Awards

Each year, HECMA has honored a prominent case management and student affairs leader for their contributions and impact on our field via our Leadership Award. In 2016-2017, we expanded our awards in order to recognize and honor the contributions of a larger group of outstanding case management professionals.

Congratulations to our 2018 HECMA Annual Award Recipients!

HECMA Leadership Award

The HECMA Leadership Award was established to honor an individual whose professional accomplishments have made a significant impact on the field of higher education case management, and whose character & work products have earned the respect and admiration of their professional colleagues.

The recipient of the annual Leadership Award will be an individual whose contributions and exceptional dedication have provided a positive vision for the future of Case Management in Higher Education at their institutional and state level. This prestigious award recognizes the leadership qualities of the recipients, both professional and personal, that have encouraged others to develop their own gifts of leadership and whose continuing commitment has played a role in shaping the field.

 

Ted K. Miller Award, CAS 

The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) is a consortium of 43 professional associations in higher education. Founded in 1979, CAS develops and disseminates standards of practice and related materials for the purpose of fostering student learning and development through enhancing the quality of programs and services. The Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award was established by CAS to be given to an individual, higher education institution, or professional association in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in advancing standards of practice and quality assurance in educational programs and services in higher education.

The Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award is named in honor of Ted Miller, CAS’s first president from 1979-1989, a professor emeritus of the University of Georgia, and the CAS publications editor until his retirement in 2004.

Criteria for recognizing individuals:

  1. Outstanding leadership or creative initiative are exhibited in the promotion of standards in higher education, and/or in the field of student learning and development.
  2. Significant publications and/or other professional activities have been accomplished in the field of standards, their application, and relevant assessment of student learning and development.
  3. CAS standards are reflected and the goals of CAS are promoted in publications and in facilitated assessment activities, and are significantly included in their work and/or through professional activities.

Criteria for recognizing institutions or units within an institution:

  1. Standards are identified and used to guide practice.
  2. Student learning and development has been enhanced in the institution through the application of standards and assessment of outcomes.
  3. The application of standards has contributed to the development of a culture of assessment within an institution or unit.
  4. CAS standards were instrumental in facilitating assessment and change, and the goals of CAS are reflected in publications and among faculty members and staff.

Nominated case managers must have been a HECMA member for at least one year and hold a current membership. Nominations for people or programs must include one letter of support and should speak to the nominee’s qualifications, experience with advancing standards of practice and quality assurance in educational programs and services in higher education, and document evidence of excellence in assessment of student learning and development in accordance with the criteria outlined above. Additional letters of support are welcome.

Outstanding Clinical Case Manager

This award is intended to recognize a professional in the field of higher education clinical case management who has demonstrated excellence in the past year. Candidates for this award should be full-time employees and assigned primary responsibility in clinical case management, maintain licensure in their state, perform clinical duties, and be a current member of HECMA.

Nominations must include a Nomination Letter or Self-nomination Statement and at least one additional document or artifact (but no more than two) that provides evidence of the candidate’s performance and/or experiences while in their current role. Examples of artifacts can include, but are not limited to: letters of recommendation, resume, presentations, publications, self-reflections, portfolios, websites, blogs, etc. All information must be submitted together.

Outstanding New Professional

This award is intended to recognize a new professional in the field of higher education case management who has demonstrated excellence in the past year. Candidates for this award should be full-time employees and assigned primary responsibility in case management, be a current member of HECMA, and have three or fewer years of full-time, post-degree work experience.

​Nominations must include a Nomination Letter or Self-nomination Statement and at least one additional document or artifact (but no more than two) that provides evidence of the candidate’s performance and/or experiences while in their current role. Examples of artifacts can include, but are not limited to: letters of recommendation, resume, presentations, publications, self-reflections, portfolios, websites, blogs, etc. All information must be submitted together.

Outstanding Mid-Level Professional

This award is intended to recognize a mid-level professional (a minimum of 5 years of professional experience, post-degree), who has demonstrated excellence in the past year. Candidates for the award should demonstrate outstanding commitment to the case management profession, support, encouragement, and mentorship of colleagues (locally and nationally), effective advocacy and representation of case management on a national level, and support of and active engagement in HECMA. Candidates for this award should be full-time employees and assigned primary responsibility in case management, be a current member of HECMA, and have five or more years of full-time, post-degree work experience.

Nominations must include a Nomination Letter or Self-nomination Statement and at least one additional document or artifact (but no more than two) that provides evidence of the candidate’s performance and/or experiences while in their current role. Examples of artifacts can include, but are not limited to: letters of recommendation, resume, presentations, publications, self-reflections, portfolios, websites, blogs, etc. All information must be submitted together.

Creative Collaboration: Institutional Impact Award

This award is intended to recognize an institution that has implemented an outstanding and innovative practice or program related to higher education case management in the past year. A program could be a specific program, assessment, process, etc. The program/practice must feature a creative collaboration with a different campus department/unit, separate institution, or community-based service. The program must have been shown to have significant evidence-based impact on the institution.

Nominations must include a Nomination Letter/ Self-nomination Statement, a summary of the program being nominated and the creative collaboration involved including any evidence-based impact, and at least one letter of support from a representatives of at least two of the sponsoring units. All information must be submitted together.

Commitment to Equity & Inclusion Award

This award was established in 2019 within the inaugural year of the HECMA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee to recognize the groundbreaking work an individual and/or department have committed to equitable and inclusive Case Management practices. Candidates for this award should be full-time employees who serve in a direct Case Management or Managerial role and be a current member of HECMA. Most importantly, Candidates should demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the creation, implementation, and/or advocacy of innovatively inclusive practices within their role(s). The Candidate should have advanced the support and advocacy provided regarding intersectional identities within their own institutions.

Nominations must include a nomination letter or self-nomination statement. Also, nominations should include at least one additional, but no more than three, artifacts that provide evidence of the candidate’s commitment to diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices within their current role. Examples of artifacts can include, but are not limited to: letters of recommendation, resume(s), presentations, publications, self-reflections, portfolios, websites, blogs, etc. All information  must be submitted together.

Questions can be directed to Diversity@HECMA.org