Leadership and Organization

October 2017
The heart of the community college mission is educational access. We have opened our doors to millions of students, offering them entry into higher education and supporting them in achieving their goals. However, for too many of our students the community college experience takes too long, costs too much, and does not result in a completed degree. Three years ago, Front Range Community College (FRCC) began a comprehensive process to improve student success rates. In order to significantly improve completion, we needed to be committed to an overhaul of the entire student experience....
October 2017
The League for Innovation prides itself on recognizing innovation and excellence in the community college. Colleges and institutions across the U.S. and abroad demonstrate their dedication to students and communities, and the following awards attest to the League’s support for the daily efforts of faculty, staff, administrators, and students. League Awards 2018 Riegelman Awards for Excellence in Public Health & Health Navigation Education in Community Colleges: Open through October 31, 2017 2017 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards: Open through December 15, 2017 2017 Terry O’...
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September 2017
In response to the increasing emphasis on assessment and continuous improvement by accrediting agencies, institutions must find a way beyond any uncertainties about assessment and create strategies to gather, analyze, and interpret data on student learning (Coates, 2015; Farahsa & Tabrizi Jafar, 2015; Munoz, Jaime, McGriff, & Molina, 2012). As college leaders work to encourage strong assessment programs, it is important to understand what external and internal factors may influence a successful launch. For this article, three administrators from Midwest community colleges were...
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May 2017
In 2012, the League established the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards to celebrate outstanding contributions and leadership by community college faculty and staff. These awards are open to League Board and Alliance member institutions, and each year’s recipients are recognized in a series of activities and promotions, and honored at special events at the League's Innovations Conference each spring. The 2016 Excellence Award recipients were recognized at the Innovations Conference in San Francisco, CA, March 12-15, 2017. Special events included an exclusive Excellence Awards...
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September 2016
Snead State Community College launched the College Completion Agenda in 2010 to encourage student success with the ultimate goal of earning an associate degree. The initiative became the one thing at the college that drives everything faculty and staff do to encourage student success. Snead State was the first two-year college in Alabama to sign on to the College Completion Agenda, which developed out of a Call to Action signed by six key educational organizations: Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, American Association of Community College, Association of Community College Trustees,...
January 2016
Snead State Community College began its Presidential Scholars program in 2009 as a leadership development opportunity for incoming students who demonstrated academic excellence. Including the 2015-2016 group, 62 students have received the distinction of Presidential Scholars, and the graduation rate among those completing courses at SSCC is 97 percent. Presidential Scholars represent Snead State at a variety of events, including donor recognition and alumni functions. The students participate in two signature activities each year—completion of the BOLD team building ropes course at Berry...
October 2015
A check of vital signs is the first step in any physical examination. A nurse measures and records current blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature: for example, 110 over 79, 77 beats per minute, 13 breaths per minute, and 97.8 degrees. These four metrics are the initial indicators of the patient's well-being; however, on their own they are ambiguous. To evaluate whether these metrics indicate health or cause for concern, medical practitioners must also be familiar with a set of benchmarks based on normal human physiology: 120 over 80, 50 to 80 beats per minute, 16 to 20...
August 2015
As community colleges prepare for classes to begin in coming weeks, the League congratulates the 2014-2015 Innovation of the Year award recipients, and invites participation in the 2015-2016 Innovation of the Year awards program. Launched more than three decades ago to recognize significant innovations at member colleges, the awards are designed to recognize faculty, staff, and administrators at member colleges who have created and implemented innovative programs, practices, partnerships, policies, and activities that improve the institution's ability to serve students and the community....

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