SANsational Awards

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The SANsational Award recognizes outstanding efforts by SAN member institutions and organizations in developing a high-quality, comprehensive solution to a challenging state authorization issue.  Works nominated for the SANsational Award should:

  • Present solutions that meet the requirements and needs of regulators, the institution, and (most especially) students.
  • Demonstrate a clear, comprehensive, and elegant solution to meeting compliance requirements.
  • Be able to be adapted or replicated as a model for others.

The SANsational Award recognizes member achievements and publicizes their accomplishments. This award is meant to showcase good practice in state authorization work while encouraging others to strive for continued progress. 

2016 Awardees

The 2016 SANsational Award winners are categorized into two categories:

  • Location: How do you identify where your students are located?
    • Northern Arizona University
  • Institutional Authorization:  Notifications and disclosures for institutional state authorizations and compliance status
    • University of New Mexico

Read more about these two institutions and their award winning projects.


SANsational Award Criteria

SANsational Award will be awarded separately in each of the following categories:

  • Location: How do you identify where your students are located?
  • Institutional Authorization: Notifications and disclosures for institutional state authorizations and compliance status.
  • Licensure Programs: Notifications and disclosures for professional licensure program status in each state.

Eligibility

WCET SAN members (institutions, organizations, or corporations) in good standing are eligible to be nominated for a WCET SANsational Award. Members may nominate themselves for the award.  Look to your own campus and to those of your network for successful works that meet the WCET SAN criteria.  Encourage your colleagues to submit a nomination.  

Award Criteria

The WCET SANsational Award recognizes outstanding efforts by SAN member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative solution to challenging state authorization work.  Well-written nominations that directly address each criterion are encouraged for this competitive award.  Each nomination should not exceed four pages in length and should contain links to any web pages referenced.

Location: How do you identify where your students are?

To be successful in assuring compliance for institutional state authorization and requisite authorizations for licensure programs, each institution needs to track where their students receive the instruction. Describe any technologies or tools used to determine and track student location.  SAN is searching for clear, comprehensive, and practical solutions to this requirement. Applicants should describe their process and address the following criteria:

  • Comprehensive. Describe the process (or processes) used to account for all students enrolled in other states both in distance education courses or field experiences of distance and campus-based students (internships, field trips, etc.).
  • Frequency. Describe the frequency with which you identify where your students are located and why you believe that frequency is appropriate.
  • Student Requirements. Describe if the process is mandatory or if students opt out of identifying where they are located.
  • Practical. Describe how the solution is not overly burdensome for institutional personnel or the student.

Institutional Authorization: Notifications and disclosures for state authorization

Institutions are expected (sometines required) to provide clear notifications and disclosures about their state authorization status to the general public and students. Please describe all the methods, locations, and messages you use to disclose your institution’s state authorization status.

  • Visibility. Describe all the methods by which the general public or a student can learn about your institution’s authorization status and where these are located.
  • Accuracy. Describe the process for ensuring the accuracy of the disclosures initially and then keeping them current.
  • Ease of use. Describe how the general public and the students can locate these disclosures.
  • Ease of understanding.  Provide the language your institution uses for these disclosures.

Licensure-track Programs: Notifications and disclosures for professional licensure

Institutions are required to provide clear notifications about an institution's status regarding professional licensure-track programs in each state. Please describe all the methods and locations you use to notify students and the message you use to inform them about your status regarding professional licensure-track programs.

  • Visibility. Describe all the places where the general public and a student are informed about the acceptability of your professional licensure programs in each state, where these disclosures are located, and how to find each one.
  • Ease of use. Describe how the general public and the students can locate these disclosures.
  • Ease of understanding.  Provide the language your institution uses for these disclosures.

Nomination Process

Nominations should be submitted via email to Marianne Boeke at marianne@nchems.org.  Be sure to identify a contact person and provide that person's email address and phone number. If you have any questions, Marianne can be reached at the email provided above or by phone 303-497-0357. You will receive an acknowledgement for every submission as it is received by WCET-SAN.

Awardee Selection

The SANsational Award Committee, comprised of Cheryl Dowd of WCET-SAN, Jeannie Yockey-Fine of Cooley LLP, Sharyl Thompson of HER Consulting, and Brianna Bates of New York University (a 2015 SANsational award winner), will review all nominations and select the recipients.  The WCET SANsational Award Committee may grant a maximum of three awards per topic and reserves the right to grant fewer than three awards per topic.

Awardee Recognition

Recipients of the 2016 WCET SANsational Award will:

  • Be recognized in a WCET press release.
  • Be recognized on the WCET SAN web pages as an award winner.
  • Be recognized at the 2016 WCET Annual Meeting SAN Workshop to be held on October 12-14, 2016 in Minneapolis, MN.  
  • Be allowed to display the WCET SANsational Award logo on their website and printed materials indicating that they have been awarded the 2016 WCET SANsational Award.

Questions:

On the process or status of nominations: Marianne Boeke at Marianne@nchems.org
On the suitability of a potential nomination: Russ Poulin at rpoulin@wiche.edu