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What Extension program wowed you this past year? (8/10/2015)

When you think back on the past year, what one team-based Extension program really wowed you or made you proud? We want to hear about it!

The NDSU Extension Service will recognize teams for outstanding educational program achievement with Program Excellence Team Awards at the 2015 Fall Extension and Research Extension Center Conference. These team awards are based on the involvement of county, area and/or state staff in the design, delivery and evaluation of educational programs. Consideration will be given to both county-led and state-led programs. 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 encouraged to nominate a team and/or apply for a Program Excellence Team Award. Nominations need to be in by Friday, Aug. 21, and applications, by Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. 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 require applications to include a program Impact Report? We do. It can be a draft version or a final copy that you have already submitted. If you need help with that, instructions are available at

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

  • Focus on key issue facing stakeholders
  • Appropriate, measurable learning objectives
  • Innovative program development and delivery
  • Quality educational products
  • Evidence that learning objectives were accomplished (level 3 or 4 outcomes rate higher than level 2)
  • Educational program’s scope relative to applicants’ job responsibilities
  • Completeness of application
  • At least three years have passed since this program has received a Program Excellence Team Award

You know how honored and humbled you have been when a colleague has nominated your team – please do that for others this year. Or don’t be shy about applying directly for your team.

I look forward to the applause this October.

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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