McGraw-Hill Education – John Robert Gregg Award in Business Education (2016)

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McGraw-Hill Education is proud to sponsor the 2016 John Robert Gregg Award in Business Education, the most prestigious award in business education for over sixty years. This award encourages and recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of business education.

In order to recognize the valued contributions made to the development and advancement of business education, we need your participation. Please nominate an individual you consider deserving of this distinguished lifetime achievement award. The exact nature of the contribution may be a single achievement or it may embrace a group of related achievements leading to the contribution.

Once your nomination form is received, the Chair of the John Robert Gregg Administrative Committee will contact the nominee directly for the necessary supporting materials. Only one form will be accepted for each individual nominated. Nominees should have membership and involvement in the National Business Education Association and/or NBEA Regional or Divisional Associations.

The award, consisting of a citation and a cash gift of $2,000, will be presented at the annual NBEA convention.

Nominations must be submitted no later than December 21, 2016.

Nomination Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRG2016

About the Award
On May 28, 1888, a young man of twenty published a new shorthand system; that young man was John Robert Gregg. The name of the publication was Light-Line Phonography. Born in Ireland, Gregg was only ten years old when his father decided that all his children would learn shorthand. He mastered the Taylor system published in 1786 and became enthralled with shorthand so much so that he mastered several other systems. He started to think about what an ideal shorthand system should be. In 1888 while living in Scotland he produced his system of shorthand housed in a book 4 x 6 inches in size and 28 pages in length. By 1893 he had arrived in the United States and published the first American edition of his textbook.

Writers of Gregg shorthand won speed contests and by 1927 Gregg Shorthand had won the world’s championship six times establishing the world’s highest speed record. These successes attracted nationwide attention and soon the system was used by teachers across the country.

In 1929 Gregg was given the honorary degree of Master of Commercial Science by Bryant-Stratton College. In 1930 Boston University conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Commercial Science. In the same year, he was appointed delegate of the United States Government to the International Congress for Commercial Education and was elected chairman of the delegation and vice-president of the Congress. The degree of Doctor of Letters was conferred on Gregg by Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey. In 1931 the Eastern Commercial Teachers’ Association presented Doctor Gregg with its first gold medal for distinguished services to business education.

In 1949 the Gregg interests were merged with those of the McGraw-Hill Book Company; an association that brought about continued growth in Gregg shorthand. In 1953 the John Robert Gregg Award was established “to encourage and reward outstanding contributions to the development and advancement of business education.”

Purpose
To stimulate, encourage, and reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of business education.

Citation and cash award
Each recipient of the Award receives a citation and a gift of $2,000.

Administration
Two independent committees composed of prominent business educators administer the Award. The Administration Committee (6 members) oversees the administration of the Award. The Board of Selection (6 members) selects the winner.

Selection criteria
The recipient of the Award is a person who, in the judgment of the Board of Selection, has made an outstanding, meritorious contribution to the development and advancement of business education with one or more specific contributions having had a beneficial effect during the two-year period preceding the year in which the Award is bestowed.

This does not preclude a contribution initiated earlier that continues to have an impact upon business education during the prescribed two-year period.

Nature of the contribution
There is no prescription as to the exact nature of the contribution to be considered, however, nominees should have membership and involvement in the National Business Education Association and/or NBEA Regional or Divisional Associations. The contribution may be a single achievement or it may embrace a group of related achievements leading to the contribution.

Acceptable areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching (theory, method, and/or classroom practice)
  • Business and industry, with definite implications and significance in education
  • Teaching methodology
  • Professional literature
  • Research (original research or the direction of research)
  • Organizations (committees, associations, fraternities, etc.)
  • Administration of business education programs in high schools, colleges, or business schools

Nominations
Nominations may be made by any individual other than members of the Administrative Committee, the Board of Selection, or employees of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Further, members currently serving on either Committee or employees of The McGraw-Hill Companies are not eligible to receive the Award. No member of the Administrative Committee or the Board of Selection and no employee of the donor organization shall submit an endorsement or recommendation on behalf of any nominee. A candidate, to be considered, must be nominated on the official nomination blank below. Selection of the recipient of the Award will be solely and exclusively the responsibility and authority of the Board of Selection. Selection is to be made strictly on the merits of the contribution of the recipient.

Nominations must be submitted no later than December 21, 2016.

Nomination Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRG2016

SOURCE: McGraw-Hill Education