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ECC partnership with D300 earns national award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (Jan. 29, 2013) —The 2013 Community College Futures Assembly has announced the winners of the 19th annual Bellwether Awards at its annual policy summit.

ECC was chosen over hundreds of other schools, declaring its college readiness initiative the top instructional program in the country.  ECC’s ALLIANCE FOR COLLEGE READINESS brings together more than 250 teachers and other educators from ECC and the public school districts in our area, including District 300.               

“(Among) more than 1,200 community colleges in the nation, this is one of the highest honors an institute can receive. The awards are similar to being selected by your peers, comparable to the Oscar ®” or Emmy® Award,” said Dale Campbell, professor and director of the Community College Futures Assembly and Institute of Higher Education. “Leaders of past winning programs have obtained ‘free agency’ status through the demonstrated results their programs have made. Leaders from the winning institution are often hired recruited by other colleges to replicate the award-winning program. They also receive thousands of phone calls and hundreds of visits to help others replicate the success of their program in other community colleges and institutions.”

The Instructional Programs and Services (IPS) category recognizes programs or services that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college.  ECC cited statistics showing “since 2006, the percent of direct-from-high school graduates at ECC needing remediation has decreased 8% overall, and 10% in mathematics because of faculty-centered school district partnerships (including D300).  This [project] replicated an Alliance for Readiness meeting by providing opportunities to interact with data, ask questions, and transcend educational boundaries.”

For more information on this national award-winning project, please contact Dr. Libby Roeger at ECC, who is the dean for the College Transitions & Developmental Education.  Dr. Roeger can be reached at 847.214.7463, eroeger@elgin.edu

The Community College Futures Assembly has been held annually and serves as an independent policy summit.  The purpose of the assembly is to identify the critical issues facing community college leaders, while showcasing leading edge programs with demonstrated results that are worthy of replicating in any community college. Annually between 100 and 500 applications are received from around the United States, Canada, and other countries. Peer-reviewed committees judge entries in each of the three categories to select ten finalists to present and showcase their projects. The Association of Community College Trustees oversees the judging process. In almost two decades, there have been thousands of applicants but only 55 winning projects honored programs with the Bellwether Award.

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