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Jennifer Hegenauer September 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 9
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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.
Ken Parker II August 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 8
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The author contacted community college chief financial officers (CFOs) in an effort to tap into the experience of others and expand his own capabilities in budget management. One outcome of the subsequent conversations was exactly what the author sought: solid advice about budget management. A second outcome—and arguably more important—was a consistent theme of care for the welfare of students and employees and for the mission and vision of the college.
Jill Channing July 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 7
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Community colleges are not unlike most workplaces. We have what Terry O’Banion (2014) has referred to as “curmudgeons” who are described as “contrarians” or “thinking otherwise.” As a liberal arts dean, I recognize that my faculty members are trained to question and to analyze critically; this is simply a natural and instinctive tendency for them. Thus, in this discussion, I am not referring to people who disagree respectfully or who question the status quo as people who display high-conflict behavior patterns.
Brenda S. Sipe June 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 6
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Design thinking has become a popular strategy for innovation in the social sector and education since Tim Brown, in Change by Design (2009), claimed design thinking is more powerful than other strategies in creating opportunities from complex problems involving people and services. Others have echoed his thoughts and expanded the value proposition of design thinking for education and nonprofits, published in places like Harvard Business Review, Civitas Learning Space, and Fast Company & Inc.
George R. Boggs and Daniel J. Phelan May 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 5
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Community college educators deserve to be proud of the open door that we provide for students. We have accepted the assignment of serving the most diverse student body in American higher education, including those most at risk of not being successful, and we do it with fewer resources than any other segment of higher education. Our work is important to our students and their families as well as the communities we serve, and it is critical to the well-being of our country. We have a proud history, but we know what we are doing is not enough.
Stephanie R. Bulger April 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 4
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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.
Suzanne Ames March 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 3
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In Washington State, applied baccalaureate degrees (BAS) at community and technical colleges are commonplace. Out of 34 colleges, 27 colleges offer at least one. There are 81 degrees either fully operational or in some stage of approval process (J. Hammer, personal communication, January 26, 2017). One-third of the United States offers BAS degrees at community colleges, but Washington was one of the first, gaining state approval for four pilot programs in 2005 (Kaikkonen, 2013; Floyd, Skolnik, & Walker, 2005).
John Kao February 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 2
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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 (Kelly, 2016).
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Nick Strobel and Sonya Christian January 2017
Volume: 30 Issue: 1
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In their 2015 book, Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, Bailey, Jaggars, and Jenkins introduced the idea of guided pathways in such a clear way that colleges across the nation are willingly taking the time and energy to rethink how they operate from a systemic level. This examination is not just a tinkering around the edges or tweaking a program here and there, but a major redesign of our systems that starts with the end goal of student completion and continues by creating the systems to achieve that end goal.
Brendan Perry December 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 12
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Every year, community college leaders around the country develop new and innovative programs to help their students overcome the challenges of entering, persisting in, and completing college. While program ideas are abundant, evidence about what works is thin. The Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities* (LEO) aims to address this disparity between program ideas and program evidence by conducting high-quality research with the most innovative thinkers and practitioners in the community college network.
Debbra Esparza, Alicia Friday, Melissa Hinshaw, Ericka Landry, Anne Money, and Jackie Thomas November 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 11
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Over the past three years, the Lone Star College (LSC) Organizational Development department moved from a professional development focus to a broader focus on organizational development (OD). At LSC, OD is viewed as the driver of culture across the entire organization and professional development/training is utilized as a vehicle to support its efforts.
Neville Y. Forlemu, Leonard E. Anagho, and David P. Pursell October 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 10
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Pre-nursing students typically take two semesters of General, Organic, and Biological (GOB) chemistry as part of their science curriculum. According to Boddey and de Berg (2015), many students in two-year and four-year college programs report that the General portion of GOB, typically their first college science course, is often one of their most challenging courses. Jones (1976) suggests that a student-centered approach to chemistry involving analysis is a relevant skill for chemistry nursing students.
Jennifer Wimbish and Anna Mays September 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 9
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Community colleges in the 21st century are challenged with leadership not only for the purpose of ensuring affordability and access to higher education, but also to improve student completion and graduation results.
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Veronica Diaz August 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 8
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Much has been written about the transformation taking place in higher education and the need for models to support an educational experience that, in contrast to traditional models, is more accessible—because of newer delivery modes (e.g., online and blended programs) and different admission policies—while also being more affordable. Another desirable characteristic of new models is their ability to support student learning through diverse, robust support structures that may include coaches, tutors, and advisors along with the effective use of technology.
Jill Channing July 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 7
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Change: We are told that it is the only constant to life and that we should get used to it. However, this is easier said than done. Lisa Laskow Lahey and Robert Kegan (2009) use a striking example at the beginning of their book, Immunity to Change. They share a recent study’s results about doctors communicating to their patients that they will die imminently if they do not change their lifestyles in terms of quitting smoking, improving their diets, and engaging in exercise.

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