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May 1, 2018

The Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education (AROHE) is honored to announce the recipients of its inaugural Innovation Awards for 2018. 

Arizona State University Emeritus College and its ISEF-AZ Preparatory Program

Clemson University Emeritus College and its Language Skills Program

Council of University of California (UC) Retiree Associations and its Comprehensive UC Retired Staff Survey

The ISEF-AZ Preparatory Program is a groundbreaking educational outreach initiative to Arizona students that involves extensive partnerships among many organizations and companies in Arizona.  The Language Skills Program serves international graduate students across academic programs to improve language proficiency and to mentor graduate students in its Conversation with International Students Program. The Comprehensive UC Retired Staff Survey inventories the post-retirement activities of retirees (over 4,000 respondents) across the entire University of California system (10 campuses and 13 retiree associations); a published report has been disseminated widely (“UC Retirees:  Advocates, Ambassadors, Assets”).

These three were selected among fourteen nominees by a panel of AROHE judges.  The innovations were evaluated based upon their novelty, their documented success, their ability to be replicated by other retirement organizations and their overall impact on retirees and others.  Awardees will present the innovations at the Ninth Biennial AROHE Conference in October held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta (arohe2018.org).

Inaugural AROHE Innovation Awards

Member Retirement Organizations in Higher Education

AROHE invites nominations and applications for its inaugural Innovation Awards to retirement organizations in higher education. The awards are designed to encourage recognition, advancement and growth of retirement organizations in higher education by:
  • Creating recognition at the campus, community, national and international level
  • Contributing to the body of knowledge about higher education retirement organizations
  • Demonstrating effective practices of higher education retiree organizations
All AROHE Member Organizations may be nominated or may apply for this award, and three winners will be announced for these Awards. All three awardees will be required to present their innovation at the 2018 AROHE Biennial Conference in Atlanta, Georgia October 7-9, 2018. One complimentary registration per awardee institution will be applied.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any AROHE Member that has implemented an Innovation in programs, services or initiatives that strengthen the value of the retirement organization to its members, institution or community.

What are the criteria?

A panel of judges from among AROHE Members will evaluate the nominees and applicants. They will assess:
  • Novelty of idea
  • Meets a specific need
  • Increased Value
  • Documented outcomes
  • Replicability
  • Adds to knowledge base about retirement organizations in higher education.
Each nomination/application will be evaluated by a group of judges who are members of AROHE Retirement Organizations based upon the clarity of the described Innovation and its Implementation, the articulation of the Outcomes, the Sustainability Potential and the Transferability Potential. 

What is the timeframe?

What is the timeframe? Applications open December 1, 2017, and close April 13, 2018, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. The nomination/application form is online here

Awardee announcements will be made by May 1, 2018.

What do awardees receive?

All three awardees will be invited to present at the AROHE 2018 Conference in Atlanta GA, Oct 7-9, during the Resource Exchange Fair. One member from each awarded organization will have complimentary registration for the Conference. Letters of awards and a press release will be sent to institution officials, and recognition will occur during a ceremony at the AROHE 2018 Conference. Recipients and their entries will be featured in AROHE publications such as the Newsletter, the WEBsite, and best practices briefs.

Questions about the process?

Please contact info@arohe.org or Caroline Kane cmkane49@gmail.com.

Relevant Documents

Application and the Process.docx

Applications are closed and winners were announced May 1, 2018

Contact AROHE: email (preferred) info@arohe.org or call 213-740-5037

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