SANsational Awards

SANsational Awards Call for Nominations

The call for nominations for the 2021 WCET SANsational Awards closed on July 16, 2021!  

The WCET SANsational Award recognizes outstanding efforts by SAN member institutions and organizations in developing a high-quality, comprehensive solution to a challenging state authorization issue.  This award is meant to showcase good practice in state authorization work while encouraging others to strive for continued progress.

Works Nominated for the WCET SANsational Award should:

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


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

Awardee Selection

The WCET SANsational Award Committee, comprised of Jeannie Yockey-Fine of NC-SARA, Sharyl Thompson of HER Consulting, Cheryl Carroll of The University of Virginia (a 2019 WCET SANsational award winner), and Brandie Elliott of University of Missouri, Kansas City (a 2020 WCET SANsational award winner) will review all nominations and select the recipients.  The WCET SANsational Award Committee may grant a maximum of three awards per topic and reserves the right to grant fewer than three awards per topic. 

Award Criteria

The WCET SANsational Award recognizes outstanding efforts by SAN member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative solution to challenging state authorization work.  Well-written nominations that directly address each criterion are encouraged for this competitive award.  Each nomination should address each criterion thoroughly and include examples, such as links to the work. 

The Awards for 2021

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

  • Licensure Programs: Notifications and disclosures for professional licensure program status in each state.
  • Location and Data Reporting: How do you identify where your students are located while taking online courses, doing internships/practicums etc., and to meet new Federal regulations (34 CFR 600.9(c)(iii) & 34 CFR 668.43(c))? How does your institution report this information?
  • Compliance Innovations: Institution policy, tools, compliance teams, or other inventive or novel compliance management practices.


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