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2017 November 29 - 07:55 am

Too Many Choices Can Paralyze Ambitious Students

Adopting the guided pathways model means accepting the challenges associated with transforming an institution into one that is student centered. This seems simple enough — and undoubtedly most community colleges describe themselves as student centered.
2017 August 13 - 12:32 am

Adaptive Learning Technology Harnesses Power of Instruction

Gallup studies have revealed declining confidence among business leaders in today’s college graduates. Subject mastery, critical reasoning, and math and language skills, many believe, are in short supply among those moving from college to employment. At the same time, community college graduation rates nationally have remained low.
2017 July 10 - 04:44 pm

How Faculty and Administrators Can Boost Job Satisfaction

and other publications have reported widely and often on faculty dissatisfaction with administrative leadership or, conversely, administrators’ frustration with faculty dissension, both of which have publicly surfaced at community colleges in Tennessee.
2017 April 24 - 03:26 pm

As Hispanic Enrollment Grows, Focus Must Be on Developing Latino Leaders

recent executive community college appointments are Maria Harper-Marinick chancellor, Maricopa Community College District; Lorraine Morales, president, Community Campus, Pima Community District; and Robert Vela, president, San Antonio College, Alamo Community College District.
2017 April 5 - 10:07 am

Partnerships with Industry Clarify Career Pathways

A key economic factor that led to the election of Donald Trump is the decadeslong decline of U.S. manufacturing jobs and the subsequent displacement of thousands of workers concentrated in Midwestern and Rust Belt states. A cursory look at the electoral map reveals entire communities that were devastated by the loss of production work.
2017 March 13 - 02:27 pm

In Information Age, Collaboration and Inclusiveness Are Key

I have been working in community colleges for 57 years and have met many presidents and chancellors during that time. As president and CEO of the League for innovation in the Community College for 23 years, I have known, up close and personal, over 100 of the nation’s most outstanding chancellors and presidents.
2016 November 24 - 06:14 am

Anti-Trump Protests Contain Hints of Needed Unity

Nov. 9 was a bleak morning. Rain pelted the streets and dark skies matched the sad ache of my broken heart. The night before, I felt the color rise and drain from faces of Brookdale Community College’s students and faculty at the Election Night party hosted by the Political Science Department.
2016 November 3 - 04:37 pm

To Survive and Thrive, Leaders Must Broaden and Deepen Connections

As major transitions in the community college world are transpiring, institutional leaders require broader and deeper connections to their communities, including building relationships with small businesses, corporations, chambers of commerce, philanthropic organizations, and the media.
2016 October 24 - 04:12 pm

Five Tips for Avoiding Common Missteps for New Presidents

I often speak of leaders who “hit the ground running,” meaning that some leaders are so experienced or so well matched to a position they can take on the new challenge with confidence and immediate success.
2016 October 24 - 04:12 pm

Colleges Must Take Initiative To Help Veterans Succeed on Campus

In 2008, the Post- 9/11 GI Bill expanded educational benefits for veterans, and college enrollment of veterans has since doubled. Most institutions now dedicate a significant amount of personnel and resources to enhancing the success of military-connected students.
2016 October 6 - 04:13 pm

Robust Fund-Raising Is Critical to a College’s Health

Finding ways to secure adequate funding to support both college operations and student needs has almost always been a challenge for community college leaders. Today’s calls for improvements in student outcomes have made resource development even more urgent.
2016 September 20 - 06:26 am

A Reply to the Problem of Campus Curmudgeons

I have been studying the education reform ideas of the 18th Century French philosopher, Condorcet, and their relation to the ideas of Plato, Cicero, Seneca, and Epictetus. It is invigorating to read well-considered writing about the value of education.
2016 August 18 - 10:29 am

College Presidents Must Take Active Role in Leveraging Today’s Technology

“Information technology (IT) is already a commodity, like electricity,” said Purdue University CIO Gerry McCartney at the annual Campus Technology event back in 2011. “It’s essential but not strategic. You’re penalized heavily if you’re not there, and there’s no benefit if you are there.
2016 July 27 - 04:39 pm

Arkansas Initiative Shows Results in Aiding Needy Students

But something remarkable is happening in Arkansas. A new study reports an astonishing 62 percent among a cohort of lowincome, under-prepared students, who qualified for public welfare assistance when enrolled in college in 2008, have since graduated...
2016 July 27 - 04:33 pm
Is there any educator, parent, legislator, pastor, entertainer, farmer, housekeeper or industrialist who will disagree with the statement “We want an education that will help our students make a good living and live a good life”? No one really disagrees with the common sense captured in this statement.
2016 July 20 - 04:27 pm

College-Produced Film Documents Students’ Academic Journeys

Her impromptu promise elicited a round of applause from the group of community college faculty members watching the film at the 38th Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence staged by NISOD, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and held in Austin, Texas.

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