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Innovative Solutions to State Authorization Challenges

The SANsational Award recognizes outstanding efforts by SAN member institutions and organizations in developing a high-quality, comprehensive solution to a challenging state authorization issue. 

The SANsational Award recognizes member achievements and publicizes their accomplishments. This award is meant to showcase good practice in state authorization work while encouraging others to strive for continued progress. 

New Logo for SANsational Awards

Awardee Recognition

Recipients of the SANsational Awards will:

  • Be recognized on the SAN website as an award winner.
  • Be presented with your award in person at your institution with your peers and leaders!
  • Be recognized at the SAN Coordinator Meeting at the WCET Annual Meeting.
  • Present your award winning project to SAN members via a short recording.
  • Be allowed to display the SANsational Award logo on their website and printed materials indicating that they have been awarded the SANsational Award.

The 2022 Awards Committee:

  • Sharyl Thompson, CEO, Higher Education Regulatory (HER) Consulting.
  • Brandie Elliott, Missouri Online
  • LaDonna Rodvold, University of South Dakota
  • Jeannie Yockey-Fine, General Counsel, NC-SARA
2022 Awardees

Congratulations to the 2022 SANsational Award Winners:

Awarded: Compliance Innovations - Institution policy, tools, compliance teams or other inventive or novel compliance management process.

  • Campbell University (NC)
    • Title - Utilizing Accreditation Documentation to Demonstrate Compliance with C-RAC Guidelines 
  • University of Cincinnati (OH)
    • Title - State Authorization Working Group (SAWG) 
  • Utah Tech University
    • Title - Implementing a professional licensure database for automatic individual disclosures

Press Release for the 2022 SANsational Awards - Coming Soon!

2022 SANsational Award Winning Project Presentations - Coming Soon!

2022 SANsational Awards Presented at the Campuses!

Map of Location of Winners
2022 SANsational Award Winners: Campbell University, University of Cincinnati, Utah Tech University

Previous Award Winners

2021 Award Winners

Awarded: Location - Identifying student location for regulatory compliance and reporting requirements

  • East Carolina University (North Carolina)
    • Title - Where are ECU's students?

Awarded: Compliance Innovations - Institution policy, tools, compliance teams or other inventive or novel compliance management process.

  • Franklin University (Ohio)
    • Title - Slate Customer Relationship Management (CRM) as a Tool for Compliance Management for Professional Licensure Programs – A Partnership Between Offices
  • Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania)
    • Title - Bringing Order to Chaos – SARA Data Collection
  • University of South Dakota
    • Title - Robust, Minimal Cost Tools for State Authorization and Professional Licensure Compliance

Press Release for the 2021 SANsational Awards

Webpage for Presentation Recordings for Award Winning Projects

2020 Award Winners

Awarded: Licensure Programs - Notifications and disclosures for professional licensure program status in each state.

  • University of Kentucky
    • Title - Licensure Disclosure Project

Awarded: Compliance Innovations - Institution policy, tools, compliance teams or other inventive or novel compliance management process.

  • The Ohio State University
    • Title - State Auth 101 Online Training Module
  • University of Kentucky
    • Title - Field Placement Coordination
  • University of Michigan
    • Title - Online and Hybrid Development Playbook
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC)
    • Title:  The State Authorization One Stop Shop

Press Release for the 2020 SANsational Awards 

Webpage for Presentation Recordings for Award Winning Projects

2019 Award Winners:

  • University of Louisville
    • Awarded: Licensure Programs - Notifications and disclosures for professional licensure program status in each state.
  • James Madison University and University of Virginia
    • Awarded: Compliance Innovations - Institution policy, tools, compliance teams or other inventive or novel compliance management process.
  • Western Governors University
    • AwardedCompliance Innovations - Institution policy, tools, compliance teams or other inventive or novel compliance management process.

Press Release for the 2019 SANsational Awards

Recording, Slide Deck, and Transcripts of SANsational Award winning initiatives

2018 Award Winners:

  • International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)
    • Awarded: Compliance Innovations - Institution policy, tools, compliance teams or other inventive or novel compliance management process.
  • Mount Saint Mary's University
    • Awarded: Location - How do you identify where your students are located?
    • Awarded:  Licensure Programs - Notifications and disclosures for professional licensure program status in each state.
  • Texas Woman's University
    • Awarded: Compliance Innovations - Institution policy, tools, compliance teams or other inventive or novel compliance management process.
  • University of Louisville
    • Awarded: Location - How do you identify where your students are located?
  • University of Phoenix
    • Awarded: Licensure Programs - Notifications and disclosures for professional licensure program status in each state.

Press Release for the 2018 SANsational Awards 

2017 Award Winners:

  • University of Missouri – Kansas City
    • Awarded: Institutional Authorization - Notifications and disclosures for institutional state authorizations and compliance status
  • The Ohio State University
    • Awarded: Location - How do you identify where your students are located?
    • Awarded:  Licensure Programs - Notifications and disclosures for professional licensure program status in each state.

2017 SANsational Awards Media Release

2016 Award Winners:

The 2016 SANsational Award winners were categorized into two categories:

  • Location: How do you identify where your students are located?
    • Northern Arizona University
  • Institutional Authorization:  Notifications and disclosures for institutional state authorizations and compliance status

Press Release for the 2016 SANsational Awards.

2015 Award Winners:

  • Licensure Programs: Notifications and Disclosures for Professional Licensure
    • The University of Minnesota
  • Institutional Authorization: Notifications and Disclosures for State Authorization
    • Drexel University
  • Location: How Do You Identify Where Your Students Are?
    • New York University
    • University of Louisville

Press Release for the 2015 SANsational Awards.

Questions:
Contact:  Cheryl Dowd: cdowd@wiche.edu 

Call for 2022 SANsational Nominations

What criteria is required?

Accepting Self-Nominations until July 15, 2022 - now closed for 2022

The nominations for 2022 are open until July 15, 2022 - now closed for 2022

SANsational Award will be awarded separately in each of the following categories:

  • Licensure Programs: Managing state approvals, disclosures, and notifications
  • Location: Identifying student location and reporting such information
  • Compliance Innovations: Institutional policy, tools, compliance teams, or novel compliance management practice

SAN Members (institutions, organizations, or corporations) in good standing are eligible to be nominated for a SANsational Award. Members may nominate themselves for the award. Look at your own campus and to those of your network for successful works that meet the SAN criteria. Encourage your colleagues to review the instructions and submit a nomination form.

How do you submit a nomination?

Works nominated for the SANsational Award should:

  • Present solutions that meet the requirements and needs of regulators, the institution, and (most especially) students.
  • Demonstrate a clear, comprehensive, and elegant solution to meeting compliance requirements.
  • Exhibit capability to be adapted or replicated as a model for others.
  • Include a title for your project

Please review this Call for Nominations Instructions and Forms for more details!

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