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Nominate yourself or a colleague for a 2020 National Award from NAEP.

 

You and your colleagues are doing amazing things across higher education procurement. Share your success and be recognized for the work that you do. Nominate yourself or a colleague for a 2020 National Award from NAEP.

Information on the various awards and how to apply follows below. We've extended the deadline and nominations are now due February 28, 2020


NAEP Award of Excellence in Procurement

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Purpose

The NAEP Award of Excellence in Procurement is awarded at the institution level on the basis of the procurement department’s contributions in support of the institution’s mission.  Applicants should provide a detailed example of an innovative and exemplary endeavor, product, or service undertaken or performed by the procurement department that provides significant advantage to the institution, faculty, staff, and/or students.

Eligibility

The nominated institution must be a current Member Institution of the National Association of Educational Procurement

Evaluation Overview

Applications are evaluated per the following:

  • Scope and complexity of the endeavor
  • Technological leadership
  • Benefit to the institution and key constituents
  • Demonstration of excellent and professionalism

Awards will be considered for institutions in each of three enrollment categories:

  • Category 1: <5,000 students
  • Category 2: 5,000-15,000 students
  • Category 3: >15,000 students

Nomination Criteria

  • Institutions may be nominated by others or may apply for themselves.
  • Each applicant institution must submit documentation describing their communications technology endeavors, products, or services which demonstrate excellence and professionalism as defined in the criteria below.
  • A letter from the institution's President or senior administration in support of the contribution of the department to the institution's mission

Detailed Nomination Guide

I. Description of Endeavor, Product, or Service

Briefly describe what was accomplished and its intended purpose in support of the institution’s mission, including key goals and objectives.  Please indicate a point of contact, providing name, title, and address as well as the best phone and email to reach that individual.

Explain aspects of this undertaking that make it unique and worthy of recognition.

Examples/considerations:

  • Does the endeavor promote community outreach?
  • Was a unique partnership formed?
  • Did you obtain creative funding or receive high profile media attention or coverage?

II. Planning, Leadership, and Management Support

Briefly describe the scope, complexity, and nature of planning process required for approval and implementation of the endeavor.

Key areas to highlight:

·      Vision

·      Strategies

·      Goals and Objectives

·      Risks andExposures

·      Organization dynamics

·      Leadership skills

·      Technical competencies

·      Organization culture

·      Operating environment

Briefly describe resource commitments/allocation, as well as planning tools, database, and integrity of historical and current data and information for communications technology planning, decision making, control, and assessment of the endeavor.

Examples/considerations:

  • How does the effort integrate with the institution's vision, long range plans, business plans, human resource and student affairs programs?
  • What are specific examples of the level of commitment and involvement by top management?

III. Promotion of Procurement and Maturity of Effort

Briefly describe how the endeavor has contributed to the institution’s mission and provided significant advantage to the institution, faculty, staff, and/or students.

Examples/considerations:

  • What is the current state of procurement services at the institution?
  • What are the key benefits of the endeavors of procurement to the institution, its environment, or well-being of its constituents?
  • How does this endeavor integrate with other services and plans?
  • What approaches were used to introduce and promote this project/development and idea to management and various user personnel?
  • When was the endeavor initiated?
  • How was the effort conceived?
  • Is the approach original, or was it an existing approach tailored to fit the organization's needs?
  • How extensive is the effort within the institution?
  • How does this endeavor compare to the current state of the art in the industry and other institutions of similar size and focus?

IV. Quality, Performance, and Productivity Measurements

Briefly describe the types of quality, performance, and productivity measures used to evaluate the endeavor.

Examples/considerations:

  • How were these measures linked to the overall improvement effort?
  • How were these measures communicated to the organization?
  • What, specifically, is measured?
  • How did you determine what to measure?
  • What categories of information were collected?
  • How do results compare to indicators established?

V. Cost, Benefit, and Risk Analysis

Briefly outline the key components of direct and indirect cost, benefit quantification, risk/exposure quantification, and organizational impact on the endeavor.

VI. Customer Satisfaction and Results to Date

Briefly describe key user involvement with the planning and implementation of the endeavor and related products and services.

Examples/considerations:

  • What has been the reaction of various users to the endeavor?
  • What types of evaluation instruments were used to assess user satisfaction?
  • How does this compare to original plans and expectations?
  • What unanticipated challenges and problems were encountered and how were they resolved?

Bert C. Ahrens Achievement Award

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Purpose
The Bert C. Ahrens Achievement Award is designed to recognize a former or present Member who has made outstanding contributions to NAEP and the procurement profession over an extended period of time. This award is the highest form of recognition offered by the Association.

