New This Year at Valencia: 2014 Innovation of the Year Awards

innovator-spotlight-270wThis year, Valencia will participate for the first time in the Innovation of the Year competition, and you are invited to submit a nomination.

The League for Innovation in the Community College highlights outstanding innovations in community college education through its Innovation of the Year competition. The award is designed to recognize faculty, staff and administrators at member colleges who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies and activities that improve the institution’s ability to serve students and the community.

Winners, chosen internally by each college, will receive an honorary “Innovation of the Year” certificate from the League and have the opportunity to present their winning innovations at the Innovator Spotlight virtual conference, September 24, 2014. One winner or winning team will be accepted for each college or district.

Take advantage of this opportunity to nominate an individual or team that you believe demonstrates innovation according to one or more of the following criteria:

  • Quality – Students and/or staff agree that the innovation increases quality in the course, program, office or institution.
  • Efficiency – The innovation contributes to more efficient processes.
  • Cost effectiveness – The innovation adds value to the institution while containing or reducing costs.
  • Replication – The innovation is easy to replicate at other institutions.
  • Creativity – The innovation is original and creative.
  • Timeliness – The innovation is not more than five years old at the institution, allowing plenty of time for it to be tested.

Award categories will include:

  • Workforce Preparation and Development
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Student Services and Activities
  • Research, Assessment and Accountability
  • Resource Development
  • Basic Skills and Developmental Education
  • Leadership and Organization

A single nomination form must be submitted for each innovation program, practice, partnership, policy or activity. Use the same nomination form to identify the person or team responsible for the design and implementation of the innovation at Valencia. Employees are also allowed to nominate themselves. Only two submissions will be accepted per nominator.

Download Innovation of the Year Award guidelines here. The deadline to submit your nomination is March 13, 2014.

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