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Nominations for 2017 Bellwether Awards are now open! 

Online Bellwether Finalist Application

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ONLY ONLINE applications will be considered. If you experience problem submitting application form, please email us at futures@coe.ufl.edu

We encourage applicants to submit a video clip that is no longer than one minute, addressing the selection criteria below. However, this requirement is OPTIONAL. The video clip must be uploaded to YouTube and the link included in the appropriate field in the online application form.

Submission Guidelines

We have listed our answers to frequently asked questions here: F.A.Q.s link. Please click here for additional submission guidelines.

Purpose of Awards:

The Bellwether Awards annually recognize outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges into the future.

The three categories of the Award:

  • Instructional Programs & Services: Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.
  • Planning, Governance & Finance: Programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to improve efficiency and effectiveness in the community college.
  • Workforce Development: Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development.

Bellwether Finalist Selection:

Bellwether Finalists will be selected based upon how well the application addressed the following (selection weights are shown in parentheses).

  • The conference theme: “Changing the Debate: From Pathways to Pipeline
  • An identified critical issue (10%)
  • The application criteria listed below (80%)

Award Selection Process: Proposals for the Bellwether Awards will be competitively reviewed and ten finalists will be selected in each category. Finalists will be required to present at the Futures Assembly (29-31 January, 2017) and will be encouraged to provide evidence of program results. These results and the presentation will be used in selecting the final award recipients. Notification of finalists is planned for late November.

Application Criteria (80%):

  1. Identify the issue or challenge that this leading edge program or activity was designed to address (20%).
  2. Describe the process, timeline, participants, and resources required to implement the program or activity (20%).
  3. Specify the results and/or impact (20%).
  4. Elaborate on lessons learned for colleges considering a replication of this initiative (20%).

For further information/exploration:

  1. “Another View” by Dale F. Campbell

Critical Issues:

The 2017 Community College Futures Assembly seeks nominations/applications for leading edge trend-setting Bellwether Programs that address one or more of the critical issues identified at the 2014 Futures Assembly (Alternative link to critical issues is here).

If you have an outstanding program that is not directly related to the identified issues at 2014 Futures Assembly, you can still apply. In such a case, please clearly articulate the critical issue that your program addresses.


At the awards luncheon, three winners will be presented the exclusive Bellwether Award.

In recognition of their achievement, photographs and press releases will be provided to the Bellwether finalists for publication within their local community.

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