Tuesday, January 25, 2022
The RP Group

 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize contributions of individuals with extraordinary long-term involvement and service over the whole of a career, rather than or in addition to single contributions. The RP Group awards a Lifetime Achievement Award to members of the California Community College Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (IRPE) community who have made significant contributions to the field.

2022 Award Nominations

The call for nominations for a 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award is now open! Nominations must be submitted through our nomination form by January 19, 2022 to be considered for a 2022 award. Anyone may nominate another person who meets the criteria outlined below. No one may self-nominate.


To be considered for the lifetime achievement award, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Have worked in a California community college/district, the Chancellor’s Office, and/or RP Group for at least 10 years

  • Are nearing retirement or retired within the past five years

  • Have recognized contributions to IRPE leadership, equity, research, planning, policy, or institutional effectiveness that have led to a significant impact in the California Community Colleges

Ways this significant impact in the California Community Colleges may be demonstrated include:

  • Programs/projects: The individual contributed significantly to the development of a program, project, or product that has been widely recognized, adopted, or influential in the community.

  • Policy: The individual contributed significantly to policies that led to improvements in learning, student achievement, or increased equity within the California Community Colleges.

  • Service/Leadership: The individual contributed significantly to the advancement of the RP Group mission, such as through leadership on the Board, mentorship and development of IRPE professionals beyond their college or office, service on statewide committees, or in other broad capacities.

Nomination Process

Nominations will be submitted through the survey form linked above and require the following information: 

  • nominee's name,

  • current contact information,

  • a curriculum vitae (CV) or another list of positions and organizations served, and

  • a brief description of how the nominee meets the criteria and why they should be considered. 

Review Process

  • The ED and/or Board President will present the nominations to the Executive Committee at their January/February meeting for consideration and to determine the final list of recommended nominees. 

  • The Board President will present the final recommendations for approval at the February Board meeting. 

  • The awards process is constructed to align with presenting the awards at the annual RP Conference; however, there is no expectation the Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded annually.

 Past Years

2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards
Recognizing Robert Gabriner and Linda Umbdenstock, recipients of the 2016 RP Group Awards for Lifetime Achievement

2012 Lifetime Achievement Awards
Recognizing Julie Slark and Jerry Rudmann, recipients of the 2012 POWER Awards for Lifetime Achievement.