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Nominations for 2018 CASE Award of Excellence now being accepted

The Council on Approved Student Education (CASE) has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the Award of Excellence to an Outstanding Educator, which is given in recognition of dedication to students and extraordinary contributions to reporter education. The nomination deadline is April 30.

NCRA’s CASE Award of Excellence recognizes the important role student education plays in the court reporting profession and honors educators for their dedication, outstanding achievement, and leadership. Recipients are nominated by an NCRA member or a court reporting student.

“When I received the call that I had won the CASE award, I was truly honored,” said Eileen Beltz, CRI, CPE, a freelance court reporter from Avon, Ohio, and an instructor at the College of Court Reporting in Valparaiso, Ind., who received the 2017 CASE Award of Excellence. “I was extremely blessed to have had instruction from wonderful teachers while I was in school. When I became an instructor myself, I was again blessed, this time with fabulous mentors. To be considered for this award was a privilege I didn’t take lightly. I was nominated by Janet Noel and Donna Karoscik, two professionals whom I hold in the highest esteem.”

Students, fellow faculty members, administrators, or NCRA members can submit nominations.

Nominees for the CASE Award of Excellence must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be on the faculty of an NCRA-approved court reporting program.
  • Be a member of NCRA.
  • Have at least five years of experience teaching and not be a past award recipient.
  • Nominations must include the completed nomination form.
  • Nominee cannot be a current CASE member.

Nominations will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Student engagement/Mentoring: Explain how the nominee supports student activities, including counseling, placement assistance, and advising groups.
  • Teaching/Instruction: Demonstrate the nominee’s excellence in teaching based on contemporary, research-based knowledge of court reporting education, and the development of teaching aids and methods.
  • Leadership: Outline the nominee’s leadership skills by providing examples of the nominee’s problem-solving, motivation, and guidance skills.
  • Professional development: Demonstrate how the nominee has served the advancement of the profession through involvement in professional organizations or creation of professional development programs.
  • Research: Cite examples of the nominee’s research and writing that advances court reporting education or the field.

“We have amazing reporters in this profession, there is no doubt. As instructors, we must continue to nurture and educate our students. They are our future. It is important that we continue to recognize those who are working day in and day out with our students,” Beltz added.

For more information or to access the downloadable letter of instructions, nomination form, or list of past recipients, visit

For more information on the CASE Award of Excellence, please contact a member of NCRA’s Education Team at