Award Criteria: The Ron Legon Leadership Award for Quality Assurance in Online Education

Nomination Information

  • Use the online form to submit a nomination. (Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2021)
  • 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 ConnectLX Conference and announced at the Awards Presentation during the Conference.

ELIGIBILITY - Nominations are open to the general public. Current QM and MOL board members are not eligible.  

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

Award Criteria

There are many dimensions of effective leadership, and few, if any, leaders possess them all in equal measure. Some leaders have achieved major change within their own institutions and have worked to share the successes broadly and externally so that others might follow.  Other leaders may have focused on quality assurance innovation and change for the field of online education. Indicate all those among the following qualities that merit consideration of the nominee for this prestigious leadership award:
  • Leadership: Must have a minimum of 7 years in leadership positions at academic institutions or organizations related to online learning
  • External Recognitions: Recognized by state, regional and/or national organizations as a leader in online quality assurance or for championing excellence in online or digital education
  • Organizational Transformation: Created and/or supported strategies that have had a significant impact on online/digital education, quality assurance policy and/or practice in higher education, K-12, publishing, and/or continuing education organization
  • Innovation: Is visionary and innovative, striving to improve the future of online education through quality assurance
  • Continuous Improvement: Has shown a commitment to continuous quality improvement in online education over time
  • External Impact: Has shifted the paradigm of quality assurance in online education within their own organization and/or have had a meaningful impact on quality-related policy or practice beyond their own organization(s)
  • Values and Ethics: Adheres to core values and ethical standards
  • Mentoring: Is exemplary in their collegial and collaborative approach to supporting and/or mentoring future leaders

Required Evidence

Using the online form, you will submit the following items to complete the nomination process:
  1. Curriculum Vitae and/or detailed resume highlighting leadership roles
  2. Nomination cover letter
  3. Evidence documents that speak to the nominee’s qualifications, which may include:
    • Prior awards and recognitions as a leader in quality assurance in online learning and for service at an institutional, regional and/or national level
    • Contributions and impact on online education quality assurance policy and/or practice with supporting statements from impacted organizations
    • Visionary and innovative quality assurance enhancements to the direction of online education, and relevant assessment by independent recognized authority
    • Contributions to quality assurance efforts that show an ongoing commitment to change over time
    • Paradigm-shifting influence on quality assurance in online education with documented impact on internal, external or industry-wide beliefs and practices
    • 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