Abadie tapped as Bellwether judge

By Diana Fedinec

Congratulations to Special Assistant to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs Sindy Abadie on her selection to serve as a 2022 Bellwether Awards judge! 

Abadie will judge the Instructional Programs and Services category. “It is exciting and an honor to represent Southwest as part of the judge’s team to see what other schools are submitting and to confirm the amazing work already taking place on our campus,” Abadie said. Southwest won the prestigious Bellwether Award for Planning, Governance and Finance category in December 2020. 

The nationally recognized Bellwether Award focuses on cutting-edge, trendsetting programs worthy of replication. Annually, 30 community colleges are deemed finalists from a large group of applicants in the United States and its territories. The selected colleges compete for one of three Bellwether Awards. A rigorous selection process with two rounds of judging by peers and academicians in the field culminates with a day-long event of presentations by contenders for the Bellwether Award at the Community College Futures Assembly. The competition and selection bring a level of excellence that demonstrates the innovative spirit and results-driven mindset that exists among our finest community colleges. 

The Bellwether College Consortium is comprised of award-winning colleges charged with addressing critical issues facing community colleges through applicable research and the promotion and replication of best practices that address workforce development, instructional programs and services, and planning governance and finance. BCC is sponsored by the Alamo Colleges District in San Antonio, Texas, and will celebrate its 28th Bellwether Award competition in January of 2022.  

In other news...
Abadie hit the road to San Diego, California, where she presented at the Association of Community College Trustees conference Oct. 13-16.  She served as a featured panelist for the session, “This is What Innovation Looks Like:  The 2021 Bellwether Award Winner.”  She presented on Southwest’s award-winning Redesign, Reinvent, and Reset the Student Experience work that resulted in transformational growth in student success since the College joined Achieving the Dream in 2016.  

Way to go, Sindy!

Abadie tapped as Bellwether judge
Special Assistant to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs Sindy Abadie (far left) at the 2021 Association of Community College Trustees Conference with fellow attendees.