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.

2019 Nomination Process Now Open!
See below for details

Read about our 2018 honorees.

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.
  • Student Leadership: a student leader with demonstrated accomplishments in engaging students in meaningful service and civic engagement.
  • 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.

Awards for projects, groups, organizations, and businesses

  • Emerging Innovation: a recent project, program, or initiative making unique and innovative contributions that demonstrate strong future potential, including student-led projects.
  • Community Partnership: a campus-community partnership or collaboration that is deep, reciprocal, and transformational.
  • Civic-Minded Employer: an Iowa employer nominated by a member institution for its commitment to corporate social responsibility and employee engagement in community.

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.
  • Organization, group, and business nominees must also be affiliated in some way with a member institution.
  • National service member of the year nominees must be a current member in good standing or have successfully complete their term in 2018-2019 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).
  • 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 below. 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 will review applications for the Civic Mission Leadership, Community Leadership, and Emerging Leadership awards.
  • IACC’s Giving Voice committee will review group and organization nominations. 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 will review applications for the Student Leadership and National Service Member of the Year awards.

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.

November, 2018: Nomination process opens

Monday, March 4, 2019: Nominations due

Monday, April 1, 2019: Nominees and applicants notified (information will be embargoed until official release)

Late April/Early May TBD: Official release and Engaged Campus Awards and Summit