Member Recognition Awards

 

1. The Distinguished Service Award

This is ACCUO’s most prestigious award.

The distinguished service award (DSA): awarded from time to time to recognize “an individual who has, or a group of individuals who have made, an extraordinary contribution to the development, support and/or furtherance of Ombudsmanship in higher education.

Since its creation, the DSA is presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to ACCUO’s development and to the development of the ombuds function through their individual practice, leadership roles within both ACCUO and other ombuds organizations and the Ombuds profession as a whole.

Criteria

The individual:

(i) shall have contributed above average time, effort or energy to ACCUO, and/or other Ombuds Association and their activities (including association executive and/or committees);

(ii) shall have demonstrated support for ACCUO and its goals;

(iii) shall have presented or facilitated a discussion on an Ombudsing issue at an ACCUO or other Ombuds Association meeting or conference;

(iv) shall have fostered significant change at his or her institution and is considered a model Ombuds at other universities or colleges.

(v) is a long-time member (minimum 10 years) of ACCUO;

(vi) shall have exceptional contribution and service on both ACCUO Executive and committees; and

(vii) is well recognized as a leader and mentor in Ombuds higher education at institutional and regional level.

Selection

Nominations must be received in writing and signed by two nominators. It is essential that detailed support for all relevant criteria be supplied by the nominators for the candidate to be considered. Selection will be made by the Association Executive.

Presentation

The presentation will be made at the Association’s Conference or other appropriate occasion agreed upon by the Association Executive.
Traditionally, the DSA gift has been a gold pin embossed with the portrait of Lars Mannerheim, first parliamentary ombudsman in Sweden in 1809.

2. Special Contribution Award

This award recognizes outstanding contribution or service to ombudsing in higher education and exceptional volunteerism or service to ACCUO.

Criteria

The individual:

(i) shall have contributed above average time, effort or energy to ACCUO and its activities (including Association Executive and/or committees);

(ii) shall have demonstrated support for ACCUO and its goals;

(iii) shall have presented or facilitated a discussion on an Ombudsing issue at an ACCUO meeting or conference,

(iv) through his/her work, fostered (a) significant change(s) — at his or her institution;

(v) is a long-time member (minimum 5 years) of ACCUO;

(vi) shall have outstanding contribution and service on both ACCUO Executive and committees.

Selection

Selection will be made by the Association Executive upon either conclusion of an individual’s career in higher education ombudsing or after significant years of service.

Presentation

The presentation will be made at the Association’s Annual General Meeting or other appropriate occasion agreed upon by the Association Executive.

3. Recognition Certificate

Recognition certificates are distributed at the AGM of ACCUO to members for work completed for the association during the year, including serving on the conference planning committee, serving on ACCUO Executive, or other committee.