Terry O'Banion Award

– Bronze Recipient –
Cuyahoga Community College
– Silver Recipient –
Houston Community College
– Gold Recipient –
Cuyahoga Community College
A special feature of the NCSD annual conference is the designation of exemplary practices aimed at furthering student development in community colleges. This process is named the Terry O’Banion Shared Journey Exemplary Practice Award, after the past President of the League for Innovation in the Community College and one of the most recognized and esteemed leaders of student development in higher education in the United States. Through this special application process, nominees present details of an existing or new program in terms of its goals, implementation approaches, and outcomes. Only the most outstanding proposals are selected, and designated as Gold, Silver, and Bronze recipients. Programs given these awards are deemed outstanding because they are highly innovative and model best practices in the field, and because the evidence of effectiveness includes compelling results over time. Recipients need not be members of NCSD to be selected for this award. Only one program per institution will be awarded. Any member of the Executive Board whose institution has a nomination will not judge. Finalists will be invited to attend the NCSD National Conference in October where the Gold, Silver, and Bronze recipients will be awarded.

Nominations will be adjudicated based on the following criteria:

  • Program is outstanding and has responded well to a significant need
  • Program had a demonstrable impact on student outcome based upon verifiable data
  • Program was delivered in innovative or creative ways
  • Program in its entirety or parts could be successfully replicated at other colleges
  • Program is a model of the goals of student development
Complete an online submission form that provides the following information:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • State the nomination is for the “Terry O’Banion Shared Journey Exemplary Practice Award”.
  • Name of the program. Name and location of the college. Names and titles of the program organizers/deliverers. How long the program has been in existence.
  • Why was the program developed? What need was it designed to satisfy? How had that need been recognized?
  • What are the goals and objectives of the program?
  • How was the program designed? Who participated in designing it?
  • How does the program operate? What are its main elements or processes?
  • How is the program unique or unusual? In what ways has the program been creative or innovative?
  • Describe the challenges you have overcome.
  • What impact has the program had? To what extent has it achieved its objectives? How have program outcomes been evaluated?
  • Define the ease of replicating this program in other educational settings. What advice would you give to others trying to replicate it?



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