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To find out more about the individual awards ACPA Commission offer, you can either explore awards by Commission or by category (e.g., new professional, program/initative). 

The following Commissions give out awards:
Click on the Commission page to be redirected to the Commission's Award page with detailed descriptions and requirements for each of their awards.

Academic Affairs Commuter Students and Adult Learners Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness
Academic Support in Higher Education Counseling and Psychological Services Social Justice Education
Administrative Leadership Global Dimensions of Student Development Spirituality, Faith, Religion, and Meaning
Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experience Graduate and Professional Student Affairs Student Conduct and Legal Issues
Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness Housing and Residential Life Student Involvement
Career Services Professional Preparation Commission Two-Year Colleges

Unsure what category to nominate a colleague for or what awards are available? 

Commissions give out awards in the following categories:

  1. Individual Awards by Professional Level:
  2. Program/Initiative Awards
  3. Research/Publication/Contribution to Knowledge/Scholarship Related Awards (not Grants)
  4. Social Justice, Sustainability, & Institutional Change Awards
  5. Service Awards (Service to a Community; Service to a Commission)
  6. Specialty Awards (Including Technology Use Related Awards, .....)
  7. Awards that have funding associated with them:

List of all ACPA Awards by Category:

Undergraduate/Graduate Student Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award (Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experience)
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Staff Member (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
Outstanding Achievement by a Student (undergraduate or graduate level). (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)
Outstanding Graduate Student (Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education)
Outstanding Graduate Student Award (Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experience)
Outstanding Graduate Student Staff Member (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
Exemplary Social Justice Contribution by a Graduate Student (Commission for Social Justice Education)
The Outstanding Masters Level Graduate Student Award (Commission for Student Involvement)
The Outstanding Doctoral Level Graduate Student Award (Commission for Student Involvement)

New Professional Awards

  • Outstanding New Professional (Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education)
  • Outstanding New Professional Award (Commission for Administrative Leadership)
  • Outstanding New Professional Award (Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experience)
  • New Professional at a Two-Year College Award (Commission for Two-Year Colleges)
  • Outstanding New Professional In Residence Life (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
  • New Professional of the Year Award (Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues)
  • The Outstanding New Professional Award (Commission for Student Involvement)
  • Early Career (Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Outstanding Achievement by a New Student Affairs Professional (less than 5 years professional experience). (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)
  • Rising Star Award (Commission for Academic Affairs)
  • Rising Star Award (Commission for Career Services)

Mid-Level Professional Awards

  • Mid-Level Professional Award (Commission for Administrative Leadership)
  • The Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award (Commission for Student Involvement)
  • Mid-Level Career (Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Rising Star Award (Commission for Career Services) [also listed as New Professional Award; 2-10 years]

Experienced/Senior Level Professional Awards and Lifetime Awards

  • Senior Level Professional Award (Commission for Administrative Leadership)
  • Outstanding Experienced Professional Awards (one for 5-10 years of full-time experience & another for 11+ years of full-time experience) (Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experience)
  • Outstanding Experienced Professional Award (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
  • The Outstanding Senior-Level Professional Award (Commission for Student Involvement)
  • Outstanding Lifetime (Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services)
  • Outstanding Achievement by an Experienced Student Affairs Professional (5+ years of professional experience). (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)

Program/Initiative Awards

  • Innovative Academic Support Initiative (Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education)
  • Outstanding Four-Year Institution Program/Initiative Award (Commission for Admissions, Orientation, and First-Year Experience)
  • Outstanding Two-Year Institution Program/Initiative Award (Commission for Admissions,
  • Orientation, and First-Year Experience)
  • Outstanding Innovative Program Award (Commission for Graduate and Professional Student Affairs)
  • Outstanding Innovation in Housing and Residential Life (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
  • Outstanding Wellness Program for Students (Commission for Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness)
  • Outstanding Wellness Program for Higher Education Professionals (Commission for Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness)
  • Outstanding International Education Initiative (Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development)
  • Outstanding Program (Spirituality, Faith, Religion and Meaning)
  • Program of the Year (Commission for Student Involvement)
  • Outstanding Program for Commuter Students Award (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)
  • Outstanding Program for Adult Learners Award (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)
  • Exemplary Program Award (Commission for Academic Affairs)
  • Innovation Award (Commission for Career Services)
  • Magoon Excellence in Counseling (Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services)

Research/Publication/Contribution to Knowledge/Scholarship Related Awards (not Grants)

  • Outstanding Publication (Commission for Two-Year Colleges)
  • Research Award (Commission for Two-Year Colleges)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Award (Commission for Graduate and Professional Student Affairs)            
  • Distinguished Scholar (Commission for Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness)
  • Excellence in International Research (Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development)
  • Outstanding Research (Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion and Meaning)
  • Outstanding Research in Student Conduct and Legal Issues (Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues)

Social Justice, Sustainability, & Institutional Change Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Institutional Change (Commission for Administrative Leadership)
  • Promising Practice in Social Justice (Commission for Two-Year Colleges)
  • Excellence In Sustainability-Program (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
  • Excellence In Sustainability-Individual (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
  • Excellence In Sustainability-Department (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
  • Outstanding Social Justice Collaboration (Commission for Social Justice Education)
  • Innovative Response, Social Justice (Commission for Social Justice Education)
  • Outstanding Social Justice Educator, Trainer, or Mentor (Commission for Social Justice Education)
  • Commitment to Social Justice Education (Commission for Social Justice Education)
  • Coalition-Builder Award (Commission for Academic Affairs)
  • Outstanding Collaboration Award between Student Affairs Professionals and Faculty (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)

Service Awards (Service to a Community; Service to a Commission)

  • Outstanding Contribution to Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Commission for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
  • Distinguished Service to the Commission for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Commission for Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness)
  • Commitment to Excellence in Academic Support (Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education)
  • Distinguished Service to the Commission for Administrative Leadership (Commission for Administrative Leadership)
  • Service to the Profession (Commission for Two-Year Colleges)
  • The Lehker Outstanding Service to the Profession Award (Commission for Graduate and Professional Student Affairs)           
  • Excellence In Service Award (Commission for Housing & Residential Life)
  • Outstanding Contribution (Commission for Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness)
  • Service to the International Community (Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development)
  • Outstanding Service to the Commission Award (Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues)
  • The Outstanding Service to the Commission Award (Commission for Student Involvement)
  • Distinguished Service Award (Commission for Career Services)
  • Outstanding Service to the Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)
  • Mentoring and Development Award (Commission for Academic Affairs)
  • Pipeline to the Profession (Commission for Two-Year Colleagues)
  • Awards for Student Impact (Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues)
  • Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award (Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues)

Specialty Awards (Including Technology Use Related Awards, .....)

  • Outstanding Use of Mobile or Web-based Application (App) Award (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)
  • Outstanding Use of Social Media Award (Commission for Commuter Students and Adult Learners)
  • Pioneering Partner (Commission for Academic Affairs)

Travel Awards (Funding associated with the Award)

  • Graduate Student/New Professional Travel Award (Commission for Recreation, Athletics, and Wellness)

Grants (Funding associated with the Award)

  • Burns B. Crookston Doctoral Research Award (Commission for Professional Preparation)
  • Gerald Saddlemire Masters Research Award (Commission for Professional Preparation)
  • Roberta Christie Essay Award (Commission for Professional Preparation)
  • Nevitt Sanford Award (Commission for Professional Preparation)