CMED Award Nominations: Stories of Success

Nominate Your Center for the Award

2020 has been a very different year for everyone, but for educational organizations it presented very particular challenges and opportunities.

This year, CMED Awards are going virtual and will recognize resilience, creativity, and innovation in the face of unprecedented challenges faced by the university-based executive, professional and continuing education in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The CMED Awards committee is now accepting nominations for our 43rd Annual CMED Awards.  In this unique year, our goal is to provide an opportunity for CMED members and attendees to share their stories of accomplishment and success in overcoming a variety of challenges such as shifting to remote/online/virtual delivery at scale in order to continue delivering engaging and impactful learning experiences.

We invite you to submit your center’s  stories of struggle, success and learning in a 3-5 minute digital video format. All videos will be posted on CMED’s virtual platform and will be open to all conference attendees for review and voting. The top 3 videos with the highest number of votes will be awarded a Peer Choice Award. 

Please submit your video nominations by e-mail to: including the URL to an .mp4 format file through a file hosting service such as ‘Dropbox’ or ‘Google Drive’. 

Please ensure that your email includes contact information.  

Deadline to submit video nominations:   November 1st, 2020

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Nominations for 2020 season are open now. For more information or questions about nomination and selection process, please contact CMED Awards Committee Members:

Paul Heroman:
Vanessa Kannemeyer:
Brandi Plunkett:
Inna Popova:

If you need immediate assistance, please call 763-656-3527.

CMED 2017-19 Awards

CMED Awards recognize excellence in university-based executive, professional and continuing education globally. This is another opportunity for CMED attendees to share and showcase their unique, creative and innovative programs.



Nominations are evaluated by the Program Awards Committee composed of CMED Advisory Board members.  The Committee selects a first-place award winner. These awards are granted in the following 4 (four) categories (one award per category):

  1. Open Enrollment Program: registration is open to the general public
  2. Custom Program: content is customized to a specific audience, registration is not open to the general public
  3. Online/Hybrid Program
  4. Partnership Program


These awards are granted based on the results of the vote by conference attendees following the Program Showcase session on the 15th of November in any of the following 6 categories (one award per category):

  1. Open Enrollment Program: registration is open to the general public
  2. Custom Program: content is customized to a specific audience, registration is not open to the general public
  3. Online/Hybrid Program
  4. Partnership Program
  5. Lifelong Learning Impact Video
  6. Team Spirit Video

[1] It is possible for a Center/School to place first in both types of awards and receive both trophies.

Winners by Category:

This category recognizes open enrollment programs available for registration to the general public.

Grand Prix: North Carolina State UniversityWomen in Technical Leadership
Peer-Choice: University of Denver – Denver Leadership Experience

Other Contenders:
Southern Oregon UniversityWomen’s Leadership Conference
Texas A&M UniversityLeading Champions
York University – The Wound Care Certificate

This category recognizes custom programs that demonstrate exceptional design and development of new services and content specifically for the customer.

Grand Prix: York UniversityHealth Coaching for Guidance Counselors
Peer-Choice: Oklahoma State UniversityOSU Introductory Tribal Finance and Accounting Certificate

Other Contenders:
Athabasca UniversityRick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification
University of ArizonaDP World Integrated Leadership Development Program
University of ArkansasBusiness Foundations certificate program

1st Place: McGill University, School of Continuing StudiesProfessional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance

Runner-up: Texas A&M University, Executive DevelopmentWeatherford Leadership Development Program

Other Contenders:


Winner: Chickasaw Nation Executive Development Program, Executive and Professional Development, Oklahoma State University
Digital Communication Strategies, Executive Education, Capilano University
Nickle Electrical Emerging Leadership Training, Professional and Continuing Studies, University of Delaware

This category recognizes excellence in fully online or hybrid programs by demonstrating positive impact to learners, industry, respective institution and/or department, and to higher education.

