CC Week - Point of View http://ccweek.com/articles.sec-46-1-point-of-view.html Sun, 30 Apr 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 NCCHC Is Filling Leadership Pipeline - As Hispanic Enrollment Grows, Focus Must Be on Developing Latino Leaders http://ccweek.com/article-5571-ncchc-is-filling-leadership-pipeline.html NCCHC Is Filling Leadership Pipeline - 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....]]>
Feeding the Roots of a Dying Tree: A Call for a Strategic Paradigm Shift http://ccweek.com/article-5556-feeding-the-roots-of-a-dying-tree-a-call-for-a-strategic-paradigm-shift.html Feeding the Roots of a Dying Tree: A Call for a Strategic Paradigm Shift
Since becoming a junior college student in the 1950s, my love and commitment, research and teaching agenda, have been in America’s community and technical colleges....]]>
Expanding Career Training for People in Distressed Communities: A Wisconsin Technical College Success Story - Partnerships with Industry Clarify Career Pathways http://ccweek.com/article-5538-expanding-career-training-for-people-in-distressed-communities-a-wisconsin-technical-college-success-story.html Expanding Career Training for People in Distressed Communities: A Wisconsin Technical College Success Story - 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....]]>
Leaders Used to Know More Than Their Followers - In Information Age, Collaboration and Inclusiveness Are Key http://ccweek.com/article-5520-leaders-used-to-know-more-than-their-followers.html Leaders Used to Know More Than Their Followers - 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....]]>
The End of High Schools As We Know Them? - Early College High Schools Promise To Reshuffle Alliances http://ccweek.com/article-5438-the-end-of-high-schools-as-we-know-them.html The End of High Schools As We Know Them? - Early College High Schools Promise To Reshuffle Alliances
With roughly 250 early college high schools currently active in 28 states, some educators have begun to wonder what the future holds for the traditional public high school....]]>
Some Rays of Light Amid the Darkness - Anti-Trump Protests Contain Hints of Needed Unity http://ccweek.com/article-5413-some-rays-of-light-amid-the-darkness.html Some Rays of Light Amid the Darkness - 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....]]>
State Disinvestment: Is It a No Win Situation? - To Survive and Thrive, Leaders Must Broaden and Deepen Connections http://ccweek.com/article-5392-state-disinvestment-is-it-a-no-win-situation.html State Disinvestment: Is It a No Win Situation? - 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....]]>
Leaders Who Hit the Ground Stumbling - Five Tips for Avoiding Common Missteps for New Presidents http://ccweek.com/article-5357-leaders-who-hit-the-ground-stumbling.html Leaders Who Hit the Ground Stumbling - 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....]]>
Overcoming Four Myths About Military-Connected Students - Colleges Must Take Initiative To Help Veterans Succeed on Campus http://ccweek.com/article-5358-overcoming-four-myths-about-military-connected-students.html Overcoming Four Myths About Military-Connected Students - 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....]]>
Point of View: Lessons in Resource Development - Robust Fund-Raising Is Critical to a College’s Health http://ccweek.com/article-5337-point-of-view-lessons-in-resource-development.html Point of View: Lessons in Resource Development - 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....]]>
In Defense of Gadflies - A Reply to the Problem of Campus Curmudgeons http://ccweek.com/article-5282-in-defense-of-gadflies.html In Defense of Gadflies - 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....]]>
Technology Isn’t Just the CIO’s Job - College Presidents Must Take Active Role in Leveraging Today’s Technology http://ccweek.com/article-5275-technology-isn%25E2%2580%2599t-just-the-cio%25E2%2580%2599s-job.html Technology Isn’t Just the CIO’s Job - 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....]]>
Helping Students Make a Good Living and Live a Good Life http://ccweek.com/article-5234-helping-students-make-a-good-living-and-live-a-good-life.html Helping Students Make a Good Living and Live a Good Life
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....]]>
Pathways to Success: One Student at a Time - Arkansas Initiative Shows Results in Aiding Needy Students http://ccweek.com/article-5235-pathways-to-success-one-student-at-a-time.html Pathways to Success: One Student at a Time - 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......]]>
Overcoming Odds - College-Produced Film Documents Students’ Academic Journeys http://ccweek.com/article-5216-overcoming-odds.html Overcoming Odds - 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....]]>
Systemic Change Needed To Support STEM Pathways - Opportunities Abound if Policy Addresses Demographic and Educational Change http://ccweek.com/article-5190-systemic-change-needed-to-support-stem-pathways.html Systemic Change Needed To Support STEM Pathways - Opportunities Abound if Policy Addresses Demographic and Educational Change
For the last three years, I have had the opportunity to work with a committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Engineering (NAE) that focused on the barriers students face as they pursue degrees and credentials in the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)....]]>
What Do We Really Want To Attain? - A New Approach to Setting Postsecondary Educational Attainment Goals http://ccweek.com/article-5149-what-do-we-really-want-to-attain.html What Do We Really Want To Attain? - A New Approach to Setting Postsecondary Educational Attainment Goals
Almost everyone in the United States understands that education beyond high school simultaneously promises individual students hope for a brighter economic future and contributes to the security and competitiveness of our nation....]]>
Keep Doors Open Amid Winds of Change - Community Colleges Deserve New Narrative and Improved Metrics http://ccweek.com/article-5128-keep-doors-open-amid-winds-of-change.html Keep Doors Open Amid Winds of Change - Community Colleges Deserve New Narrative and Improved Metrics
Regional accreditation began more than 100 years ago in American higher education, with its core mission of quality assurance enduring now and into the future. For those of us who worked in the growth years of community colleges, quality was always a focus in measuring success....]]>
Finding The Path To Student Success - It’s the Next Level of Community College Work http://ccweek.com/article-5145-finding-the-path-to-student-success.html Finding The Path To Student Success - It’s the Next Level of Community College Work
