About the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award

The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recognizes outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying innovative solutions
to a challenging educational need.

WCET’s mission is to advance learner access and success through postsecondary digital learning for a more equitable world.

In order to showcase the excellent work happening in the higher education digital learning space, we invite our members to nominate such works for one of the 2024 WOW Awards. WOW us with how your organization or institution uses digital learning and/or technology to transform learning and learner success.

2024 Eligibility

To qualify for this award, nominees must be a WCET member institution or organization in good standing. Check our list of members or join us and become a WCET member now!

Institutions or organizations that received the WCET Outstanding Work award in 2023 are not eligible to submit a nomination this year, but they will again be eligible next year. A work nominated last year that did not receive the WCET Outstanding Work award may be updated and resubmitted using the 2024 criteria.

2024 Nominations

2024 Nominations are closed.

The nomination form includes the following questions:

  1. How has the organization or institution made a positive impact toward transforming learner success?(300-500 words)
  2. What is a creative and/or innovative in the way that technology and/or digital learning has been used by the nominee? (250- 500 words)
  3. What has the impact been on learner equity? (200-500 words)

Judging and Notification

The WOW Awards Committee, comprised of WCET member volunteers, will review all nominations and will select the recipients. The WCET Outstanding Work Awards Committee may grant a maximum of three awards and reserves the right to grant fewer than three awards.

Judges will review submissions regarding the innovative nature of the digital learning initiative/project and its impact on learning and equity in higher education.

Winners will:

  • Receive a digital WOW Award to display electronically on your website and/or social media.
  • Be invited to submit a guest post on WCET Frontiers.
  • Be invited for an episode of the WCET Frontiers Pod podcast.
  • Be honored at the Awards Celebration Luncheon on October 9 during the WCET Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA.
  • Be awarded a plaque during the Awards Celebration.
  • Be featured in a national press-release with winners of WCET awards.

Award Timeline:

  • Nominations Open – May 1, 2024
  • Nominations Close – June 13, 2024 **DEADLINE EXTENDED
  • Winners Announced – Fall 2024
  • Blogs and Podcast Episodes Showcasing Winners – Fall 2024
  • Recipients Honored at WCET Annual Meeting – October 8 – 10, 2024

Have questions? We’re here to help, contact us at wceinfo@wiche.edu.

Past WOW Award Winners

See the innovative work addressing important higher education challenges recognized by past WOW awardees in our full list of previous recipients.