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CAEL Conference Award Nominations - 2020

Nominate Learners and Leaders

This year at CAEL’s Annual Conference, we will honor three inspiring individuals and one institution that demonstrates true innovation. Each of these awards exemplifies the purpose behind the important work supporting working adult learners to access education as the gateway to career mobility.

To enter your nominee for consideration, please submit a completed form (see below) by April 16, 2020. Nominees will be selected and notified by August 2020.

You may nominate yourself and your programs and/or another individual and his or her programs. Award winners will be honored at this year's conference in New Orleans, which will take place November 4-6, 2020.

Below is a summary of each award.

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Who is a Learner of the Year?

CAEL’s Learner of the Year is someone who has successfully navigated the winding path that working adult students face on the road to meeting their educational goals. The Learner of the Year’s journey exemplifies CAEL’s conviction that, with the right support system and drive, all adults can succeed in higher education.

 

The Learner of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has overcome multiple barriers and has successfully returned to a learning environment. This award is given to recognize and celebrate the individual learner and his or her own commendable achievements. 

 

The 2020 Learner of the Year will receive:

  • A stipend from CAEL and a plaque
  • Paid travel expenses, two complimentary nights at the conference hotel, and waived conference registration fees
  • An article featuring the Learner of the Year Award recipient will appear on CAEL.org

 

The award recipient will make a brief acceptance speech at the award luncheon.

 

Learner of the Year Nomination

Morris T. Keeton Award Recipient

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Morris T. Keeton Award

 

The Morris T. Keeton Award was established in 1989 to honor Morris T. Keeton, the founding president of CAEL, upon the occasion of his retirement from the presidency of the organization. Throughout his life, Keeton was an independent voice for innovation and improvement in education.

He was committed to making experiential learning an integral part of education, to increasing access for adult learners and minorities to postsecondary education, and to improving the theory and practice of assessment, teaching and learning.

 

This high honor awards a professional whose work, commitment, and ideals reflect and extend the values exemplified by Morris T. Keeton. The recipient exemplifies a leader whose efforts have helped improve access to postsecondary education and the career paths for adult learners. 

 

The 2020 Morris T. Keeton Award recipient will receive:

  • A stipend from CAEL and a commemorative medallion
  • Paid travel expenses, two complimentary nights at the conference hotel, and waived conference registration fees
  • An article featuring the Morris T. Keeton Award recipient will appear on CAEL.org

 

The award recipient will make a brief acceptance speech at the award luncheon.


If you would like to view a list of past award recipients, please click here.

Morris T. Keeton Award Nomination

Pamela Tate Rise Award Winner

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The Pamela Tate Rise Award recognizes those who forge connections between higher education and the workplace with incredible tenacity, enhancing both the lives of adult learners and our nation’s workforce.

 

This award was named after Pamela Tate, CAEL's president and CEO from 1990-2018. This award is not just about innovation, nor is it about higher education alone. It focuses on the various connections between education and the workplace, and the power of building those connections.

 

The 2020 Pamela Tate Rise Award recipient will receive:

  • An honorary glass trophy
  • Paid travel expenses, two complimentary nights at the conference hotel, and waived conference registration fees
  • An article featuring the Pamela Tate Rise Award recipient will appear on CAEL.org

 

The award recipient will make a brief acceptance speech

Pamela Tate Rise Award Nomination

Adult Learner Impact Award

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The Adult Learner Impact Award is given annually at the CAEL Conference to recognize institutions and organizations that provide outstanding programs and services for adult learners. 

This award recognizes the significant impact institutions and organizations create for working adult learners and embodies CAEL’s vision that ‘Every adult has a pathway to lifelong learning and meaningful work.’ 


The 2020 Adult Learner Impact Award recipient will receive:

  • A stipend from CAEL and a commemorative medallion
  • Paid travel expenses, two complimentary nights at the conference hotel, and waived conference registration fees
  • An article featuring the Adult Learner Impact Award recipient will appear on CAEL.org

 

The award recipient will make a brief acceptance speech at the award luncheon.

Adult Learner Impact Award Nomination