About the League
cultivating innovation in the community college environment

who we are


The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate innovation in the community college environment.


The League serves as a catalyst for introducing and sustaining deep, transformational innovation within and across colleges and international borders to increase student success and institutional excellence.


Innovation          Service                 Quality                  Community        Sustainability         Celebration

Learning             Diversity               Stewardship         Globalism           Integrity

Strategic Initiatives

  1. Lead instructional innovation for the learning revolution and student success.
  2. Strengthen the ability of community colleges to thrive in innovative risk- and return-based economic models.
  3. Develop and support innovative and effective community college leaders prepared to take on the challenges of the future.

Founded in 1968 by B. Lamar Johnson and a dozen U.S. community and technical college presidents, the League has proudly served community college institutions for over 50 years. Through these years, the League has sponsored more than 200 conferences, institutes, seminars, and workshops; published over 200 reports, monographs, periodicals, and books; led more than 175 research and demonstration projects; and provided numerous other resources and services to the community college field.

CEOs from 18 of the most influential, resourceful, and dynamic community colleges and districts in the world comprise the League’s board of directors and provide strategic direction for its ongoing activities. These community colleges and their leaders are joined by hundreds of institutions that hold membership in the League Alliance.

With this core of powerful and innovative community colleges, the League continues to fulfill its mission through conferences and institutes; online resources; research; and projects and initiatives with member colleges, strategic partners, government agencies, and private foundations in support of student and institutional success.

League activities and initiatives center on essential topics for community colleges, including diversity, equity, and inclusion; information technology; leadership development; learning and student success; research and practice; and workforce development.


Each year, the League coordinates three major national events for higher education professionals.


The League leads projects with our member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies.


The League celebrates innovation and excellence at our member colleges with various awards.

Board of Directors

The League's 19-member Board of Directors provides strategic direction for the organization.

CEOs from the most influential, resourceful, and dynamic community colleges and districts in the world comprise the League’s Board of Directors. MORE>

League Representatives

League Representatives from Board colleges liaise with staff in implementing League projects and activities.

This 19-member group represents the League throughout the community and technical college field. MORE>


League partners connect with our international network of community colleges.

Become a major player in the community college market—worth over $150 billion annually—by partnering with the League. MORE> 


Why join the League?

  • Professional development and networking
  • Cutting-edge research and practices
  • iStream
  • League Excellence Awards
  • Innovation of the Year Awards
  • Terry O'Banion Student Technology Awards
  • Discounted event registration
  • Member pricing for League publications
  • Free job postings