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 the target audience and students are demonstrated.

Submission Components

Complete the submission form below and attach the following information to your submission. 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).

The Program Awards Committee will adjudicate the entries following the February 15th deadline, and winners will be notified on or around 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?