Nomination Criteria
The Nominee shall be recognized for outstanding contributions to NAEP and the procurement profession throughout a lengthy career of service. The nominee will have demonstrated continuing loyalty and dedication to the Association and, through this example, provided inspiration to others. The nominee's contributions to strategic procurement will have served to elevate awareness of the procurement profession.

Contributions should meet the following criteria:

  1. They are the result of resolved or persistent personal endeavor
  2. The Nominee shall have clearly demonstrated a predominant personal effort without which the contributions would not have been made
  3. The result or effect must be pervasive and demonstrably beneficial to the aims and goals of NAEP
  4. The result or effect shall have contributed to the elevation and acknowledgement of the procurement profession in higher education

Eligibility

A nominee must be, or have been, an active employee of a current Member Institution of the National Association of Educational Procurement and not a current Member of the Association’s Board of Directors.

The Nominee may be contacted to verify and add data to the recommendation received.


Bob Ashby Mentor of the Year

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Purpose
The Bob Ashby Mentor of the Year Award recognizes an individual Member for outstanding mentorship of another procurement professional. The nominee is someone who is an active Member of NAEP and who cares about the success of the mentee, their institution, and ultimately the profession.

Nomination Criteria
The nominee shall be recognized for outstanding dedication to the procurement profession through the mentorship of another procurement professional.  The nomination should demonstrate how the individual has personally incorporated three or more of the following criterion while assisting in the advancement of his or her mentee:

  • The nominee passes on his/her learned experience and knowledge
  • The nominee continuously promotes a sense of camaraderie within the profession, promotes team spirit within the Member's department, and facilitates positive communications
  • The nominee has not only shown the Member the science of procurement but also the art of procurement within the higher education environment
  • The nominee has shown the Member how to navigate the politics within the Member's institution
  • The nominee introduces the Member to people who can be influential in the Member's career by encouraging continuous networking
  • The nominee inspires the Member to achieve professional goals and provides valuable assistance to the Member in achieving those goals
  • The nominee is the go-to person for answers to especially vexing problems
  • The nominee will be the person the Member remembers when someone asks the Member how he or she got started in procurement

Eligibility
A nominee must be, or have been, an active employee of a current Member Institution of the National Association of Educational Procurement and not a current Member of the Association’s Board of Directors.


Distinguished Service Award

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Purpose
The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individual Members who have provided extraordinary service to their institutions, the higher education community, the Association, or the procurement profession.

Nomination Criteria
The award will be given to those individuals who have contributed continued and/or extraordinary service to the procurement profession and NAEP at the Regional or National level. These people have personally incorporated one or more of the following aspects of "Distinguished Service” into their role as an NAEP Member:

  • Generating original, strategic, and innovative procurement-related solutions for their institution
  • Providing extraordinary assistance to NAEP and/or their institution of a strategic nature
  • Mentoring new members of the profession and inspiring other procurement professionals to become active in the Association or pursue advancement within the profession
  • Helping to bring credit to NAEP and/or their institution with exceptional contributions to the procurement community
  • Helping to enhance the mission and excellence of NAEP and/or their institution by obtaining achievements that display personal initiative and creativity
  • Contributing a one-time, outstanding effort that involved considerable risk

Eligibility

A total of three individuals can receive this award.

A nominee must be, or have been, an active employee of a current Member Institution of the National Association of Educational Procurement and not a current Member of the Association’s Board of Directors.


Neil D. Markee Communicator of the Year Award

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The Neil D. Markee Communicator of the Year Award recognizes an individual Member for outstanding contributions to the procurement profession made through the written or spoken word.

Nomination Criteria
This award may be granted as a result of outstanding performance and participation in one or more of the following activities:

  • Teaching purchasing-related subjects at institutes or workshops sponsored by NAEP or another educational organization
  • Writing and having published articles directed toward the betterment of the procurement profession.
  • Representing the procurement profession or NAEP through speaking or writing engagements to the general public

Eligibility
A nominee must be, or have been, an active employee of a current Member Institution of the National Association of Educational Procurement and not a current Member of the Association’s Board of Directors.


NAEP Volunteer of the Year Award

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Purpose
The NAEP Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes individual Members for the contributions they've made to the benefit and overall goals of NAEP through volunteering their time and resources.

