Student Life

JAA Recognition Awards

The Judges

Category chairs select three judges with expertise in the field who work outside their institution’s advancement office. Each judge scores the entrants independently, and the category chairs then tally the results to determine the first-place and runner-up winners.


Judges will be attentive to the goals you had in mind when beginning the project, the audience you were trying to influence, and the decisions you had to make when implementing the project (such as: in-house vs. external, budget constraints, location, etc). They will look for quality and success: quality as measured by appearance and substance; success as measured by your description and any data that shows the effectiveness in relation to your goals.