INNOVATION AWARDS

Application Criteria

Student Well-Being Award

One of SAASSAP’s key strategies is to develop holistic student success. Key milestones that serve as indicators of the success of the work of Student Affairs are those that relate to student access, student well-being, and student success. Therefore SAASSAP views Health and Wellness as integral to the holistic development of students.

Applications must contain details of a minimum of two of the criteria mentioned below:
Active SAASSAP institutional affiliation.
Evidence of a culture of integrative student well-being and successful practices that have contributed to the holistic growth of students.
Demonstrated impact of wellness initiatives.
Evidence of innovative student well-being programs through exploration of global trends that are reflective, future-facing, and humanising.
Demonstrated practices that enhance the global sustainable goals.

Living and Learning Initiative Award

The category of Student Residences will be awarded to institutions that have demonstrated the following set of criteria:

Applications must contain details of a minimum of two of the criteria mentioned below:
Active SAASSAP institutional affiliation.
Active affiliation to AC UHO-I SAC.
Evidence of residences as living and learning spaces, with the residences working in support of the academic project.
Evidence of residence placement and infrastructure to be an inclusive, diverse, and reasonable accommodation for students with special needs.
A well-demonstrated accreditation process for off-campus accommodation and measures in place for all health and safety requirements.
The integration of residences into student life activities.

Universal Access and Inclusion

SAASSAP celebrates the significant contribution of individuals and teams who support people living with disabilities to achieve their goals. The Award will recognise and reward people who go beyond ordinary standards of service and provide the highest standard of individualised support to people living with a disability.

Applications must contain details of a minimum of two of the criteria mentioned below:
Active SAASSAP institutional affiliation.
Active affiliation to HEDSA.
Evidence of outstanding work of the unit in promoting the needs of Indigenous people living with disabilities and/or in building the capacity of Indigenous people with disability to exercise choice and control.
Innovative advocacy and support programs for students living with disabilities.
Evidence of facilitating inclusivity for all campus life programs and infrastructure.
Use of innovative strategies in increasing participation and improving access to the community for people living with disabilities

Student Leadership Development

A significant and important role of Student Affairs professionals is to ensure that the institutional context and governance sphere supports our students to be their fullest selves, in practicing
democracy at the grassroots level; that we reap the benefits of a democratic national milieu in a healthy way such that democratic engagement builds on the creative capacities of our students in a constructive way. SAASSAP would therefore recognise the efforts of governance units that are contributing to this strategy.

Applications must contain details of a minimum of two of the criteria mentioned below:
Active SAASSAP institutional affiliation.
Active affiliate to NASDEV.
Active affiliate to SAUS.
Evidence of Frameworks, Strategic Dialogues, Constructive Engagements, Teach-ins, Educational Conferences, and Generative Relationships to deal with contextual matters.
Developed policies, protocols and systems that ensure the functionality of governance structures.
Innovative advocacy and lobby programs.
An intentional developmental program for skills and competencies for student leaders.
An innovative SRC Project.

Scholarship

SAASSAP acknowledges the slow pace of publications currently existing in Student Affairs and Services in South Africa from DSA professionals. The Association is also aware of the challenges that are experienced by SAS professionals concerning publishing their lived realities. To remedy this narrative, SAASSAP has a JSAA Special Publication in progress, and the Office of the Research and Development Officer is making developmental strides to support scholarship in Student Affairs and Services. In light of this, SAASSAP wishes to recognise colleagues that have made strides in this area.

Applications must contain details of a minimum of two of the criteria mentioned below:
Active SAASSAP institutional affiliation.
Evidence of publication on SAS-related matters.
Evidence of projects/ workshops developed to enhance research outputs of SAS staff.
Intentional support programs for SAS staff within the department.