The 2016 Hobsons Education Advances Awards are now open for nominations. Hobsons product users are encouraged to submit an application nominating their own institution (or other institutions) for three awards in the categories of K-12 College and Career Readiness, College Admissions and Enrollment, and Higher Ed Student Success and Advising. Each award winner, selected by a panel of independent judges, will receive $2,500 for their institution, while two finalists in each category will receive $1,000 each for their institutions.

Meet this year’s judges for the Student Success and Advising Award: 

Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA

Kevin Kruger is the president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Kruger draws on more than 30 years of experience in higher education in his capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners. Prior to NASPA, Kevin worked for 15 years at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During his tenure at the University of Maryland he worked in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions, and with the vice president for student affairs office. Kevin has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development in Higher Education program at Trinity College in Washington, DC. 

Charlie Nutt, Executive Director, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising

Charlie Nutt was appointed as the Executive Director of the National Academic Advising Association in October 2007. Prior to this he served as the Associate Director of the Association for five years. Additionally, he spent 15 years as a teacher and administrator at Coastal Georgia Community College, where he originated the college advisement center and orientation program that was awarded a Certificate of Merit by NACADA in 1995. He has taught English in grades 9-12, served as a department chair and assistant principal in a high school, and served as Director of Development and Admission at a private K-12 institution. Presently, he teaches graduate courses in the College of Education in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. He has also been instrumental in the development of the NACADA/K-State graduate certificate in academic advising and several other NACADA professional development initiatives.

Dr. Karen Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream

Dr. Karen Stout has served as President of Montgomery County Community College (PA), a multi-campus college in suburban Philadelphia, since 2001. Effective July 1, Dr. Stout left Montgomery to assume the role of President and CEO of Achieving the Dream, Inc., a national non-profit reform network of 200 community colleges, serving four million students in 35 states, that is helping colleges to build capacity to improve student success. Dr. Stout serves as Chair of the President’s Advisory Board to the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University Teacher’s College, is a Commissioner and Executive Committee member with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is a past member of the American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors (2011-2014). Most recently, she served as Co-Chair of the AACC 21st Century Commission’s Implementation Steering Committee working with more than 100 leaders from across the country in developing a framework for the redesign of America’s community colleges.

We thank all of our judges for helping Hobsons recognize great work in preparing students for success.

To showcase your institution’s efforts, submit your application todayYour complete submission must be received by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2016.

Learn more about this year’s judges for the College & Career Readiness.


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