadline to submit nominations is March 30, 2018. We made a few changes this year, read about them here.

All nominations must be submitted using the online form. Nominations and supplemental materials received outside of the online form will not be considered. All nominees and applicants will be notified on Monday, April 16, 2018. The three network choice online voting finalists will be notified at this time. The network choice award winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 with the other winners.

The Annual Engaged Campus Awards and Summit event will be held in Cedar Rapids at Coe College on Thursday, May 9, 2018 from 10am to 3pm.

Awards for students and student groups

  • Student Leadership: a student leader with demonstrated accomplishments in engaging students in meaningful service and civic engagement.
  • Network Choice Award: student organizations or student-led projects can be nominated for online voting in late April that will allow our network to select a winner.

Awards for individuals

  • Civic Mission Leadership: a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated leadership for higher education civic engagement and has worked to give voice to the civic mission of higher education.
  • Community Leadership: an alum of a member institution making strong contributions to their community and demonstrating the values of the civic mission of higher education.
  • Emerging Leadership: a new person in the field who is making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential.

Awards for groups or projects

  • Emerging Innovation: a recent project, program, or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential.
  • Community Partnership: a campus-community partnership or collaboration that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.

Awards for AmeriCorps members

  • National Service Member of the Year: individual full-time, part-time, and summer AmeriCorps and VISTA members (in IACC programs) who have made significant contributions to building a community partner or campus department’s capacity.

Who can be nominated?

  • Individual nominees must be affiliated with an Iowa Campus Compact member institution as an employee, volunteer, student, alum, or community partner.
  • Group nominees must also be affiliated with a member institution and can be any recognized campus organization or campus-community partnership.
  • Network Choice Award nominees must be student organizations or student-led projects affiliated with an Iowa Campus Compact member institution.
  • National service member of the year nominees must be a current member in good standing or have successfully complete their term in 2017-2018 program year with either the Iowa College AmeriCorps Program or the Iowa Campus Compact VISTA Program (this includes part time, full time and summer members).

Who can make nominations?

  • Nominations can come from employees, students, alumni and community partners of Iowa Campus Compact member institutions (self-nominations accepted).

Nominations will be evaluated by review committees using a rubric described in this document. All eligible nominations will receive recognition. Awards will not necessarily be given each year in each category.

Iowa Campus Compact uses three review committees to select awardees:

  • Previous recipients of individual awards will review and select awardees which recognize faculty, staff, and alumni. This committee uses a double blind review process. This committee will review applications for the Civic Mission Leadership, Community Leadership, and Emerging Leadership awards.
  • IACC’s Giving Voice committee will review and select awardees which recognize groups or projects. Committee members are asked to recuse themselves from scoring nominations where they have a prior relationship. This committee will review applications for the emerging Innovation and Community Partnership awards.
  • Students from member campuses will review and select awardees which recognize students, student groups, and AmeriCorps members. This committee uses a double blind review process. This committee will review applications for the Student Leadership and National Service Member of the Year awards. This committee will select three finalists for the Network Choice award.

The Network Choice award is selected using an online voting system. The finalist with the most votes is selected as the awardee. The online voting system gives finalists the opportunity to build awareness and excitement for their group or project on campus and in the community.

Scoring
Nominations are reviewed by each of the committees. Nominations are scored individually on a scale of 0 to 100. Scoring rubrics are listed below.

GENERAL NARRATIVES (60 POINTS)

Relevant accomplishments of the nominee. Narrative describing the nominee’s qualifications for the award including how they have demonstrated commitment to educating active citizens and building strong communities through civic and community engagement in higher education.

Item 0 – 10 11 – 19 20 – 24 25 – 30
Relevant and significant accomplishments Within the context of the community, accomplishments are not relevant or significant. Within the context of the community, accomplishments are somewhat relevant to needs and somewhat significant. Within the context of the community, accomplishments are relevant to needs and significant. Within the context of the community, accomplishments are relevant to pressing needs and very significant.
Accomplishments are deep commitments and reciprocal to all stake holders Accomplishments are not deep or reciprocal. Accomplishments represent only some stakeholders and commitments lack depth. Accomplishments are reciprocal to all stakeholders and represent strong commitments. Accomplishments are clearly reciprocal to all stakeholders and represent deep  and lasting commitments.

AWARD SPECIFIC NARRATIVE (40 POINTS)

A strong nomination will make a clear and compelling case that the nominee deserve recognition in the specific category chosen.

Item 0 – 9 10-19 20 – 29 30 – 40
The nominee exemplifies the selected award category Nominee does not clearly fit within award category and there is little to no evidence that this nomination is deserving of high levels of recognition. Nominee somewhat fits the award category, but there is a lack of evidence that this nomination is deserving of high levels of recognition. Nominee fits the award category and a strong case is made that this nomination is deserving of high levels of recognition. Nominee epitomizes the award category and a very clear and compelling case is made that this nomination is deserving of the highest levels of recognition.

October, 2017: Nomination process opens

Friday, March 30, 2018: All nominations due

Monday, April 16, 2018: Nominees and applicants notified (including Network Choice Finalists)

Thursday, April 19 – April 24, 2018: Network Choice online voting

Monday, April 25, 2018: Winners publicly announced

Wednesday, May 9, 2018: Engaged Campus Awards and Summit, Coe College, Cedar Rapids