Grand Prix:  Davenport University IPExAmway
Peer-Choice: Athabasca University – Digital Transformation Leadership Certificate in Cloud

1st Place: Case Western Reserve University – New Change Equation

Runner-up: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health – Improving Your Business through a Culture of Health

Other Contender: Telenor-INSEAD-Intrepid – Creating a Culture of Innovation


Winner: Business Essentials for Managers, Vanderbilt University

This category recognizes a program’s partnership of excellence. Programs can be in-class, hybrid or 100% online.
The partnership can be:

  • Within your school, state/province, national or international
  • A Corporate Partnership
  • A Non-Profit Partnership
  • A Government Partnership
  • With Multiple Partners

Grand Prix and Peer-Choice: University of Victoria – Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs Program

Other Contenders:
Oklahoma State University and University of OklahomaExecutive Development Program for State Officials
Oklahoma State University and the University of Nevada, RenoGaming Leadership Certificate
Texas A&M UniversityFire Service Chief Executive Officers
Tsinghua UniversityTsinghua-Qingteng Future Science & Technology Education Program (FSTEP)
University of ArkansasThe Leadership Circle for Healthcare

1st Place: University of Dayton – Center for Leadership Collaborative Partner Model

Runner-up: Boise State University – K-12 Teacher Professional Development

Other Contenders:


Winner: Masters Certificate in Project Management, York University and its Partner Universities
Executive Education Partnership Program, Oklahoma State University
Master Certificate in Project Management, Wichita State University

This category grants an award that will recognize the positive impact that a particular program has had on a specific participant. The participant is not required to be present.


Emilio Amaro nominated by Boise State University, Center for Professional Development

This category recognizes the team that displays the best team spirit. With the understanding that we all work hard in our professions, this award gives the opportunity to showcase, in a creative and innovative manner, how your team exudes the true spirit of sportsmanship, fun, enthusiasm, camaraderie and team spirit.

1st Place: University of Texas at El Paso, Professional and Public Programs

Other Contenders:

2017-18 Categories not active in 2019:

This category is not active in 2019. Here are winners and contenders in 2017-18.


1st Place: Texas A&M University – Executive Certificate in Business Essentials

Runner-up: Drexel University – Digital Marketing Certificate

Other Contenders:

Davenport University – Certificate of Integrated Operations Management
University of Ottawa – Wellbeing for Leadership Resilience


Winner:  Coaching Leader Program, Saint Joseph’s University
Runner-ups: Women’s Leadership, Ukrainian Catholic University, Leading Millenials, Vanderbilt University

This category is not active in 2019.

To be considered, please provide a one-page narrative on why your program should be awarded the Legacy Award Program.

Please also include information and/or documentation based on the following:

  • Program Description: Title, format and course outline, # of hours, program age, # of participants in the last 5+ years
  • Summary of Successes
  • Program Description URL
  • Supporting Evaluations/Testimonials demonstrating exemplary results and or impact
  • Curriculum examples
  • Number of participants impacted by the program
  • Income Generated/Operating Margin (Optional)


1st place: University of Southern California – Food Industry Management Program
Runner-up: University of Southern California – Master of Business for Veterans Program
Other Contenders:
Davenport University – Amway Leadership Certification Program
University of Ottawa – Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Leadership Program

2017 Winner: Effective Executive Leadership Program, University of Saskatchewan
2017 Runner-ups:
Masters Certificate in Public Sector Management, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Leadership Development Program, Boise State University

“This was my first time at CMED and as a new Centre Director, I found the networking opportunities and the content of the sessions to be of tremendous value in helping me get up to speed, and to make connections with other Centres. I plan to come back every year if possible.”

Leigh Puddester, Gardiner Centre, Memorial University

“The caliber of this conference is much higher than any others that I attend due to the attention to detail in putting together the agenda and all the communication leading up to the conference.  The attendees’ willingness to reach out and help one another is unmatched.  I always leave re-energized for the work ahead of us.”

Caron Hobin, Bay Path University

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