William A. Kaplin Award - Criteria

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1. Nominees will be judged on their scholarly work that has been published or accepted for publication. Preference will be given to nominees with a substantial record of publication during the three-year period preceding the nomination. Consideration will also be given, however, to nominees with a strong history of publication over a longer period of time, even if their primary works do not fall within the three-year period preceding nomination.

2. The scholarly work may focus solely on American higher education, or on American higher education's interrelationships with elementary/secondary (K-12) education, or on American higher education in comparison to the higher education system of one or more other countries.

3. To be eligible for the award, the research and the analysis in the scholarly work must address both legal issues/considerations and policy issues/considerations. The policy aspects of the work may involve institutional policy concerns of colleges and universities addressed primarily by institutional officers and administrators or broader public policy concerns regarding higher education addressed primarily by legislatures and administrative agencies.

4. The scholarly works to be considered may include books and book chapters; monographs; journal articles; reports prepared for foundations, think tanks, and advocacy organizations; conference papers; and other similar print or electronic formats.

5. The award may be based on a single work, such as a book; on a combination or series of works, such as a series of journal articles or reports; or on the sum total of the nominee's scholarly work.

6. Scholarly work meeting the above requirements will be judged based on (a) the overall quality of the research and analysis; (b) the extent to which the work integrates law and policy, and the quality and utility of the interrelationships between law and policy that the work develops; and (c) the significance of the work and the contribution that it makes to the development and implementation of higher education law and policy.