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What Extension program wowed you this past year? (8/22/2012)

When you think back on the past year, what one program—yours or a colleague’s—really wowed you? We want to hear about it!

The NDSU Extension Service will recognize teams for outstanding educational program achievement with Program Excellence Awards at the 2012 Fall Extension and Research Extension Center Conference. The cash part of the recognition is made possible through the generous support of FARM and RANCH GUIDE.

Agents…specialists…support staff…nutrition education assistants…everyone!...is encourage to nominate a team and/or apply for a Program Excellence Award.  Nominations need to be in by Friday, Sept. 7, and applications, by Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Simply follow the instructions on the forms.

Do you need to be nominated before you can submit an application? Not at all. The nomination process just gives folks a chance to nudge a colleague to apply.

Do we still require applications to include a program Impact Report?  We do. If you need help with that, instructions are available at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/evaluation/reports-1.

Here are the things that the selection committee will look for in applications:

  • Innovativeness in program development and delivery
  • Appropriate, measurable learning objectives
  • Clear evidence that learning objectives were accomplished such as a change in learners’ behavior, attitude or skills
  • Clear evidence that targeted clients received quality educational product, and
  • At least three years have passed since this program has received a Program Excellence Award

You know how honored and humbled you are when a colleague nominates you – please do that for someone else this year. Or don’t be shy about applying directly yourself.

I look forward to the applause this November.

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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