February 3 , 2000
CCBC Wins National Bellwether Award, Recognized as "Trend
setter" Among Community Colleges
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has received
this year's prestigious Bellwether Award. CCBC is among only three colleges
nationwide to receive the award, which was presented Feb. 1 by the Institute
of Higher Education, University of Florida during its 2000 Community College
Futures Assembly. The awards were established to recognize outstanding and innovative
programs that are successfully leading colleges in the 21st century. Bellwether
award winners demonstrate the results and impact of their programs for their
institutions, as well as for other colleges considering replicating their initiatives.
CCBC earned the 2000 Bellwether Award in the category of Planning,
Governance and Finance. The award recognizes CCBC as a "Trend setter"
and national model for its success in improving efficiency and effectiveness
in the community college through the implementation of its five-year strategic
"The Community College of Baltimore County has been recognized
as a college that is on the cutting-edge of the learning college revolution,"
said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, Chancellor, who accepted the award in Orlando,
Fla. "This award affirms the significant progress CCBC has made in achieving
our vision as the nation's premier, learning-centered, single college, multi-campus
Upon assuming chancellorship of CCBC in February 1998, Dr. McPhail
immediately established a vision for CCBC which places student learning at the
core of all planning and operations. That vision, as set forth in the strategic
plan, LearningFirst, and advanced by the Chancellor's Council on Innovation
and Student Learning, promotes learning opportunities "anyplace, anytime,
LearningFirst has shaped the College's transformation from a
tri-college system into a single college with campuses at Catonsville, Dundalk
and Essex, and extension centers in Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, White Marsh,
Towson and Eastern Boulevard. Annually, the college serves about 60,000 students
with its credit and non-credit course offerings, and more than 175 companies
with customized employee development training.
CCBC was competitively chosen among 30 Bellwether Finalist colleges
after a nomination process by the University of Florida Institute of Higher
Education. Ten finalists were selected in the categories of: Instructional Programs
and Services; Planning, Governance and Finance; and Workforce Development. The
other two award recipients were Delaware Technical & Community College,
Dover, Del., in the Instructional Programs and Services category and Central
Community College - Platte Campus, Columbus, Neb., in the Workforce Development
The Community College Futures Assembly convenes annually as an
independent national policy forum for key opinion leaders to work as a "think
tank" in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges
and to recognize Bellwether Finalist colleges as trendsetting institutions.
For more information, contact Mary De Luca, Senior Director,
Public Relations, CCBC, 800 S. Rolling Rd., Baltimore, Md. 21228, phone 410-898-1218.