November 30, 2021

San Diego Mesa College Named as Finalist in Two Categories for the Prestigious 2022 Bellwether Awards

By Office of Communications


San Diego, CA —The Bellwether College Consortium has announced San Diego Mesa College on its list of 30 community colleges selected as 2022 finalists for the highly coveted Bellwether Awards in the first round of competition. Mesa College’s submission titled, “The Journey to Completion” was judged a Top 10 Bellwether Finalist in the category of Instructional Programs & Services.  Additionally, Mesa2030, Mesa’s Strategic and Educational Plan, was judged as a finalist in the Planning, Governance, and Finance category as a program that improves efficiency and effectiveness in the community college.


We are excited to accept these nominations,” stated Dr. Pamela Luster, President of San Diego Mesa College. “We believe this work is important and has national implications to advance student success across institutions.” 

The Bellwether Awards are widely regarded as one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious recognition for community colleges. Bellwether finalists represent leading community colleges whose outstanding and innovative programs and practices were selected among competitive submissions as exemplary. The finalists will undergo a rigorous second and final round of review at the 28th Annual Community College Futures Assembly at the end of January 2022. All finalists will be presented at the Assembly and one winner will then be selected from each category by a panel of national experts.


“The Bellwether College Consortium prides itself on identifying and celebrating replicable, scalable and results-bellwether logobased programs and models and disseminating these highly lauded examples of institutional success to peer institutions,” said Dr. Rose Martinez, director of the Bellwether College Consortium. The consortium honors community colleges with awards in three categories.


The assembly, now in its 28th year, convenes annually as an independent national consortium for key higher education leaders to work as a “think tank” in identifying critical issues facing the future of community colleges, and to recognize Bellwether winners and finalists as trend-setting institutions.  The Bellwether College Consortium is a group of colleges charged with addressing the critical issues facing community colleges through applicable research and the promotion and replication of best practices addressing workforce development, instructional programs and services, and planning, governance, and finance.  The Bellwether Award is proudly sponsored by the Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, Texas.  For more information, consult the Community College Futures Assembly website,


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