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League for Innovation in the Community College December 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 12
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In 2014, the League for Innovation in the Community College launched its Faculty Voices Project to engage the missing voices of community college faculty in the national conversation about student completion. This issue of Leadership Abstracts presents the Executive Summary and Recommendations from the project’s report to the field, Untapped Leaders: Faculty and the Challenge of Student Completion.
Anthony P. Carnevale and Nicole Smith November 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 11
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Go to school. Be financially responsible. Work hard. These are the tenets we teach our children about the responsible pursuit of the American Dream. Yet for some of the hardest-working students from low-income families, following these tenets has not led to the success they have been promised. These low-income working learners are going to school more and working more hours, yet struggling to make it. They have been failed by
Malcolm Grothe, Anna Baldwin, and Shouan Pan October 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 10
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Washington State is home to 34 community and technical colleges. The majority of these institutions are clustered in and around the Seattle metropolitan area, with the remainder strategically located in more rural and sparsely populated areas of the state. Within these 34 colleges, roughly 380,000 students are enrolled (headcount), with an FTE count of roughly 181,000.
John Kao September 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 9
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The future of education is up for grabs. It is changing on virtually every dimension that matters—the design of schools, the role of faculty, and above all, the learning experience. These changes are inevitable because a tsunami of new technologies is driving profound shifts in education fundamentals—the relationship between teachers and the taught, the location and timing of educational activities, and the very definition of what it means to learn.
Alicia Friday, Erica Landry, Latoya Lewis, and Jackie C. Thomas, Jr. August 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 8
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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.
Cheryl L. Hyman July 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 7
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“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.”
Jill Channing June 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 6
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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?
Keith Curry, Dawn Person, Tim Sechang, Ezeudo Egeonuigwe, and Andrew Jones May 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 5
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Success rates in higher education among men of color are still lower than that of other groups, but African American and Hispanic/Latino male enrollment has been increasing in community colleges (Valliani, 2015). Between 1990 and 2013, Black enrollment more than doubled from 1.1 to 2.5 million and Hispanic enrollment quadrupled from 0.7 to 2.9 million. This is far lower compared to White enrollment, which increased 9.3 to 9.9 million (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015).
Marnie Kaplan April 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 4
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Over the past decade, educators and policymakers have sought to increase the number of students pursuing and completing postsecondary credentials. There’s a good reason for this: In today’s economy, most jobs that pay enough to support a family will require some kind of postsecondary education or training.
Linda M. Thor March 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 3
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Throughout the history of community colleges, ideas first viewed as disruptive have grown organically as college after college embraces the new approach. The once controversial becomes commonplace. Aiding in the growth and acceptance of new frameworks are often organizations like the League for Innovation in the Community College and monographs such as this one. The community college baccalaureate, once viewed as heretical, is reaching critical mass.
Cynthia Wilson February 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 2
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Communication and inclusion are critical factors in the success of just about any collegewide initiative, and in more than 80 discussion groups held with community college faculty over the past four years, this message has been clear and strong. Again and again, faculty have called for more and better communication within and across departments and the entire college, and for meaningful opportunities for faculty—and other stakeholders—to participate in informing policies and making decisions about practices that affect student learning and success.
Terry U. O'Banion January 2018
Volume: 31 Issue: 1
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All kinds of trustees serve the nation’s community colleges. Some—such as the reformer, the maverick, the renegade, and the rogue—are more distinct than the others. They all have in common high visibility on the board and in the college. They are all high maintenance for the president and the chair of the board. They all have considerable impact on the college and the way the board operates. But beyond these key elements they have very little in common.
Richard R. Seiler December 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 12
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American community colleges are faced with a shrinking pool of administrators who are qualified to move into executive-level positions. In 2015, a compensation survey of community college CEOs indicated that about a third of CEO’s planned to retire within five years, and 80 percent within 10 years (Phillipe, 2016). Additionally, many senior administrators were also planning to leave their institutions (American Association of Community Colleges, 2013).
Constance M. Carroll November 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 11
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California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, with an unduplicated student headcount of 2,127,444 students in 2016-2017. During the same year, the twenty-three campuses of California State University (CSU) enrolled 474,571 students and University of California (UC) enrolled 210,170 students. Private universities and colleges accounted for another 210,407 enrollments.
Catherine C. Pellish and Jana Schwartz October 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 10
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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.

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