Castle awarded prestigious CAP Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Castle

Mount Mercy University Associate Provost & Executive Director for Academic Innovation Dr. Tom Castle was awarded the Council for Accelerated Programs Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with adult students. Only three others have received the prestigious award.

A member of CAP’s board for eight years, Castle served as chair for two terms after the loss of another board member. He also served as an at-large board member, treasurer for multiple terms and vice-chair. He has led several webinars for CAP, represented the organization at conferences and facilitated workshops at CAP conferences. Notably, Castle helped author the national CAP Quality Standards, which is used as an evaluation tool for institutions across the county.

“This Lifetime Achievement Award means a great deal to me,” Castle said. “CAP is a large network of adult-focused higher education professionals, and over the years, I have relied on these peers for advice on how to best teach and serve the working adult student. The members of CAP care about the quality of education we provide to adult students, and I have always valued my relationship with other CAP members. I could not be more honored to be recognized by such an outstanding organization.”

Castle accepted the award during the organization’s 2016 conference in Austin, Texas, along with another Mount Mercy faculty member—Marcie Van Note was awarded CAP’s Excellence in Teaching award.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award winners include Royce Ann Collins, past chair and current associate professor at Kansas State and editor of the Journal of Continuing Higher Education; Pat Ellis, past chair and associate dean at Stevenson University; and Diane Bamford-Reece, associate vice president for Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Congratulations, Tom!

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