Alamo Colleges Named Finalist for National Bellwether Award

December 12, 2019

Kay Hendricks

Bellwether Award

The Alamo Colleges District is one of only ten community colleges or systems named by the Bellwether College Consortium (BCC) as finalists in the Planning, Governance and Finance category for the highly coveted national Bellwether Awards and the only community college system in Texas to be named a finalist in this category.

The district was recognized for the submission by Dr. Luke Dowden, chief online learning officer and associate vice chancellor, entitled “Integrated Support Operations to Scale Online Programs and Increase Enrollment.”

Bellwether finalists represent leading institutions of higher education whose outstanding and innovative programs and practices were selected from competitive submissions as exemplary. The finalists will undergo a rigorous final round of peer review at the 2020 Community College Futures Assembly in February.

The Bellwether Awards are widely regarded as the nation’s most competitive and prestigious recognition for community colleges and are the only awards evaluated by experts and practitioners in the field. In its 26 years of celebrating community colleges, the BCC is proud to identify outstanding and innovative programs or practices that can then be shared and replicated. In addition to the Planning, Governance, and Finance category, BCC presents awards in two other categories: Instructional Programs and Services and Workforce Development.

All finalists will be presented at the 2020 Community Colleges Futures Assembly, and one winner will be selected from each category by a panel of national experts. The assembly convenes annually as an independent, national policy forum for key opinion leaders to work as a “think tank” in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges and to recognize Bellwether winners and finalist as trend-setting institutions.

The Bellwether College Consortium is a group of colleges charged with addressing the 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 Bellwether Award is proudly sponsored by the Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, Texas.

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