Alamo Colleges Win National Bellwether Award for Planning, Governance and Finance
The Alamo Colleges have received the prestigious 2012 Bellwether Award which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. The winners were announced recently at the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) annual meeting in Orlando.
Alamo Colleges won in the Planning, Governance and Finance category, which recognizes programs or activities that improve efficiency and effectiveness in the community college. The program titled, Collaboration, Communication and Consensus: An Organic Approach to the Budget Crisis tackled fiscal cuts in the midst of unprecedented enrollment increases and rising operating costs. Fifty leaders from throughout the organization, including trustees, met the challenge head on during six days of budget retreats. Twenty-five budget reduction strategies, also focusing on student success, were identified and implemented without the need for layoffs or salary cuts.
â€œWe are grateful for the recognition of the Alamo Colleges employees and trustees collaborative efforts to design and implement strategies to successfully address the budget shortage that we faced last year, said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "I would like to congratulate all those who worked so hard to meet those challenges as well as those who collaborated on the presentation," he added.
The Community College Futures Assembly issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2011, and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. Ten finalists were selected in each category: Instructional Programs and Services, co-sponsored by the National Council of Instructional Administrators; Planning, Governance and Finance, co-sponsored by the Council for Resource Development; and Workforce Development, co-sponsored by the National Council for Continuing Education and Training. All finalists presented at the Assembly and one winner was then selected from each category by a panel of national experts within each category.
The Community College Futures Assembly, now in its 18th year, 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 Finalist colleges as trend-setting institutions.