Leadership and Organization

July 2018
“I Need You to Fix It” One winter day in 2009, I was contacted by an influential African American businessman, without whose support little happens in Chicago. “You’re going to get a phone call soon,” he told me, “and you should just say yes.” A few weeks later, the phone rang on my desk at Commonwealth Edison, the Chicago-based Fortune 500 company where I served as vice president for operations strategy and business intelligence. A woman’s voice announced, “The mayor wants to meet with you.” Having once been a lobbyist for ComEd, it wasn’t uncommon for me to speak with mayors—suburban mayors...
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June 2018
How does failure help anything? After all, isn’t failure always bad? Examples of how individuals or organizations fall short? Most—perhaps all—successful people and organizations have failed, and sometimes even failed frequently and monumentally. The Beatles’ first album was rejected. A dozen publishers passed on J.K. Rowling's manuscript for Harry Potter. Penicillin and the smallpox vaccine were discovered from failed experiments. So, what turns a failure into an innovation? Intelligent failure involves telling stories about failing forward, using trial-and-error approaches, being willing to...
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
At Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), we recognize the completion agenda as a transformational call to action. Recent seminal works from the American Association of Community Colleges and others leave no doubt that “taking on bold ideas and dramatic change is the only way to meet college completion goals” (American Association of Community Colleges, 2014, p. 3). Further, as a member of Achieving the Dream, we know that dramatic change cannot happen without “designing all interventions with equity and scale in mind” (Achieving the Dream, 2017, para. 1). This article explores the use of...
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....
April 2015
Television, radio, newspapers, and social media; community college marketers use many channels to communicate these days. But perhaps they should be considering a more grassroots approach: the humble church newsletter. Volunteer State Community College (Vol State) administrators learned this lesson thanks to a group of dedicated learners. The older residents and their unique communication approach helped to make the Keep Educating Yourself (KEY) Lifelong Learning continuing education program at Vol State a resounding success in its inaugural session. It began when Shirley Arrendale of Sumner...
December 2014
Wake Technical Community College (Wake Tech) is the largest of the 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, enrolling more than 70,000 students a year. It is a two-year, public institution with an open door admissions policy, serving the 1,000,000+ residents of Wake County with five campuses, two training centers, and multiple community sites, and online. It is also one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the United States. Wake Tech's mission is to improve and enrich lives by meeting the lifelong education, training, and workforce development needs of...
July 2014
Community colleges serve a huge variety of students--traditional and nontraditional, daytime and evening, part-time and full-time, as well as career- and academic transfer-oriented. To meet the wide-ranging needs of their student population, they offer a complex variety of programs and courses. This vast range of choices can be confusing for students, and can result in students making unexamined decisions that may waste their time and money or divert them from a promising academic or career path. Community colleges want to better help students navigate the wide range of choices they face, yet...
June 2014
Congratulations to the faculty, staff, and administrators who are this year's recipients of the League's Innovation of the Year Award! The League initiated the award over thirty years ago to recognize local community college projects and initiatives that reflect extraordinary achievement and the spirit of innovation and experimentation on which the League was founded. The competition provides an opportunity for member colleges to showcase their innovative programs, practices, policies, partnerships, and resources; to celebrate the dedicated educators who are responsible for such exceptional...
June 2014
This year's Kid's Vision for Life See to Succeed event at San Jacinto College impacted approximately 1,133 school children from the Pasadena Independent School District (PISD). Out of those who visited the college for free eye examinations, 96 percent were issued eye glasses, and 154 received medical referrals for further eye care treatment. This is See to Succeed's third year in delivering free eye glasses to PISD children in need. "The beauty of this partnership is that our students are able to receive the tools they need to become successful," said Renea Ivy, associate superintendent of...

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