Eighty percent of entering community college students want to transfer in pursuit of baccalaureate degrees; yet across the nation, only 14 percent of students who enter a community college have transferred to a baccalaureate institution and earned a bachelor’s degree within six years....]]>
The Path to Promoting Diversity - Closing Achievement Gaps Can Boost Enrollment and Completion http://ccweek.com/article-5125-the-path-to-promoting-diversity.html The Path to Promoting Diversity - Closing Achievement Gaps Can Boost Enrollment and Completion
Fortunately for community colleges, the best strategies for closing student achievement gaps are the same strategies that can diversify student populations, increase enrollment, improve retention and completion rates and boost the financial viability of the college....]]>
Transforming the Community College Classroom - Educational Quality and Student Success Through Innovation in Teaching and Learning http://ccweek.com/article-5086-transforming-the-community-college-classroom.html Transforming the Community College Classroom - Educational Quality and Student Success Through Innovation in Teaching and Learning
By providing access to education and supporting industry through workforce elevation, community colleges tirelessly propel the American Dream....]]>
Free Tuition Is Not Enough - Three Ways to Improve Outcomes for Community College Students http://ccweek.com/article-5065-free-tuition-is-not-enough.html Free Tuition Is Not Enough - Three Ways to Improve Outcomes for Community College Students
The “free community college” movement is gaining steam at both the state and the federal level. Led by Tennessee, several states have already enrolled thousands of students in no-tuition community college programs, and President Barack Obama has pushed for free tuition throughout 2015....]]>
Academic Advising on Steroids - Advising Program Must Be In Place for Every Student at Every College http://ccweek.com/article-5059-academic-advising-on-steroids.html Academic Advising on Steroids - Advising Program Must Be In Place for Every Student at Every College
There is a growing assertiveness in the language used to address the challenges we are facing in community colleges, particularly the challenges we face in trying to meet the goals of the Completion Agenda: “mandatory” placement, “disruptive”......]]>
Community Colleges Deserve Larger Role in Teacher Education - Reduced Costs, Improve Supply Among Potential Benefits http://ccweek.com/article-5021-community-colleges-deserve-larger-role-in-teacher-education.html Community Colleges Deserve Larger Role in Teacher Education - Reduced Costs, Improve Supply Among Potential Benefits
Across the country we hear a call for a more diversified teacher workforce that is highly qualified and appropriately certified. Along with these minimum expectations we also aspire to train classroom teachers who bring real-world application to students, to impact learner growth and to prepare the next generation of great leaders....]]>
Staying the Course Toward The Transformation of Community Colleges - New Initiatives Extend to Higher Education Community http://ccweek.com/article-4953-staying-the-course-toward-the-transformation-of-community-colleges.html Staying the Course Toward The Transformation of Community Colleges - New Initiatives Extend to Higher Education Community
Over the last decade, community colleges have captured the attention of the nation. Arguably, they are best positioned to address a learning continuum that many considered flawed, if not broken, excluding or failing far too many students and leaving the nation at a competitive disadvantage....]]>
Federal Failures, Veterans’ Needs, and The Role of the Community College - The Mission for President Obama’s New Community College Model is Ripe for Community Colleges’ Executive-Level Leadership http://ccweek.com/article-4887-federal-failures-veterans%25E2%2580%2599-needs-and-the-role-of-the-community-college.html Federal Failures, Veterans’ Needs, and The Role of the Community College - The Mission for President Obama’s New Community College Model is Ripe for Community Colleges’ Executive-Level Leadership
In the past few years, the media have rightly criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs for failure to meet the needs of America’s veterans as they relate to educational needs and disabilities....]]>
New Adjunct Faculty Can Diversify the Professoriate - More Stringent Standards Present Opportunity for Colleges http://ccweek.com/article-4865-new-adjunct-faculty-can-diversify-the-professoriate.html New Adjunct Faculty Can Diversify the Professoriate - More Stringent Standards Present Opportunity for Colleges
Recently the Higher Learning Commission announced new, more stringent, faculty qualifications to teach in higher education. Community colleges are faced with the monumental task of reviewing their faculty ranks to comply with the new standards. Many faculty, both residential and adjunct, will no longer qualify to teach....]]>
The Completion Clock Is Ticking - Innovation and Heavy Lifting Must Continue as 2020 Deadline Nears http://ccweek.com/article-4794-the-completion-clock-is-ticking.html The Completion Clock Is Ticking - Innovation and Heavy Lifting Must Continue as 2020 Deadline Nears
Ten years. That was the time limit community college were given to produce 50 percent more students with degrees and certificates, while simultaneously increasing access and quality.

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What Kind of Tuition-Free College Education? - Structural Change Imperative before Investing Billions in Free College http://ccweek.com/article-4768-what-kind-of-tuition-free-college-education.html What Kind of Tuition-Free College Education? - Structural Change Imperative before Investing Billions in Free College
In January 2015, President Obama launched America’s College Promise, calling for a national tuition-free community college system that would cost $60 billion in federal funds and $20 billion in state funds over a 10-year period....]]>
Entrepreneurship: A Framework for Community College Leaders - As Resources Dwindle, College Leaders Look to Innovation http://ccweek.com/article-4762-entrepreneurship-a-framework-for-community-college-leaders.html Entrepreneurship: A Framework for Community College Leaders - As Resources Dwindle, College Leaders Look to Innovation
Today’s community college leaders face challenge and opportunity on many fronts. Numerous colleges face flat or declining enrollments; government support is waning; increasing numbers of students enroll with multiple remedial needs; the completion...


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