The NCLCA Executive Board identified a number of NCLCA members were leading Learning Centers providing services to specialized populations, such as Athletes, TRiO students, Veterans, as well as others. Prior to 2019 these excellent learning centers were being nominated for the NCLCA Frank Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award and were frequently receiving high marks from reviewers however falling behind those centers who served an entire campuses population. The 2017-2018 Board created the NCLCA President’s Outstanding Learning Center Award for Specialized Populations to be awarded based on similar qualifications as the Frank Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award with the exception of their limited specialized population.
The purpose of the NCLCA President’s Outstanding Learning Center Award for Specialized Populations is to give national recognition to the work done by learning centers that provide learning services to a limited specialized population and to foster their future growth and development.
Each year, NCLCA may recognize two centers for excellence: one two-year college (Technical, Community, etc.) and one four-year college or university. Awards will be announced and presented at the annual conference.
Each award winner will receive an engraved plaque. A representative from the winning program is encouraged to be present at the conference where the award will be given. Selected programs must notify NCLCA in writing of award acceptance. Only members of NCLCA can make nominations. International Schools who are members are welcome to apply.
The review criteria for this award will be based on the best practices established by Frank Christ which can be found on Learning Support Center for Higher Education, www.lsche.net with consideration for only learning centers serving specialized populations
Complete a cover sheet with name, address, e-mail, fax number and title of center
Complete nomination/application letter that summarizes the center strengths and achievements (2 pages maximum)
Submit letter of endorsement from the institution's President, Vice-President, or Dean
Submit a detailed description of the center following this numbering sequence (10-12 pages max). We are not able to accept materials beyond the 10-12 page limit. However, items for the responses to #8 and #9 are to be included at the end and do not count in the 10-12 page limit.
Submit the following application materials (formatted in MS Word) in the order below:
Number of students your center serves annually and overall size of the institution (i.e. students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni)
3. Programs and Services
Talk about ways technology is used in the center (i.e. to capture and report data, to enhance individual student learning, to deliver programs and services, to engage students in social media)
Partnerships with other campus departments or area institutions (i.e. orientation, new faculty programs, online students, ESL students, classroom presentations). Relationship to any other learning centers on campus.
6. Staff Training
List ways professional development of your staff occurs including any part-time, volunteer or student workers
7. Certification and Recognition
List of publications by staff (books, articles, selective conference presentations) with relevant publication information
8. Program Evaluation
Submit an annual report (qualitative, quantitative)
9. Publicity and Public Relations
Bookmarks, brochures and/or other promotional materials
Note: Winners must accept the award at the NCLCA annual conference in person or virtually via phone, Skype, FaceTime, or similar technology. The winner may be asked to participate with other award winners in presenting a NCLCA webinar.
For questions or to Submit your Application, contact Awards@NCLCA.org