Award Criteria: Ron Legon Leadership Award for Quality Digital Education

Nomination Information

Purpose: To recognize institutional and system-level leaders who have had significant and demonstrable impact on the implementation of robust quality assurance practices in digital learning.

This award acknowledges that creating scalable and sustainable practices that drive and assure quality in digital teaching and learning requires leadership that can align these efforts to strategic goals and facilitate the support of campus and external stakeholders. Quality digital education, particularly online and hybrid learning, requires the kinds of connections between people, communication systems, policies, resources, and evaluation practices that can only be achieved through consistent advocacy and support from institutional leadership.

  • Use the online form to submit a nomination. (Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2022)
  • Include complete contact information for the individual nominated (e.g., name, title, organization, address, phone, email)
  • Include the contact name and information for the individual submitting the nomination
  • The winner will be notified three months prior to the QM Connect Conference and announced at the Awards Presentation during the Conference.

ELIGIBILITY - Nominations are open to qualified leaders, other than current QM and MOL board members, of QM member institutions. See criteria below.  

FORMAT - Each submission should be organized to correspond to the sections described below.

Award Criteria

There are many dimensions of effective leadership for quality assurance in digital education. We seek to recognize leaders for their sustained leadership achievement, their principled approach and their impact on quality practices across the institution or system.
  • Sustained Leadership: Must have a minimum of 7 years in leadership positions at education institutions, higher education systems or consortia, or organizations related to digital education.
  • Achievement
    • Organizational Transformation: Created and/or supported strategies that have had a significant impact on online/digital education and related quality assurance efforts by connecting such efforts to institutional strategic goals and garnering the support of key campus and external stakeholders. 
    • Innovation: Has supported forward-looking and innovative models to support, enhance and evidence quality digital education.
  • Principled Approach
    • Continuous Improvement: Has shown a commitment to continuous quality improvement in digital education over time.
    • Values and Ethics: Adheres to personal core values and ethical standards. Evidence of commitment to these values and ethics can be seen throughout their leadership, supported initiatives, goals, and outcomes.
    • Mentoring: Is exemplary in their collegial and collaborative approach to supporting and/or mentoring future leaders
  • Demonstrated Impact on Quality Assurance Practice
    • External Recognitions: Recognized by state, regional and/or national organizations as a leader in higher education quality assurance or for championing excellence in digital education.
    • Impact: Has shifted the paradigm of quality digital education within their own organization, and has the metrics to showcase the efficacy of efforts, and/or have had a meaningful impact on quality-related policy or practice beyond their own organization(s), and has evidence of external impact.  

Required Evidence

Using the online form, please submit the following items as attachments to complete the nomination process:
  1. Their Leadership: Evidence of sustained institutional leadership for quality teaching and learning.
    •  Curriculum Vitae and/or detailed resume highlighting leadership roles.
  2. Their Achievement: Evidence of policies, practices, resources and/or actions taken to ensure campus and external stakeholders are aware of and support the connection between strategic goals and quality assurance practices for digital education.  Evidence of advocacy for, or direct facilitation of, cooperation and collaboration across institutional units in ways that actively align faculty/staff, communication practices, policies, resources, and evaluation/institutional assessment. Evidence of support for innovative ways to improve quality in digital education.
    • Narrative that details overt advocacy and support of quality digital education policy and/or practice with internal and external stakeholders.
    • Narrative and documentation (e.g. policies, publications, budgets, staffing, meeting agendas, etc.) demonstrating the provision of resources, incentives and encouragement to institutional faculty and staff to collaborate towards institutional goals for quality digital education.
  3. Their Principled Approach: Evidence of exemplary leadership with sustained commitment to the improvement of digital learning, with a highly ethical approach that respects contributions by faculty and staff. Evidence of purposeful mentoring or leadership by example.
    • Leadership principles and adherence to core values and ethical standards demonstrated by examples drawn from practice.
    • Exemplary commitment to mentoring future leaders, or influencing current ones, documented in examples and 2-3 testimonials.
  4. Their Demonstrated Impact on Quality Assurance Practice:  Evidence of recognition by internal and external stakeholders for achievements and impact, documentation of success or impact of policies and practices for quality assurance for digital education.
    • Prior awards and recognitions as a leader in quality assurance in digital education and for service at an institutional, regional and/or national level.
    • Before-and-after evidence of a paradigm shift in the manner in which the institution ensures quality in digital education.