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.

The deadline to submit an entry is February 28, 2019.

The Program Awards Committee will adjudicate the entries following the entry deadline and winners will be notified on or before March 15th.

Submission Components

  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 Criteria

  • 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? 

  • 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? 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

Our Award Winners

We are very proud to share the winners of our annual program awards competition. In addition, a great big thank you to all of our members who enter the program awards competition each year.

WINNER – CREDIT PROGRAMMING OVER 48 HOURS
Centre for Academic Excellence and the Department of Forensic Science, Laurentian University - PHOTO 
Bachelor of Forensic Identification

WINNERS – NON-CREDIT PROGRAMMING OVER 48 HOURS
Sauder Continuing Business Studies, University of British Columbia - PHOTO
Associate Certificate in Agile Leadership

Career and Professional Development, Non-Credit Programs, McGill University
Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance

Faculty of Continuing Education & Extension, Mount Royal University  - PHOTO
Neonatal Extension Certificate

WINNERS – NON-CREDIT PROGRAMMING UNDER 48 HOURS
School of Pharmacy and the Centre for Extended Learning, University of Waterloo - PHOTO
MOAT Online

Continuing Medical Education, College of Medicine and Continuing Physical Therapy Education, School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan - PHOTO
The Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness

WINNER – CREDIT PROGRAMMING UNDER 48 HOURS
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University – PHOTO
Making a Difference: How Journalism Matters

WINNER – CREDIT PROGRAMMING OVER 48 HOURS
Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supplementary Learning Resources in First Year Biology

WINNER – NON–CREDIT PROGRAMMING UNDER 48 HOURS
School of Continuing Studies, McGill University – PHOTO
Anglais Sante

WINNER – NON–CREDIT PROGRAMMING OVER 48 HOURS
Centre for Continuing Education, McMaster Education  – PHOTO
McMaster University Strategic Leader Program

WINNER – NON–CREDIT PROGRAMMING OVER 48 HOURS
Open Learning and Educational Support, University of Guelph – PHOTO
Teaching English for Academic Purposes Certificate Program

WINNER – NON–CREDIT PROGRAMMING OVER 48 HOURS
School of Continuing Studies, York University – PHOTO
Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals and Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security