First-Ever Legacy Award Winner Announced

ACCT-Sponsored Legacy Award Winner Announced

 First-Ever Award from the Community College Futures Assembly Goes to Program Aimed at ‘Solving the Nation’s Math Problems’; 3 New Bellwether Awards Also Announced

 January 29, 2014—Washington—The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) congratulates the first-ever Community College Futures Assembly Legacy Award winner, Cleveland State Community College and Chattanooga State Community College’s joint program, Do the Math: Solving the Nation’s Math Problems.  The Do the Math program was selected in part because it is being increasingly adopted as a model at other community college campuses throughout the country.  The Legacy Award, sponsored by ACCT, was announced yesterday during the 20th Anniversary Community College Futures Assembly, held at the Lake Buena Vista Hilton in Florida.

            “ACCT is proud to have had the opportunity to sponsor this important award program,” said ACCT Chair LeRoy W. Mitchell, who served as a judge for the Legacy and Bellwether awards in the governance, planning, and finance category alongside ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown.  The coveted Bellwether Award recognizes outstanding, innovative programs or practices in community colleges.

The 2014 Bellwether Awardees, also recognized yesterday during the Community College Futures Assembly, include:

  • Instructional Programs and Services (IPS): Community College of Baltimore County, Md. - Who Says Pigs Can't Fly? A Grassroots Approach to Financial Literacy Education
  • Planning, Governance and Finance (PGF): Wake Technical Community College, N.C. - Applied Benchmarking - Exploring and Implementing Best Practices
  • Workforce Development (WD): Gateway Community and Technical College, Ky. - The CITI/Gateway Community and Technical College Partnership: How Employees Become College Graduates


“All winners and nominees of both awards demonstrate the kind of visionary leadership and innovative thinking that are the hallmark of today’s best institutes of higher education,” said Brown.

            Past Bellwether Award winners were invited to self-nominate for Legacy Award consideration based upon at least five years of demonstrated success of the previously recognized program.  In all, 30 programs submitted nominations, and the top ten finalist colleges presented at the Assembly on January 25. 

            Based upon the multitude of impressive nominations for the first-ever Legacy Award, the Community College Futures Assembly announced plans to continue the program, recognizing one exemplary Bellwether Award-winning program every five years.

            For more information about the Legacy and Bellwether Awards programs, visit 

About ACCT

Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.  ACCT's purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels.  For more information, visit Follow ACCT on Twitter at


About the Community College Futures Assembly

The Community College Futures Assembly has been held annually in Lake Buena Vista, Florida at the Hilton Hotel and serves as an independent policy summit, to identify the critical issues facing community college leaders. For 20 years, the Community College Futures Assembly has recognized and promoted cutting-edge, trendsetting programs that other colleges might find worthy of replicating.