Leadership Development

May 2019
First lines of articles are supposed to be inducements to keep reading, but at the risk of losing you right away, here’s an up-front admission: You’ve probably heard or read all this before. It’s an old trick for grabbing the reader’s attention, but it’s also true. In presentations to and conversations with community college leaders, “I’ve heard all this before” has been a frequent response to findings from the League’s Faculty Voices Project. Of course, the risky side of making a statement like, “I’ve heard all this before” is that the reply may be, “So, what have you done about it?” And the...
April 2019
Entrepreneurial ecosystems that innovate and thrive can only excel when we as community college leaders leverage assets in new and creative ways and structure strong support systems to help such ideas flourish. Wearing the entrepreneurial hat enables you to be imaginative, original, innovative, and even a little outlandish – all in the noble pursuit of finding better and more efficient ways to craft new solutions. And, these are not just solutions you need today, but a year, three years, or a decade in the future.   As the former president of GateWay Community College, founding president of...
May 2018
The academic success outcomes of men of color remain deficient in community colleges compared to other student groups (Valliani, 2015). While many men begin their educational journey at community colleges, most African American and Latino men do not reach degree completion (Center for Community College Student Engagement, 2014). Men of color often report that they feel unwelcome in college environments because of negative stereotypes associated with their physical appearance and challenged by academic unpreparedness and financial stress (Gardenhire-Cooks, Collado, Martin, & Castro, 2010;...
May 2016
Arapahoe Community College (ACC), in conjunction with WorldDenver, hosted an 18-person panel of ambassadors from the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. This endeavor was sponsored by the ACC Foundation. The ambassadors were on campus to examine the community college business model, and, in particular, ACC’s role in facilitating business and industry partnerships through the College's Business Department (initiative to provide website/social media assistance to Denver-based Mi Casa clients) and Automotive Service Technology Program (on-...
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Reimagining the traditional face-to-face, lecture-based instructional model is at the heart of academic transformation in higher education, and faculty development is central to this change. Getting faculty to want to modify how they teach will enable grassroots experimentations to gain traction and inspire systemic change. Yet this process first requires faculty developers to recognize and support the affective dimension of teaching and learning and, in turn, experiment with more human-centered approaches. Expect it to be messy. Recognizing Faculty Culture Creativity and risk-taking in the...
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