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Sonya Christian September 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 9
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Lane Community College (Lane) is moving its student success agenda forward while maintaining its commitment to learning and to quality. To accomplish this ambitious aim, the college has developed a hybrid institutional body, the Student Success Leadership Team, or SSLT. Extending the learning college paradigm to its own organizational structure, Lane's SSLT operates like an air traffic control center, tracking the development of related initiatives, grants, and projects whose purpose is to move the dial on student achievement.
Colleen Eisenbeiser August 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 8
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Parents today are accustomed to participating in their students' academic lives because they were encouraged to do so through the K-12 experience, which was influenced by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Many traditional college students are comfortable with the involved parenting style and welcome their parents? support. Many college faculty and staff, though, express concern at the increased level of parental involvement. They consider components of the postsecondary experience to be autonomy and independence from parents.
Paige Francis July 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 7
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Selling technology change in higher education can be a challenge, but excitement and ownership can easily replace fear and panic if the change is handled carefully from the start. At NorthWest Arkansas Community College, cross-campus collaboration and communication proved vital when migrating to a new online portal for students, faculty, and staff.
D. Brent Barnard June 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 6
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During peak registration, long lines form as students vie for the attention of overworked staff members. Frustration builds as they jockey for the help of seasoned advisors and other student-service representatives. The dilemma for administrators is the need to hire and retain masses of knowledgeable staff members in a time of shrinking budgets and the inevitable drop in demand for such personnel during the semester. What is an administrator to do? 
Holly Wheeler May 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 5
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Nearly 1.7 million veterans have returned home from service in support of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. More than half a million of them who served after September 11, 2001, enrolled in college classes last year under the Post 9-11 GI Bill. While veterans make up only a small percentage of undergraduates overall, 43 percent of military students who attend college do so at public, two-year institutions (Randall, 2012).
Terry O'Banion April 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 4
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All community colleges have an established culture, whether they are five years old or seventy-five years old. The culture reflects formal and informal power structures, old-guard and new-guard perspectives, written and unwritten values and practices. No one single person in the institution knows everything about the culture; everyone knows something about it. New leaders who fail to make understanding the established college culture one of their first priorities do so at their own peril.
Christina Amato March 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 3
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In an era where students increasingly expect their needs to be met without ever stepping foot on a campus, college staff are under increasing pressure to provide instantaneous assistance and access across a broad realm of college services. This dilemma has left higher education administrators with a difficult charge: engage students more than ever before, using diminishing resources. Sinclair Community College and its online division, SinclairOnline, faced a similar quandary in 2009.
Tara Carter February 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 2
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Community colleges enroll a significant number of African-American students, but the majority of these students do not have an opportunity to learn from African-American professors--a group that is underrepresented in community colleges. To better understand this underrepresentation, I interviewed  African-American community college faculty members using Critical Race Theory (CRT) as the conceptual framework.
Terry O'Banion January 2012
Volume: 25 Issue: 1
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Community colleges live and thrive in the crucible of change--always have, always will. Built on the streets far from the Ivory Tower, they daily confront and embrace an ever-changing community, an ever-changing student body, an ever-changing societal demand for new workers and new citizens, an ever-changing technology, an ever-changing demand for accountability.
Lori Alexander December 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 12
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Comprehending what a program costs is important to everyone from faculty and program directors to senior administrators. With increasing enrollments, understanding the costs associated with offering additional sections of courses is critical to planning. And, with decreasing budgets, knowing the cost of a program helps prioritize resources during tough economic times and helps make the case for additional funding from external sources in support of high-demand/high-cost programs.
Martha Munoz November 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 11
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Community college leaders are extremely knowledgeable about their own regional accrediting bodies as well as long-established accreditation for specialized programs. For example, the National League for Nursing Accreditation and the Commission on Dental Accreditation are among the accrediting bodies that provide specialty program accreditation. Recently, following years of study devoted to feasibility and development, a new program-accreditation process was launched.
Rufus Glasper October 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 10
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Believing that "a healthy democracy depends on engaged citizens, proud of their rights, thoughtful about their responsibilities, and informed about their choices," an increasing number of community colleges are making "The Democracy Commitment" to publicly state their pledge to ensure an education in democracy for their students.
David Thornburg September 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 9
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At a time when the U.S. economy is experiencing great challenges, there is one fact that is a matter of utmost urgency. The development of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills is a national priority. The need for people pursuing careers in these fields has never been higher--even if employment challenges exist in the short term.
Jim Brazell August 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 8
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How do we achieve change? How do we innovate? How do we keep up with technology? These are questions that virtually all institutions and individuals are dealing with in modern society.
Terry O'Banion June 2011
Volume: 24 Issue: 6
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Over 6,500 trustees serve the nation's community colleges. The overwhelming majority of these trustees are exceptional community leaders, elected or appointed to champion the community college mission for the community and students they represent. These local trustees serve the greater good, and as the guardians of their local community colleges they have helped create one of the most dynamic and innovative systems of colleges in the world.

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