2015-16 Exemplary Program Awards
The Exemplary Program Award, sponsored annually by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, was established by the Board of Governors in 1991 to recognize outstanding community college programs. Each year, as many as two California Community College programs receive cash awards of $4,000 and up to four programs receive honorable mention plaques. The awards are sponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and provide an excellent opportunity to showcase exceptional programs. Recognizing the importance of contextualized learning to enhance student achievement, the theme for 2015 – 16 is “Contextualized Teaching and Learning.” Programs that provide innovative strategies for improving student learning through the use of contextualized pedagogy and embedded basic skills delivery relevant to the program of study were just some of the possible emphases of eligible programs.
Exemplary Program Award recipients are selected from community colleges throughout the state, with no more than two from any one Academic Senate area. Each college may nominate one program to receive this prestigious honor. Local academic senates were encouraged to form selection committees with representatives from students, staff, administration, and faculty. At the state level, a committee that included representatives of the state administrator groups, students, and faculty evaluated the nominated programs.
This year, the Academic Senate has selected two Exemplary Program Award winners and three honorable mentions. These colleges have developed programs that utilize contextualized teaching and learning strategies to further student success.
2015-16 Exemplary Program Award Winners and Honorable Mentions