TCC Again Selected as Bellwether Award Finalist

February 11, 2020

For the third year in a row, the College was a finalist for a prestigious Bellwether Award. The Bellwether Awards recognize outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. The winners were announced Feb. 4 at the Community Colleges Futures Assembly annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Being selected is a special recognition for the College as more than 150 applications are submitted and just 30 finalists are selected. TCC was a finalist in the Planning, Governance and Finance category.

“To be included as one of the finalists affirms that the College is moving in the right direction, and that the work we undertake to improve student success is relevant and resonates with community colleges across the nation,” says Leigh B. Goodson, TCC president and CEO. “There are many colleges doing great work, and we are honored to be among them.”

Goodson, Lindsay White, TCC senior advisor to the president, Dr. Cindy Hess, TCC senior vice president and chief academic officer, and Paula Settoon, TCC dean of libraries and knowledge management, presented “Improving College Climate through Meaningful Shared Leadership and Governance,” which outlined the way the College reorganized an array of cross-functional work groups into a college-wide council and committee structure to ensure alignment with strategic priorities, contribute to principles of shared leadership, increase transparency, and improve communication.

“The processes, procedures, and structures developed through our committee reorganization process are critical to making our institution more effective and helping student succeed,” says White. “We believe sharing the details of our process as part of the Bellwether award presentation will benefit, not just our organization, but other community colleges and universities.”

The Community College Futures Assembly issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2019, 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 National Council of State Directors of Community Colleges; 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 26th year, convenes annually as an independent national consortium for award-winning colleges 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. For more information, consult the Community College Futures Assembly website, or email