NACA® Hartford - Excellence In Programming Awards

The Excellence in Programming awards were established to distinguish and recognize the outstanding programs.

All current NACA school members attending the NACA® Hartford conference are eligible to submit their respective campus programming board or other campus event planning organization for consideration. There are two rounds for award consideration – a written submission due during the awards nomination period and an oral presentation to
be given at the conference.

First round submissions are due by Sunday, September 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

First Round: Written Submissions
All member institutions may enter written submissions detailing the excellence of their organizations and the programs they sponsor.

All written submissions must include the following information:

  1. Name of Institution & Organization
  2. School Size
  3. Nominator(s) Name(s), Email, & Phone Number (maximum of 2 people)
  4. Description of organizational structure and organization mission
  5. A list and description of four (4) student-run programs, one of which must be a virtual program, to include the following criteria for each: 
    • a. Goals and/or learning outcomes
    • b. How goals and/or learning outcomes were met?
    • c. Budget for event 
    • d. How much did you actually spend?
    • e. Location
    • f. Target Audience 
    • g. Attendance 
    • h. Resources utilized (students, staff, materials, vendors, etc.)
    • i. Publicity and Promotion
    • j. Did you have challenges? Y or N
    • k. How did you respond?
    • l. Is this an annual event? Y or N
    • m. If yes, how has the event grown and improved from previous years?

First Round Submission Form

Written submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to formatting guidelines (answered all questions on the entry form)
  • Addressed minimum criteria (stated organizational structure, organizational mission, and detailed three programs)
  • Ability to connect programs to organizational mission & program goals
  • Creativity and originality of marketing efforts
  • Demonstrates a range of diversity in programming efforts
  • Effective use of resources in programming
  • Program originality and creativity
  • Overcame adversity in programming

A Committee will review the first-round submissions. Utilizing a rubric, the Committee will evaluate each submission and assign scores. The schools with the highest overall scores will be named finalists. The school is then invited to participate in the On-Site Excellence in Programming Award selection in November. Instructions for On-Site presentations will be sent to finalists no later than Friday, October 1, 2021.


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