Nomination Criteria
The Nominee shall have exhibited extraordinary voluntary service and commitment to the mission of NAEP. The individual shall have a demonstrated record of service evidenced by a meaningful commitment of effort and time. Nominations shall meet the following criteria:

  • Actively participated in the activities of NAEP at the national level in the past year
  • Supports and upholds the aims and goals of NAEP
  • Makes an outstanding contribution to the Association through volunteer service
  • Demonstrates exceptional commitment, service, creativity, and cooperation
  • Inspires others to engage in volunteer activities

Eligibility

A total of three individuals can receive this award.

A nominee must be, or have been, an active employee of a current Member Institution of the National Association of Educational Procurement and not a current Member of the Association’s Board of Directors.


Young Professional in Procurement Award

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Purpose
The Young Professional in Procurement Award recognizes outstanding young procurement professionals for their contributions to their institutions, the higher education community, the Association, or the procurement profession.  The nominee must have fewer than 10 years of experience in the higher education procurement profession and must be 40 years old or less.  The nominee will have been an active Member of NAEP for at least one year.

Nomination Criteria

This award may be granted as a result of outstanding performance and participation by a young procurement professional in one or more of the following activities:

This award will be granted to a young procurement professional who has actively participated in meetings and other functions of the Association. The nominees for this award should also have demonstrated service to the Association through one or more of the following:

  • Service/contributions/accomplishments at the Regional or National level
  • Service/contributions/accomplishments as a member of an official NAEP Committee at the Regional or National level
  • Service/contributions/accomplishments as a member of an official NAEP Educational program or special project
  • Authorship of a publication, article, or presentation offered at the NAEP Annual Meeting or an official NAEP Educational program.
  • Other voluntary contributions of time, effort, resources, and leadership abilities to promote and enhance NAEP and the educational procurement profession.
  • Additional considerations: Networking/social activities geared for young procurement professionals; taking a leadership role in their jobs, community or Association; career development activities that may include receiving procurement designations, attending the NAEP Procurement Academy, volunteering for an RFP Bid Team, etc.; promoting procurement on campus to customers to enhance service and increase procurement’s influence.

Eligibility

A total of three individuals can receive this award.

A nominee must be, or have been, an active employee of a current Member Institution of the National Association of Educational Procurement and not a current Member of the Association’s Board of Directors.


NPI Achievement of Excellence in Procurement

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award (AEP) is earned by public and non-profit organizations that obtain a high score based on standardized criteria. When the program was established in 1995 by the National Procurement Institute, the founders identified five key categories as benchmarks of procurement excellence. The criteria are designed to measure:

  • Innovation
  • Professionalism
  • Productivity
  • Leadership
  • e-Procurement

This program encourages the development of excellence as well as continued organizational improvement to earn the award annually.

The objectives of the AEP program are to:

  1. Recognize organizational excellence in public and non-profit procurement
  2. Encourage development of excellence,
  3. Provide benchmarks for continued excellence, and
  4. Increase awareness of public procurement as a profession.


The AEP Award is sponsored by the following associations:

• National Procurement Institute • Institute for Supply Management • California Association of Public Procurement Officials • Florida Association of Public Procurement Officials • NIGP: The Institute for Public Procurement • National Association of State Procurement Officials • National Association of Educational Procurement • Canadian Public Procurement Council • Texas Public Purchasing Association • National Joint Powers Alliance • National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance • U.S. Communities • Airport Purchasing Group • Universal Public Procurement Certification Council

Your Public or Non-Profit Agency is eligible to apply
All sizes and types of public and non-profit organizations have been successful applicants. Counties, cities, school districts, states, special districts, and universities, both public & private, are eligible. The award is received by all that attain a minimum score of 100 on a rating of standardized criteria. In order to receive consideration for the award, organizations are required to submit a detailed application with supporting documentation. The evaluation is conducted by an independent committee.

The Achievement of Excellence in Procurement (AEP) application is available February 1, 2020  and closes on May 15, 2020.

Questions or suggestions
Current information on the award can be found here.


David H. Lord E&I Cooperative Purchasing Award

Presented by E&I Cooperative Services

David Lord's 12 years of dedicated service on the E&I Board of Directors left an indelible mark upon the Cooperative's history. Throughout his time as Board of Directors President, David consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership in meeting the diverse needs of our Membership.

The David H. Lord Award was created to acknowledge and recognize a Member who has made exceptional contributions to E&I over a comprehensive period of time through volunteerism in the area of Cooperative Purchasing as exemplified by David Lord.

Nominations are open through February 7, 2020.The award will be presented during the E&I Stockholders Luncheon on Monday, April 6 at the upcoming 2020 NAEP Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN




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