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What Extension program wowed you this past year? (8/9/2016)

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 2016 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 apply for a Program Excellence Team Award. Also, please encourage other colleagues to apply.  Applications are due on or before Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. Simply follow the application instructions found at

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:

  • Responsive to the needs facing North Dakota citizens/stakeholders
  • Appropriate, measurable learning objectives
  • Innovative approach to program development and delivery
  • Quality educational materials included in application
  • Evidence that learning objectives were accomplished (minimum of level 2.5, and level 3 or 4 outcomes rate higher)
  • Completeness of application
  • At least three years have passed since this program has received a Program Excellence Award

Please encourage your colleagues to apply but 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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