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College Name​d a Finalist for 2 Bellwether Awards


College of the Desert ​has been named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious 2018 Bellwether Award in two different categories.

The annual Bellwether Awards are part of the Community College Futures Assembly, established in 1995 and sp​onsored by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida. The awards – given in three categories – focus on innovative programs that other colleges might consider replicating.

College of the De​sert was the only college nominated in two categories.

  • Instructional Programs & Services category: The college’s submission was “Breaking Down the Basic Skills Barri​er: Creating Pathways through the Basic Skills Sequence to Support Student Success, Equity, and Completion.” The entry focused on EDGE (Engage, Develop, Grow, Empower), the college’s 3-week summer bridge program that offers a fast-paced review of basic skills in mathematics and English, incorporating student success strategies and exercises to ensure a smooth transition into college life.
  • Planning, Governance & Finance category: The school submitted “Moving Towards Excellence and Student Success: Using simple, data-driven technology tools to enhance shared governance within a culture of inquiry and a transparent integrated planning and resource allocation model.”

“We are ext​remely proud of this recognition of the efforts of everyone at College of the Desert,” said Superintendent/President Joel L. Kinnamon, Ed.D. “We have a really great story to tell and can’t wait to share it with the Assembly in January.” 

As a 2018 Bellwether Finalist Winner, College of the Desert will present at the Community College Futures Assembly in January 2018 at the Hilton Walt Disney World in Florida. The award winners will be announced at the event.