Elgin Community College has been named a finalist for the second
year in a row for the Bellwether Award by The Community College
Futures Assembly. The award is compared to college football's
Heisman Award because it is judged competitively and is an award
given by a college's peers at other institutions. Winners will be
announced on Jan. 28 at the CCFA annual meeting in Orlando,
ECC was nominated in the Planning, Governance, and Finance
category for its Financial Education: Investing in Student Success.
Over the past two years, the college has received local and
national recognition for its mandatory loan counseling program,
which has been instrumental in lowering student debt.
Established in 1995, The Bellwether Award focuses on
cutting-edge, trendsetting programs that other colleges might find
worthy of replicating. This year's field featured more than 400
applicants, and 10 finalists were selected in each award 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.
In January 2013, ECC received the Bellwether Award for its
Alliance for College Readiness initiative.