The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Diverse: Issues In Higher Education (Diverse) have recognized College of the Mainland (COM) as one of the 2024 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges.

The annual award recognizes community and technical colleges committed to diversity through best-in-class student and staff recruitment and retention practices, inclusive learning and working environments, and meaningful community service and engagement opportunities. The national study employs a web-based survey approach to obtain information from NISOD member institutions. A multipart, weighted algorithm is used to classify the responding institutions.

“We are proud to honor these colleges for their sustained commitment to diversity,” said Edward J. Leach, NISOD Executive Director. “We are also pleased about the large number of applications this year. It shows that a growing number of colleges appreciate how critical diversity and inclusion initiatives are to their campuses and communities.”

The award-winning institutions were recognized during NISOD’s International Conference of Teaching and Leadership Excellence, May 25-28, in Austin, Texas.

To learn more about the Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges awards, visit For questions about the survey or NISOD’s 2024 conference, contact Edward J. Leach at or (512) 232-1430.


The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) empowers faculty, staff, and administrators at community and technical colleges to support the needs of diverse students in the face of ever-present resource constraints. High-quality, easy-to-access professional development resources connect staff and faculty with applicable knowledge to grow their careers and improve instruction. Meaningful recognition programs can augment the reputation of individual students, employees, and institutions. But perhaps most valuable are the connections NISOD helps build among community and technical colleges to share ideas, strengths, and solutions.

About Diverse

Since 1984, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education has been the nation’s premier publication covering the issues pertaining to underrepresented minorities in American higher education. Reaching more than 200,000 readers biweekly, Diverse has been recognized for its in-depth news coverage, provocative commentary, insightful special reports, and original research.