CCBC named a 2022 Bellwether Award finalist

Dec 03, 2021 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)

Community College of Baltimore County is among 30 community colleges from across the country to be named a 2022 Bellwether Award finalist. Winners will be announced at the 28th Annual Community College Futures Assembly scheduled to begin Jan. 30, 2022.

The announcement of the finalists marks the Bellwether College Consortium’s first round of competition for this coveted award. Bellwether finalists represent leading community colleges whose outstanding and innovative programs and practices were selected among competitive submissions as exemplary.

The consortium honors community colleges with awards in three categories: Instructional Programs and Services, Planning, Governance and Finance and Workforce Development. The finalists will undergo a rigorous second and final round of review during the Community College Futures Assembly which will result in one winner in each of the categories.

“The Bellwether College Consortium prides itself on identifying and celebrating replicable, scalable and results-based programs and models and disseminating these highly lauded examples of institutional success to peer institutions,” said Dr. Rose Martinez, director of the Bellwether College Consortium.

Named a finalist within the Instructional Programs and Services category, CCBC infused popular General Education courses with highly effective practices shown to increase retention, engagement and overall student success. These practices included collaborative assignments and projects, service learning opportunities, global/diversity learning and more.

The Bellwether Awards are widely regarded as one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious recognition for community colleges. Each finalist will provide a 60-minute presentation on its program or model to an anonymous panel, recognized as skilled practitioners and thought leaders in the field.

”It is an honor to be included once again in this elite group of community colleges selected as Bellwether finalists,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “CCBC has received the Bellwether Award twice before and is proud to be competitive once again. We work hard to develop delivery models designed to improve the success of our students. While we make this effort without expectation of recognition or thanks, it is always gratifying to have that work recognized by our colleagues.”


About the Community College of Baltimore County (
Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction and transportation. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2021 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

CCBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267.284.5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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