CMED Award Nominations: Impactful Innovation

Nominate Your Center for the Award

CMED Awards recognize excellence in university-based executive, professional and continuing education globally. CMED is now accepting nominations for our 5th Annual CMED Awards competition. This is another opportunity for CMED attendees to share and showcase their unique and creative programs and innovations.

Impactful innovation can take many forms and may include (but is not limited to):

  1. A new and innovative program or course
  2. Innovation within the delivery of an existing program or course
  3. Partnerships (internal or external)
  4. Community Engagement
  5. Marketing / Business Development / Customer Engagement
  6. Departmental / process innovation

In your submission, please detail:

  • The nature of your innovation: program, course, partnership, community engagement, process innovation, etc. (include a URL if available);
  • If it is a program/course, please indicate:
    1. Title, brief description / content outline / format / duration
    2. Launch year
    3. The number of participants who benefited from it so far
    4. Partners involved (if any)
    5. Testimonials (if any)
  • Any unique, innovative, creative features and benefits of your innovation
  • Positive impact it has had on either your centre/school, learners, clients, partners, community, etc.
  • Lessons learned

Deadline to submit nominations:       October 15, 2023

Please submit your nominations by completing this form:



These awards will be granted based on the results of the vote by conference attendees following the Innovation Showcase. Top 3 submissions with the highest number of votes by the conference attendees will be awarded a Peer Choice Award (gold, silver, bronze).


In addition to the Peer Choice Award, all nominations will be evaluated by the Program Awards Committee composed of CMED Advisory Board members. The Program Awards Committee will review all nominations and select the winner.  The committee will be the final judge of the Grand Prix Award winner.

Innovation Showcase

All nominees will have the opportunity to showcase their innovation during the in-person ‘Innovation Showcase’ on November 15 at the hotel from 4:15 – 5:30pm EST.

  • Institution representatives will be on hand to discuss their innovation in the form of a discussion, slideshow, website, or a poster. CMED attendees will have time to visit poster presentations and ask questions.
  • Both types of awards – top 3 Peer Choice Awards and the Grand Prix Award – will be announced and presented with a trophy on November 18, 11:00am EST in the Ballroom at the Drury Hotel.

In the case of a tie or other unforeseen issue, the Program Awards Committee will be the final arbitrator.

Here are some useful tips for your submission(s):

  • Ensure you fully address and explain your creative program and/or innovation
  • Submit your award nomination no later than October 15, 2023
  • The Program Awards Committee may opt to not consider a submission that does not meet requirements
  • Multiple proposals can be submitted that fit the requirements (enclosed)

*It will be possible for a Center/School to place first in both types of awards and receive both trophies.

Awards CMED2018

Nominations for 2023 season are open now. For more information or questions about nomination and selection process, please contact CMED Awards Committee Members:

Eddie Isted, University of Victoria
Vanessa Kannemeyer, Rollins College
Inna Popova-Roche, McGill University
Carol Turchick, Ohio Northern University

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

CMED 2017-19 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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