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Bernie Ronan March 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 3
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A look back at their origins confirms that community colleges were born for democracy, a destiny to be fulfilled through General Education (GenEd).
Jane LeClair February 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 2
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In the society that we currently live and work in, we are frequently connected to the technology of computers and the Internet. We utilize the convenience of technology and the Internet for much of our daily living, including shopping, communicating, education, Web surfing, social media, business, financial transactions, and a host of other activities that we are hardly aware of. Many of us think nothing about purchasing with the swipe of a card or sharing our lives on social media.
Robert H. McCabe January 2015
Volume: 28 Issue: 1
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As a tribute to Bob McCabe, the League republishes his February 2001 Leadership Abstracts article, Developmental Education: A Policy Primer.
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Rebecca Griffiths December 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 12
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Social network analysis has been used to predict and influence the spread of behaviors from smoking to weight loss to adoption of new technologies. Researchers have found that personal relationships have a huge impact on how we act, and that people play different roles in social networks: brokers transmit information across groups; sensors control which information permeates a group; and key influencers drive opinions and set agendas.
Anne M. Kress November 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 11
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In the past few years, as the difficulties facing the economy deepened, community colleges have been at the center of the national and regional dialogue about moving displaced workers back into the workforce. Even more recently, as the number of recent college graduates unable to find employment increased and the skills gap between those seeking employment and those seeking employees seems to be widening, community colleges have become the gateway to meaningful jobs and high tech careers.
James Kelly October 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 10
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A recent Leadership Abstracts article discussed the relationship between community college presidents and their trustees in our new era of accountability (Kelly, 2014). There is, however, another issue that also requires the attention of trustees if they are to govern their institutions successfully into the future: the need to have a sufficient pool of suitable candidates from which to recruit their colleges' presidents.
Allen Goben September 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 9
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Peter Drucker said, "The best way to predict the future is to create it." Amidst unprecedented societal change, early 21st century educators have an equally unparalleled opportunity to create a future honoring past success while expanding future capabilities. For faculty and administrators, this means that together we must implement the current success agenda to further our time-honored mission of access and excellence. Emerging opportunities include competency-based education (CBE).
Michael Rivera August 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 8
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Thousands of books have been written on the topic of leadership. To wade through the volumes of information, research, and insights on the topic would be a monumental task, and to separate the quality theory from the rest would be equally daunting. In addition, the ever changing landscape of the 21st century requires that we constantly evaluate and adapt our thinking about what constitutes strong leadership.
Steve Nunez July 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 7
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As community college budgets become tighter and accountability becomes more paramount, community college leaders are faced with some of the toughest challenges ever. At the same time, many of the most experienced leaders in higher education are planning to retire soon, leaving a leadership and experience void in colleges throughout the nation. In fact, some predict that up to 75 percent of community college presidents will retire within the next decade.
Bettie Tully June 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 6
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El Centro College was one of the first community colleges to establish the office of Ombudsman as a dispute resolution and problem solving service for students. The position of College Ombudsman was established by Dr. Wright Lassiter, who became President of El Centro College at a time when student issues were numerous and volatile.The Ombudsman position was crafted and defined in collaboration with Dr. Bettie Tully, an experienced and well-respected Counseling Faculty member, who also agreed to be the first person to serve as the College Ombudsman.
Jabari Simama May 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 5
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There has been a century-old debate around what models best address the educational needs of the African American community. It began with the establishment of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) prior to and in the 1860s and 1890s. It reignited in 1895 after Booker T. Washington suggested that Blacks should "cast down their buckets" in a sea of vocational and industrial education in his address before the Atlanta Exposition in Piedmont Park.
James Kelly April 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 4
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There is little doubt that community colleges are in an era facing increased accountability and improved outcomes. Discussions of various forms of accountability are ubiquitous in today's environment (e.g., AACC's Voluntary Framework of Accountability). Regulators, legislators, professional organizations, and others are struggling to develop appropriate measures, define success, and implement effective practices to improve outcomes. Moreover, these conversations are occurring despite the lack of a consensus on what defines success.
Becky Gallup March 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 3
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In four years, Valencia College in Orlando has taken one leadership academy and developed it into a multi-tiered, robust program designed to develop and strengthen leadership skills at all stages of an employee's career. Each program in the series, branded as PIVOT, aligns with Valencia's supervisor and employee competencies for the purpose of developing internal talent and leadership potential at all levels.
George Boggs, Mary Ellen Duncan February 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 2
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Community college leaders today face significant challenges as they work to transform their institutions to improve outcomes, often in the face of diminishing resources. While we are moved by the successes of those students who overcome obstacles to complete their programs, and we celebrate the achievements of the students who transfer, graduate, and are employed in jobs with decent incomes, too many students don't make it. Minority males deserve special attention, as their access and success rates in higher education represent a national tragedy.
Jay Parrent January 2014
Volume: 27 Issue: 1
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A trained and qualified workforce is an essential resource for economic development. Communities have recognized the need for citizens with college degrees to both entice new industry and to provide current industries the workforce necessary to maintain or increase current levels of production. Efforts to increase the educational attainment of communities have involved various public and private partnerships engaged in awareness campaigns and other activities to spur completion.

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