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Jill Channing June 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 6
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Community colleges serve millions of students every year, meeting the diverse needs of local communities, and are charged with ameliorating a plethora of social and economic challenges with yearly decreasing funding sources. The question is not whether generative leadership is needed, or is simply advantageous, for community colleges in the U.S. The issue is, rather, that a shift toward generative leadership practices is necessary in order for community colleges to survive and thrive in our country’s ever-evolving cultural, political, and economic climates.
Terry O'Banion May 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 5
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Leadership Development for League Colleges Founded in 1968 by B. Lamar Johnson, director of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of California at Los Angeles, the League for Innovation in the Community College (League) has always made leadership development a priority. In its early years, League programs served primarily its member colleges—12 charter colleges with many campuses that were among the most innovative colleges of their time.
Nicole Shechtman, Louise Yarnall, Regie Stites, and Britte Cheng April 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 4
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SRI Education, a division of SRI International, and The Joyce Foundation have released a report that discusses how evidence-based research provides guidance for promoting personal success skills for adults who are striving to build sustainable 21st century careers. 
Terry O'Banion March 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 3
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There is a robust literature on liberal education and on workforce education, and much of that literature focuses on explaining the purpose or defending the value of each position. Occasionally, one side will reference the value of the other side, but those references are seldom fully developed. As long as this debate has gone on, however, advocates and leaders who favor a combined approach have made their voices known, as illustrated in the following perspectives:
Larry Johnson, Jr. February 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 2
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The exploration of performance-based funding is a topic of debate that dates back to at least the 1960s. The early adoption of performance funding was established to center on graduation and job replacement; however, states have added additional outcomes, including “course completion, successful completion of developmental education, passage of key gateway courses such as a college mathematics or college English, and reaching certain thresholds such as 15 or 30 credits” (Dougherty & Reddy, 2013, p. 7).
Lori Sundberg January 2016
Volume: 29 Issue: 1
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A wave of community college presidents will be retiring in the next five years. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) stated in its Leadership 2020 report:
Terry O’Banion December 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 12
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According to the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) membership database, there have been a total of 703 presidential transitions in community colleges since July 1, 2011. That is more than one-half of all public community colleges in the nation. Transitions included interim appointments, new CEO appointments, and appointments of veteran presidents from another college.
Brent Mishler November 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 11
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Fundraising is being looked at now more than ever to help alleviate pressure from decreases in funding from traditional funding. Over the past five years, institutions have had to rely more on tuition increases for revenue and less on state appropriations and property taxes. Fundraising efforts have been increased to help defray those tuition increases. Budget decreases tend to have a snowball effect. When the economy is poor, state appropriations lessen. When the economy is in decline, property taxes lessen. Fundraising is looked at to make up the gap.
Shawnda Floyd October 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 10
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The following is an excerpt about a community college leader’s first year at a new institution. The article compares her experiences to the experiences students face when matriculating at institutions of higher education. The goal is to provide strategies for leaders to embrace new roles, responsibilities, and challenges, but also to provide insight to educational leaders when interacting with students. By employing these strategies, educational leaders will position themselves and students for greater success.
Kay McClenney September 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 9
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A decade of serious work on reform in community colleges has brought college presidents, faculty, and national leaders to some challenging insights and some equally challenging questions.
Anthony E. Beebe August 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 8
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Community colleges were founded on the principles of social justice. This foundation still permeates the mission and core values of community colleges across our country. Certainly one of the most unique and compelling social justice elements of community colleges has been the emphasis on open access to higher education.
Lam Wong July 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 7
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A complete education requires the learner to have a good grasp of both theory and practice. This is particularly true concerning the study of community college leadership. In recent times, community colleges are at a crossroads of maintaining open access and mindfully improving student success. Adding to this challenge, community colleges must raise their performance standards, such as student retention and degree completion, in the midst of reduced state funding appropriations (Lahr et al., 2014). Cohen and Brawer (2008) asked a relevant question and quoted a solution:
Glenn Cerny, Elizabeth LaForest June 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 6
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In the information age, where should a college spend its time and effort to provide maximum payoff for students, faculty, and staff? Resource constraints have run rampant over the past five years in the community college world. An analysis by Thomas G. Mortenson (2012) shows that state funding has been in a constant decline since the 1980s, and projections show that funding will bottom out completely around fiscal year 2059--even sooner for some states.
Marcia Conston May 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 5
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Colleges have often considered mentoring an important component of student success. As students interact with faculty and staff and become more engaged in college activities, they are more likely to be successful in their classes, return subsequent terms, and, ultimately, complete a credential. Research has shown that students feel a sense of real belonging when someone inside the college knows who they are and connects with them beyond the classroom experience. As a result, student engagement positively impacts student success.
Terry O'Banion April 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 4
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Curmudgeons seem to be a timeless phenomenon in society, a reality perhaps best, if paradoxically, demonstrated by their prevalence in fiction. From Ebenezer Scrooge and Grumpy the Dwarf to Archie Bunker and the eponymous characters created by Andy Rooney and Lewis Black, curmudgeons can be spiteful, annoying, mean spirited, funny, or even loveable. Curmudgeons are so ubiquitous there is an International Society of Curmudgeons at