Program Awards

The CAUCE Program Awards recognize excellence in university continuing education programs in Canada and aim to nurture the concept of scholarship of practice inherent in the program development process.  A call for awards submissions goes out to CAUCE members in mid-November of each year.

Up to six awards are made annually, distributed over four programming categories. If fewer than six applicants are deemed worthy of awards, then fewer awards are made.

  • Credit programming under 48 hours
  • Credit programming over 48 hours
  • Non-Credit programming under 48 hours
  • Non-Credit programming over 48 hours

To be eligible, the program must have been offered at least once and that outcomes for target audience and students are demonstrated.

Submission Components

Complete the Submission Form (available of November 14th) and attach to your submission (in one combined PDF document). The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019.

  1. An abstract (not exceeding 200 words)
  2. The program description, not exceeding six (6) pages (be selective; please do not include a detailed curriculum of all the course materials)
  3. A copy of the promotional material(s).

Adjudication will take place following the February 15th deadline, and winners will be notified on or before March 15th.
Adjudication Criteria

1. Value/Service: What value and/or service does the program provide to the student clientele, institutional or community collaborators or partners, as well as the home institution?  What are the indications of its value?
2. Complexity: What is the degree of complexity in program development; for example, negotiations with partner institutions, agencies or target groups, financing or delivery challenges, diversity of students, marketing strategies, and evaluation? 
3. Ingenuity and Innovation: Is the program innovative, imaginative or unique in terms of its overall concept, or in terms of specific curriculum?  The focus of this criterion is on the ingenuity of the content, process, and delivery.
4. Innovation in Delivery: Has the program developed innovative ways to deliver content or to support students to take the program? The focus of this criteria is on how the program is delivered to meet the needs of non-traditional students.
5. Profile of Continuing Education: How does the program enhance the profile of continuing education within its home university and the community in terms of research, practice or service?

Program Awards Committee

Heather Stamp-Nunes, Memorial University of Newfoundland MUN (Co-Chair)
Danelle Greebe, University of Calgary (Co-Chair)
Jo-Anne Clarke, University of Victoria
Kristopher Noseworthy, Université de Saint-Boniface
Raveen Sanghera, Simon Fraser University

Nada Saviicevic, Ryerson University
Jane Costello, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Effie Dracopoulos, McGill University
Lorraine Mercer, Huntington University
CAUCE Executive Liaison: Sheila LeBlanc, University of Calgary


2018-2019 INVITATION TO SUBMIT – CAUCE Member Institutions

Dear Colleagues:

As co-chair of the CAUCE Program Awards Committee, I invite you to submit your outstanding continuing education programs for consideration for a CAUCE Program Award of Excellence. The Program Awards will be presented at the CAUCE  Annual Meeting and Conference to be held May 29-31, 2019 in Hamilton Ontario.

The deadline for complete program submission is February 15, 2019. There is no limit to the number of submissions from one institution or one programmer. Programs must have been held or delivered during the period from October 1, 2017 to March 1, 2019, and should have demonstrable outcomes.

Submissions from subscriber members of CAUCE must be related to programs carried out in conjunction with a CAUCE member institution; award certificates are supplied to co‑sponsoring institutions where appropriate.

Please feel free to contact me if I can provide any assistance or 709-864-8364.

Yours sincerely,

Heather Stamp-Nunes, Co-Chair
Program Awards Committee