Leadership Development

August 2018
According to Crisis and Opportunity (The Aspen Institute, 2013), a little over half of U.S. community college presidents will retire in the next 10-15 years. As a result of this alarming statistic, organizations like the Aspen Institute, Achieving the Dream, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and League for Innovation in the Community College have expressed the need for community colleges to develop pathways for current leaders interested in future leadership positions. The recommendations from these advocacy groups have encouraged community colleges to focus on ways to grow...
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;...
April 2017
It was supposed to be about developing the leaders of tomorrow. That was the intent when the San Diego Community College District laid the groundwork for a series of Leadership Academies serving faculty, staff, and administrators at California’s second-largest community college district in 2009. The academies, however, have been building more than leaders. The program also has helped hundreds of employees—ranging from groundskeepers to academic department heads—network with each other and build lasting working relationships in a sprawling district that includes three college campuses and San...
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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2016
In its most recent reports, Reclaiming the American Dream: Community Colleges and the Nation’s Future (2012) and Empowering Community Colleges To Build the Nation’s Future: An Implementation Guide (2014), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has laid out an ambitious agenda for improvement that requires strong college leadership and institutional transformation. The reports are a critical analysis of the colleges and a call on college leaders to be more accountable for student success outcomes. Leadership makes a difference. According to Byron McClenney, Leadership Coach for...