CCBC wins national Equity Award
Nov 14, 2022 | by Hope H. Davis | 443.840.5053 (office) | 410.971.5560 (cell)Community College of Baltimore County is proud to announce it is the national winner of the 2022 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Charles Kennedy Equity Award. The award was announced during the Oct. 28 ACCT Leadership Conference Awards program in New York City, NY.
The Charles Kennedy Equity Award recognizes exemplary commitment by an ACCT member institution’s governing board or governing board and president to achieve equity in the college’s education programs and services and in the administration and delivery of those programs and services. The award honors the late Charles Kennedy, a founder of the ACCT Minority Affairs Assembly which became the ACCT Diversity Committee.
“CCBC is proud to accept this award, but in a way, we accepted it on behalf of all of us who labor in the 1,000 community colleges across the country,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “We may serve different populations in different geographical regions, but when you live your mission, as we do, and you love your mission, as we do, the magic of our open door extends opportunity to so, so many who would otherwise be denied.”
To bolster CCBC’s DEI initiatives, President Kurtinitis established the President’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council, a volunteer council representing all areas of the college, including students, who discuss, review and make recommendations for strengthening college policies, systems and actions as relating to its equity agenda. The council has conducted a DEI survey of both employees and students, reviewed and discussed survey results to identify successes and challenges, created a college resource calendar of cultural celebrations and developed workgroups to draft recommendations for academic and institutional improvements. Also along the DEI continuum, significant dollars were committed to the CCBC Male Student Success Initiative, a program geared toward lessening the achievement gap for male students of color. Additionally, 80% of enrolled students were provided scholarships for full or partial tuition within the last couple of years to increase access and opportunity.
“No other sector of higher education can do what we do,” expressed President Kurtinitis. “We at CCBC are grateful to have our work publicly acknowledged at a national convention. However, we are proud to be a part of this broad fellowship of all of community colleges dedicated to this work and all of those we represent.”
About the Community College of Baltimore County (www.ccbcmd.edu)
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 2022 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.