Bellwether College Consortium

Join Us for the 2021 Virtual Policy Summit & Community College Futures Assembly!

Registration is Open

Who Are We?


We Are Award-Winning Innovators.

The Bellwether College Consortium is comprised of award-winning colleges with a courageous and sustained charge to address critical issues facing community colleges through applicable research and the promotion and replication of best practices addressing workforce development, instructional programs and services, and planning, governance and finance.

The nationally recognized Bellwether Award focuses on cutting-edge, trendsetting programs worthy of replication. In the quarter of a century of our existence, we have awarded 78 community colleges with this respected distinction.


We Recognize and Curate Scalable, Replicable and Evidence-Based Solutions.

Annually, 30 community colleges are deemed finalists from a large group of competitive applicants in the United States and its territories. The selected colleges compete for one of three Bellwether Awards. A rigorous selection process with two rounds of judging by peers and academicians in the field culminates with an exciting and engaging day-long event of presentations by contenders for the Bellwether Award at the Community College Futures Assembly.

The competition and selection bring a level of excellence that demonstrates the innovative spirit and results-driven mindset that exists among our finest community colleges. BCC is proudly sponsored by the Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, Texas and celebrates its 27th Bellwether Award competition in January of 2021.


With over 26 Years of Supporting Cutting-Edge Community Colleges and Counting, We are the Bellwethers for the Future of Higher Education.

In 1994, Dr. Dale Campbell was inspired to create the Bellwether College Consortium and its signature events, the Community College Futures Assembly and Policy Summit. His vision of identifying solutions that community colleges developed to address critical issues remains important today more than ever.

Our family of stellar, cutting-edge community colleges remain the bellwether for where we are headed in higher education and how student success and equitable outcomes are possible regardless of the challenges before us. We have 26 years behind us, a lifetime of wonderfully successful colleges that have made a difference in the lives of millions of students.

  • Signature Events

    The BCC holds events such as the Policy Summit and Community College Futures Assembly.

  • BCC Film Selection

    The Bellwether College Consortium is committed to recognizing an acclaimed documentary or film on critical policy issues in higher education annually at the BCC Policy Summit.



Contact Us


We are here to address your questions and share our latest news. Reach out to us if we don’t reach out to you!

For general questions:

Ida Leos,
Workforce Development Support Specialist