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2016 Community College FUTURES Assembly

January 22-26, 2016

Hilton Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL

Celebrating 22 years of recognizing outstanding Bellwether Award winning programs


2016 Futures Assembly Opening General Session Announcement


The 2016 Community College Futures Assembly is glad to introduce this year’s keynote presenter: Tina Seelig, PhD, Professor of the Practice in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E), and Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University School of Engineering. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, includingInsight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World,  inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity, and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20. Along with many teaching awards, she is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award. 


Bellwether Awards

The Bellwether Awards annually recognize outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future. 30 outstanding colleges will be selected to present their innovative practices at the 2016 Community College Futures Assembly in January. From each of the three categories below, one college will be selected to win the prestigious Bellwether Award.  The application deadline is October 19, 2015.

Submit your innovative proposals in the following three categories:

1) Instructional Programs & Services
2) Planning, Governance, & Finance
3) Workforce Development

Application Criteria

  1. Identify the issue or challenge that this leading edge program or activity was designed to address.
  2. Describe the process, timeline, participants, and resources required to implement the program or activity.
  3. Specify the results and/or impact.
  4. Elaborate on lesson learned for colleges considering a replication of this initiative.

Questions?  Please read the Bellwether F.A.Q. at http://education.ufl.edu/futures/faq/ or send an email to futures@coe.ufl.edu.

Nominate a Program

If you are not the program director and would like to nominate a program please follow this link and fill out this nomination form.

Or alternatively, you can also nominate by sending us an email with the college name, program name, and contact email to futures@coe.ufl.edu. We look forward to receiving your applications and nominations.

The Bellwether Awards are sponsored by:


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Pathways Unbound: Understanding the Impact of Reverse Transfer on Postsecondary Institutions

Download the 2015 Policy Brief – 2015 National Policy Summit on Reverse Transfer



2015 Bellwether Award Winners

View Bellwether Award Winners 1995-2015 in a full screen map

January, 2015

Winner from the Instructional Programs & Services (IPS) Category: 

Norco College, CA

Summer Advantage: A Collaborative Model for Building the Future with College Readiness


Program Description: Norco College, in collaboration with local school district, developed a summer program for seniors placing below college-ready in English or Mathematics. In their first term, most participating students placed one to three levels higher, enrolled full-time in courses that included English/mathematics, completed a Student Education Plan, and demonstrated college success.

Norco College leaders receiving the Bellwether Award – Watch Video

Winner from the Planning, Governance & Finance (PGF) Category: 

Flathead Valley Community College, MT

Using Financial Aid Data and Fundraising Strategies to Improve Access, Persistence and Completion through Scholarships


Program Description: The FVCC Foundation collaborated with Financial Aid and Institutional Research to examine the relationship of scholarships financed with Foundation event proceeds to persistence and completion. Study outcomes motivated the Foundation to improve marketing of the scholarship program, increase revenues for scholarships, and transform its scholarship program to better impact student success.

Flathead Valley Community College leaders receiving the Bellwether Award – Watch Video

Winners from the Workforce Development (WD) Category:

Alamo Colleges, TX

Alamo Academies – An Industry-Driven, Higher Education Program of Studies, Workforce and Economic Development Partnership: Boosting the School-to-Careers Pipeline.


Program Description: Alamo Academies – An internationally recognized partnership between higher education and industry providing at-risk youth with tuition-free career pathways into critical demand technical STEM occupations. The program utilizes contextualized industry-driven curricula resulting in 95% of graduates entering higher education or high-wage careers in Aerospace, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Health and Heavy Equipment. One minute video description of the program – Watch Video.

Alamo Academies’ reaction as the Award was announced: Watch Video.

For Bellwether Winners Press Release, please click 2015 Bellwether Winner Press Release .

For 2015 Community College Futures Assembly Photos, please click here.



January 24 & 25, 2015

Download the 2015 Policy Summit Brief – “Pathways Unbound: Understanding the Impact of Reverse Transfer on Postsecondary Institutions

Hilton Downtown Disney, Orlando FLA gathering of higher education officials from the national, state and institution levels with an interest in facilitating the reverse transfer of credits back to associate degree granting institutions to facilitate greater numbers of students attaining a higher education credential.




 In Partnership with the Community College Futures Assembly



Dr. Dale Campbell and Dr. Tina O’Daniels on Upcoming National Policy Summit and the Futures Assembly

Podcast  (13 minutes)

Leaders Who Have Solved Critical Challenges Facing their Institutions to be Recognized at Community College Futures Assembly

 In Partnership with the Community College Futures Assembly

teaching conference


Glimpses from Last Year

Community College Futures Assembly Video

Past Winners of Mapped